Oliver Stone, whose 1986 pic “Platoon” won the best pic Oscar, is heading back to Vietnam.
Stone is writing and is attached to direct “Spite House” at Columbia Pictures, a pic that’s based on a non-fiction tome of the same name by Monika Jensen-Stevenson. Project is being produced by Winkler Films’ Irwin Winkler and his producing partner Rob Cowan.
In 1965, 10 days before he was to be sent home, a young Marine named Bobby Garwood was sent by a captain assigned to a military intelligence unit to pick up an officer. His orders were to simply drive the officer to an airstrip and return to his base.
Garwood did not return to base, and, indeed it would be 14 years before he would return home: Instead, captured by an enemy patrol he would be imprisoned and spend years being tortured by Viet Cong who were under the mistaken impression that he was an intelligence officer.
Humiliated by his error in judgment, the captain who sent the under-equipped Marine on such a dangerous errand would later perjure himself about sending Garwood on the assignment. The missing private Garwood was reported AWOL and labeled a possible deserter.
After Garwood escaped in 1979, he was court-martialed as a traitor upon his return to the United States.
The original script, titled “The Hunted” from Paul Attanasio (“Donnie Brasco”), focused on a repentant colonel who was part of an elite commando unit that fed false reports about the private and was ordered to hunt down and kill him.
CAA-repped Stone is understood to be focusing more on Garwood’s personal trials both in Vietnam and at his court-martial in the U.S.