Afghanistan War Documentary ‘Hornet’s Nest’ Gets U.S. Distribution

Afghanistan War Documentary 'Hornet's Nest' Gets

Freestyle Releasing has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Afghanistan combat documentary and set May 23 for a nationwide theatrical release.

Directed by David Salzberg and Christian Tureaud, “Hornet’s Nest” stars father-son journalists Mike and Carlos Boettcher, Emmy award-winning correspondents embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

Producers are Salzberg and Tureaud of HighRoad Media and the Boettchers, with John Brenkus and Mickey Stern exec producing for Base Prods.

Freestyle is touting “Hornet’s Nest” as being in the vein of Relativity’s “Act of Valor” — which grossed $70 million domestically — and Universal’s “Lone Survivior,” which has topped $119 million in the U.S. The film will open in select markets on May 9 and May 16.

The Boettchers spent almost two years covering the American troop surge in Afganistan and are the only father and son to ever win an Emmy for the same news story, having won for ABC News for their coverage of Strong Eagle 3 in 2011. That battle is featured as the final act of the film.

“Freestyle Releasing was immediately moved by the incredible story of Mike and Carlos Boettcher, as well as all the brave servicemen and women on the front lines shown in the film,” said Mark Borde, co-president Freestyle. “This very commercial story of bravery and heroism will definitely appeal to mass audiences.”

The soundtrack, featuring Wynonna Judd and Michael Moser’s “Follow Me,” will be available from Gratitude Entertainment in May.

The film screened at the Napa Film Festival and for top military brass in Washington D.C. at the G.I. Film Festival last year.

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