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Nicolai Fuglsig to Direct War in Afghanistan Movie ‘Horse Soldiers’ for Lionsgate

Danish filmmaker Nicolai Fuglsig has been hired to direct Afghanistan War drama “Horse Soldiers” for Lionsgate.

Jerry Bruckheimer is producing with Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill and Thad Luckinbill of Black Label Media, which is co-financing and producing with Bruckheimer.

The project, which has been in development since 2012, is based on Doug Stanton’s book “Horse Soldiers: The Extraordinary Story of a Band of U.S. Soldiers Who Rode to Victory in Afghanistan.” Peter Craig and Ted Tally are writing the script about a team of CIA agents and special forces who head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

After a series of intense battles, they captured the city of Mazar-i-Sharif, which was strategically essential to defeat their opponent throughout the country. After being welcomed as liberators, they were ambushed by would-be POWs during a surrender of 600 Taliban troops.

Fuglsig moved from photojournalism into directing with the documentary “Return of the Exiled,” which won the Gold Lion in the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. He filmed a Sony Bravia commercial featuring 250,000 bouncing balls in San Francisco and won DGA Awards twice for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials.

The movie is Fugslig’s feature directing debut. He is repped by WME. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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