John Stockwell is set to direct “Code Name Geronimo,” a thriller centered on the pursuit by Navy SEALS of Osama Bin Laden. Nicholas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures will begin shopping the pic to buyers at the American Film Market next week.
Project faces competition with Sony’s upcoming pic about the U.S. military’s hunt for the Al Qaeda leader, which is being put together by “The Hurt Locker” duo of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal. Ironically, Chartier shared a best picture Oscar with Bigelow, Boal and Greg Shapiro for producing that Iraq-set thriller.
Stockwell — whose credits include “Dark Tide,” with Halle Berry; “Turistas,” with Olivia Wilde and Josh Duhamel; and “Into the Blue” — will direct “Geronimo” from a screenplay by Kendall Lampkin.
Story hinges on the military incursion into Bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan from the perspective of a small contingent of Navy SEALS. Pic takes a look into their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo.
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Principal photography is skedded to begin in January.
Stockwell is repped by ICM while Lampkin is repped by Madhouse Entertainment.
Voltage Pictures, headed by Nicolas Chartier, has pics at AFM including Kristen Wiig-Annette Bening comedy “Imogene,” Nicolas Cage-John Cusack starrer “Frozen Ground” and Morgan Freeman starrer “At Dog Dave’s,” helmed by Rob Reiner.