The story is based on the life of U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant August O’Niell, who was injured in the line of duty while fighting in Afghanistan in 2011, but was so eager to return to service that he opted to amputate his left leg above the knee in order to improve his chances of recovery.
O’Niell subjected himself to 20 surgeries over nearly four years and had to learn to walk and then run again in order to be reinstated as an amputee, all in the hope of returning to combat as a pararescueman so he could save more lives.
Irene Yeung will oversee the project for Ian Bryce Productions, which has a first-look deal at Paramount. Bryce produced all five Transformers movies and is currently working with scribe Joe Ballarini to develop an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Greenglass House.
Stern previously wrote Henry-Alex Rubin’s drama Disconnect, which starred Jason Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard and Paula Patton. He’s represented by ICM Partners and Principato-Young Entertainment, while UTA reps Bryce.
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