Fincher soldiers on to direct ‘Alone’

WWII tale follows the plight of heroic Col. Fertig

David Fincher is in serious conversations to helm “They Fought Alone” for Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher’s Sony-based Red Wagon Prods.

The original screenplay from playwright and screenwriter William Nicholson has caught a number of A-listers’ interest since it was delivered to Col earlier this year, most notably Tom Cruise.

“They Fought Alone,” which is also known as “Fertig,” is based on the real-life events of Col. Wendell Fertig. An American soldier in the Philippines, he became a pivotal figure in the Pacific Theater during World War II.

Described by insiders as a heroic saga of a man’s relentless pursuit of victory in the face of daunting odds, it follows Fertig and a ragtag team of U.S. soldiers as they recruit and mass a guerrilla movement.

Fertig and his men harassed the Japanese so thoroughly that the imperials could not ultimately control the island by the time Gen. Douglas MacArthur made his so famously promised return.

Pic would not likely begin production until well past next summer.

Nicholson most recently directed “Firelight” for Miramax and co-wrote Red Wagon’s “Gladiator,” which has grossed $180 million domestically.

Col exec veepee Doug Belgrad and director of development Rachel O’Connor will supervise the production of “Fertig” for the studio.

Columbia execs were not available for comment. Calls placed to Red Wagon principals were not returned.

Fincher is repped by CAA.

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