Magazine article Screen International

Marie Colvin Biopic Sets 'Cartel Land' Director Matthew Heineman

Magazine article Screen International

Marie Colvin Biopic Sets 'Cartel Land' Director Matthew Heineman

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Cartel Land director Matthew Heineman has been tapped to direct Charlize Theron-produced biopic Marie Colvin, about the eponymous US war correspondent who died in 2012 while covering the Syrian conflict.

Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road Pictures is producing the prestige package with Theron's Denver & Delilah Productions and What Maisie Knew executive-producer Marissa McMahon.

Screen understands that the production could get underway at the end of the year however there is still no official word on whether Theron will also take on the lead role in the film, something she has done on most films produced by Denver & Delilah to date, including Aileen Wuornos biopic Monster, for which Theron won an Oscar.

Script comes from Arash Amel (The Titan) and is based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about Colvin's revered life as a war correspondent.

The US-born journalist wrote for The Sunday Times and covered countless major conflicts in the last three decades, including the Sri Lankan civil war, where she was severely injured and lost an eye; the Arab Spring; and the war in Syria, where she died in a rocket attack while reporting from Homs. …

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