Singh takes on Brit war pic

JOHANNESBURG — A movie on a disastrous mission by a British SAS team during the Gulf War is to be shot in a desert region of South Africa next month, local producer Anant Singh said.

“Bravo Two Zero,” a 6.5 million dollar co-production with the British Broadcasting Corp., is based on a bestselling book by SAS officer Andy McNab, Singh told Variety.

It tells how the SAS team was sent into Iraq during the Gulf War in a mission based on wrong information.

“Everything went wrong,” Singh said. “They were given the wrong equipment and the wrong co-ordinates. It tells the story of how they managed to survive.”

The lead role will be played by Sean Bean (“Golden Eye”). Briton Tom Clegg (“McVicar,” “The Sweeney”) will be directing. Shooting is skedded to start Aug. 11 in and around the desert near Upington, in Northern Cape province.

Singh has been awarded the rights to film South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, and said he plans to begin shooting on that movie, “Long Walk To Freedom,” toward the end of next year.

“It’s a film I’m extremely excited about,” he said, adding that the pic combines crossover potential with an important life.British scriptwriter Bill Nicholson (“Shadowlands,” “First Night” and “Nell”) has just completed a script, which is on its way to Singh.

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