Safe House and Life director Daniel Espinosa has been attached by Sony Pictures to direct its adaptation of Clinton Romesha’s novel Red Platoon: A True Story of American Valor with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures producing.
Last year, Sony bought the rights to Romesha’s book about his experiences as a Medal of Honor-awarded member of Red Platoon and the Black Knight Troop. In 2009, Romesha and his fellow soldiers took on the Taliban when it raided the remote US military Command Outpost Keating, a 14-hour assault that took the lives of eight men, as Romesha and his men tried to defend the outpost.
The movie based on his story is said to be a war film in the vein of Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down.
Ben Affleck was originally in talks to direct the Afghanistan War movie, which would have reunited him with his Argo co-producers, but Sony decided to go with the Swedish filmmaker who most recently directed the sci-fi thriller Life for Sony and Skydance Productions.
In 2012, the WME and Magnolia Entertainment-repped Espinosa had a substantial hit with the action-thriller Safe House starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. His 2015 follow-up Child 44 didn’t fare as well, getting a nominal theatrical release by Lionsgate into 510 theaters but only grossing $1.2 million in Noth America.
Deadline first reported Espinosa’s attachment.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor