Nicolas Chartier, who won a best picture Oscar for “The Hurt Locker,” is returning to the Middle East with a movie about Blackwater founder Erik Prince.
Chartier’s Voltage Pictures has acquired Prince’s life rights, rights to his recent autobiography “Civilian Warriors” and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article “Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy.”
Craig Flores and Chartier will produce for Voltage, which is also financing, along with Ciralsky.
The untitled project will chronicle Prince’s life story and the rise and fall of his intensely secretive and highly controversial company.
Prince, a former Navy SEAL and heir to an auto-parts fortune, founded Blackwater in North Carolina swampland in order to build the world’s finest special forces training facility. After 9/11, Blackwater was transformed into an extension of the U.S. intelligence community with Prince serving as CEO while secretly moonlighting as a CIA spy.
After a Blackwater team was charged with killing over a dozen civilians in Baghdad’s Nisour Square in 2007, Prince was outed as a CIA asset and wound up on Al-Qaeda’s hit list. He sold his company in 2010 and began working for the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
“From ‘The Hurt Locker’ to ‘Dallas Buyers Club,’ I have been a fan of Voltage’s work,” Prince said. “I am thrilled that they will share with audiences how a team of ex-frogmen started a business in the swamps of North Carolina and – through innovation, efficiency and daring – took on some of the most challenging and contentious missions in the War on Terror.”
Prince and Ciralsky are repped by CAA.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.