Charlize Theron (“Prometheus”) and “Clash of the Titans” producer Basil Iwanyk are developing a film based on war journalist Marie Colvin, who died in Syria this year.
Theron, who may or may not play Colvin, joined with the prolific producer to obtain the rights to a Vanity Fair article called “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” says THR.
A search for a writer to adapt the piece written by Marie Brenner is underway. (Brenner also wrote the article that became the 1999 Michael Mann movie The Insider.)
Colvin died in February while covering the civil war in Syria. She was a world reknowned American war correspondent who wrote for the British paper The Sunday Times, covering wars and conflicts from Kosovo and Chechnya to East Timor and Sri Lanka — where she lost an eye.
Colvin specialized in Middle East affairs and was covering the Syrian uprising in a building that was being shelled by the Syrian Army when she died at age 56.
Colvin was known for her brash style and fought to bring attention to the inhuman and blood-spilling scenes she was seeing. She also endured three divorces and post-traumatic stress disorder all in a careeer that made one of the most important war journalists in the field.
Iwanyk, who also produced “The Town”, is planning to make a classy drama in the vein of the Ben Affleck feature.