Gold Circle has bought a pitch on war and terrorism with “Traffic”-like intersecting storylines from Tucker Tooley, Christian Gudegast and Rolling Stone reporter Evan Wright.
Pic will be produced by Tooley and Gudegast. Wright will write the script.
He uncovered a story about an informant who infiltrated a bar in the Southwest and gathered intelligence about terrorists who hung out there, a group that included a couple of 9/11 hijackers. Unfortunately, the impact wasn’t fully realized until after the World Trade Center attack.
“The perception is that terrorism is not part of our lives, that it is something that happens far away,” Tooley said. “But this is a story people can relate to, and it is not far-fetched to think that the next attack might be thwarted by a smart cop or a security guard who notices something.”
Gold Circle president Paul Brooks made the purchase as he continues to bulk up on comedies and dramas.
Tooley and Gudegast previously worked together on “A Man Apart,” a pic Gudegast wrote.
Wright wrote “Generation Kill,” a book that chronicled his experience of traveling with an elite Marine force, one of the first to trek from Kuwait to Baghdad before U.S. forces invaded Iraq. HBO is turning his book into a six-part miniseries.