Marlantes, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, spent more than 30 years writing the book. Iwanyk and Cook, an Iraq war veteran himself, forged a relationship with Marlantes when the book was first released in 2009 — leading led to a creative alliance to develop the project independently as a vehicle for Cook to direct before taking the project out.
The book is set in Vietnam in 1969 where Matterhorn is a fire-support base located between Laos and the DMZ. The key characters are a second lieutenant who’s a recent college graduate and his compatriots, most of whom are teenagers.
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Cook has penned a pair of Black List scripts: “999,” which has John Hillcoat attached to direct; and “By Way of Helena.”
Marlantes is repped by ICM Partners. Cook is repped by WME and Anonymous.