'Imperial Life' will be produced by Working Title
LONDON — “United 93” helmer Paul Greengrass is set to write and direct a movie about the aftermath of the Iraq invasion, based on Rajiv Chandrasekaran’sbook “Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq’s Green Zone.”
Like “United 93,” pic will be produced by Lloyd Levin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner for Working Title Films and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Greengrass will start work on the project after he finishes “The Bourne Ultimatum” for U; that pic is in post.
Chandrasekaran’s book, drawn from his own experiences as Baghdad bureau chief of the Washington Post, concerns the chaotic attempts of the Americans to set up a provisional government in the area around Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s palace.
Greengrass is again working closely with “United 93” researchers Kate Solomon and Michael Bronner to mold this material into a narrative. Shooting is scheduled for later this year.
According to insiders, pic will be “more scripted” in advance than “United 93,” whose screenplay evolved from Greengrass’ treatment during production.
Greengrass is on the record as scathingly critical of what he sees as the U.S.’ blunders in Iraq, describing the invasion as “the most calamitous decision of our generation.”