Joseph Kosinski to Direct Ken Nolan’s Firefighter Pic ‘No Exit’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Joseph Kosinski to Direct Ken Nolan's

Black Label Media, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Conde Nast Entertainment and producer Mike Menchel have tapped Joseph Kosinski to direct the Ken Nolan-scripted “No Exit.”

The pic tells the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of firefighters that faced one of the deadliest wildfires in history in order to save an Arizona town, resulting in the tragic death of 19 crew members.

Nolan developed the story on spec with the producers.

Di Bonaventura, Erik Howsam, Jeremy Steckler, Dawn Ostroff, Mike Menchel, Black Label Media’s Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill are producing the film. Black Label is financing.

Kosinski broke out with “Tron: Legacy” and followed that up with Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion.”

As for di Bonaventura, the film fits in his wheelhouse of action-packed films following projects like the “Transformers” franchise, “G.I. Joe” and the upcoming “Deepwater Horizon” starring Mark Wahlberg.

Black Label Media has been on a roll following the success of “Sicario” both critically and at the box office. The company’s 2016 slate looks to be just as strong with Jean-Marc Vallee’s upcoming “Demolition” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and the J.D. Salinger pic “Rebel in the Rye” starring Nicholas Hoult and Kevin Spacey.

Steckler and Ostroff recently wrapped “Army of One,” directed by Larry Charles for Endgame and Dimension. Mike Menchel past credits include “One Chance” and “Ain’t Them Body Saints.”

Kosinski and Nolan are repped by CAA. Nolan is also managed by Kaplan/Perrone Ent.

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  1. It is good to see that Joseph Kosinski has decided to make a movie of the Yarnell Hill Wildfire Catastrophy. I am one of the two civilian survivors who were at the fire edge that Sunday, June 30, 2013. Joy Collura was the other survivor who also instigated our hike at 3:30 am that put us there on top of the Weaver Mountains to alert prospectors of the fire even before the GMHS team arrived. Joy took over 1500 still photos of the fire that day that were published of both the men and even the spot where they perished that morning before the area burned.

    To the area on the Weaver mountain we have hiked many authors including Josh Eells of Rolling stones/Mens Journal, John Dougherty of Investigative Media, Norbert Hoeffler of Stern magazine, Fernanda Santos, Phoenix NY times Editor (just released book on Yarnell Fire-“The Fire Line”), Fire Historian Stephen Pyne, author John McClean, Brian Mackenhaupt of Atlantic, Navideth Forghandi Channel 15 reporter for ABC’ NBC’s Kevin Kennedy Channnel 12 commentator, Dr. Ted Putnam, long time smoke jumper, now fire death investigator of previous tragedy at Storm King that killed 14 and investigator of Mann Gulch that killed 13, Morgan Loew, Phoenix Channel 5 news host and commentator, Ered Matthews who produced a play “The Fence”, Zack Ashoor of Phoenix member of Arizona Respiratory Board, former GMHS fire fighter Phillip “Mando” Mandanto, ADOSH investigators, marathon runner Bruce Hanna and Marshall Krotenberg, smoke jumper and former CIA agent Charley Mosely and his friends Dr. Ted Putnam and smoke jumper Johnny Kirkley. That is just a few of the people we have hiked along the trail that wanted to see where the men hiked and worked that we observed that Sunday.

    We have kept abreast of the events of the fire as have investigators and long time fire fighters and investigators who write on John Daugherty’s “Investigative Media”. Long time investigators and wild land fire fighters such as Gary Olsen (also finishing a book on Yarnell Hill Fire), Bob Powers retired Wild Land Fire Boss and Authority, Robert the Second, experienced and Boss on Wild Land Fires, Norb Szczurek, wild land firefighter, and others that contribute to that site give us their take on what went down on that fatal day of June 30, 2013 that took the lives of 19 men. I will not forget to mention the man “Wants To Know The Truth”, aka WTKTT, who is an expert on the Yarnell Hill Fire with phenomenal recall and knowledge of events related to the fire along with Marti Reed, investigator and uncanny ability to dissect photos and information about the fire.

    Do not forget that more than 74 people have died out of the 645 population of Yarnell since the fire. Many of those deaths are also directly related to the fire as much as the deaths of the GMHS. Mark Danielson is believed to be a suicide that walked into the hills and disappeared after borrowing a neighbors gun soon after the fire. Elderly have died, and we know that the ammonium sulphate and nitrate agent orange solution killed fish by the thousands when it was accidentally dumped in rivers. Here it was dumped to the tune of 30,000 gallons, most in close proximity to residences and even on top of many so we believe the lung cell killing NH3 gas and other trade secret chemicals had and indirect effect of killing many of the local elderly people.

    We hope this information is presented to Joseph to help get the real story of the Yarnell Hill Fire. My name is “Sonny” Tex Gilligan. I too lost a son, so know the effects on loved ones of such a tragic event. Joy Collura, my long time hiking pal has a photographic memory of events that day and would be a great help to the events of that day, including our talk with Eric Marsh and photographs and times we talked and argued even at the point they left the two track to go down and we did not. Her memory and photos have been invaluable in tracking the events of that day.

    We had left a rock monument at the point we last passed the men on the two track and Joy had photographed them on their way up to the fire edge where we had just left and talked with Eric Marsh. I have left many tears there on the many times we have hiked people past that spot. It is a great thing that a movie would be made of the event–Something that Ered Matthews of Prescott, AZ had envisioned when he made his play “The Fence” and the many people that paid attendance–Ered donated all the funds toward helping the loved ones of the tragedy.

    Kudos to Director Joseph Kosinski for arranging a story about the Yarnell Hill Wild Fire Tragic Event. We believe the truth will save many future fire fighter’s lives, resident homes and resident lives, wild life and wild land resources, and millions in tax payer dollars. We hope also, knowing already the destructive chemicals in the slurry dumps that have killed thousands of fish and aquatic life, a more thorough investigation will be made of the health effects that concoction has on human life.

  2. Lucy in the sky with diamonds says:

    Thats 8 producers

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