Belgium-based Corsan has begun casting for its e15 million ($21.7 million) adaptation of “Devil’s Double,” the story of an Iraqi Army lieutenant forced to become the double of Saddam Hussein’s son Uday.
Michael Thomas adapted the story of Latif Yahia, who wrote two tomes about his experiences, “The Devil’s Double” and “I Was Saddam’s Son.” Yahia was stationed on the Iranian border when he was summoned to Saddam Hussein’s inner sanctum and given the choice: Become the body double of Uday or die. Pic will also include details of Yahia’s experiences after he fled Iraq to Europe and refused to become an agent for the CIA.
Lensing, which will mostly take place in Spain, is skedded to begin next summer. Project is out to directors.
“Devil’s Double” is being produced by Corrino Films’ Atilla Meijs and Michael John Fedun, along with Emjay Rechsteiner of Staccato Films. Corsan CEO Paul Bruels is exec producing, along with Harris Tulchin of Tulchin Entertainment and Arjen Terpstra of Foreign Media Group.
Corsan is handling worldwide sales.
Fedun said, “Even though Latif Yahia’s humanity was taken away from him, he never gave in to the temptation and opulence that went along with being the ‘third son of Saddam Hussein,’ and he somehow managed to hold onto his identity even in the face of pure evil.”
And Corsan chief operating officer and producer Catherine Vandeleene enthused about Yahia’s “fascinating saga.”
Along with “The Hessen Affair,” the company’s slate includes “The Box Collector,” “Waiting for Dublin,” “Singularity” and “Meant to Be” — all developed and produced by Corsan.