Emmy-winner Abi Morgan has been tapped to script Fox 2000 and Pacific Standard’s adaptation of ASHLEY’S WAR. The studio set up the true story/war drama in March, based on the book Ashley’s War: The Untold Story Of A Team of Women Soldiers On The Special Ops Battlefield written by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon.
Pacific Standard’s Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce, along with Natalie Krinsky. Witherspoon is also anticipated to play a role in the film, which follows the true story surrounding the inception of a pilot program that allowed elite women soldiers on the battlefield in Afghanistan in 2010. The unit, called CST-2, included 1st Lt. Ashley White, who would become the first CST member killed in action.
Morgan is known for scripting the Michael Fassbender drama Shame and the Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady, which starred Meryl Streep. In 2013, she won an Emmy for her work on the BBC spy miniseries The Hour, which starred Dominic West, Ben Whishaw, and Romola Garai.
Morgan also penned the upcoming Carey Mulligan period drama Suffragette, which bows this October, and also stars Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, and Brendan Gleeson. Up next, she’ll script an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Taming Of The Shrew and a feature adaptation of the classic series Little House On The Prairie.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor