EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and Principato-Young are teaming to acquire and develop On Call In Hell, the bestselling memoir by heroic battlefield doctor Rich Jadick and his days in Fallujah risking his own life trying to triage and rush gravely wounded American soldiers to safety before they bled out. He often defied orders and his own survival concerns to do it, and his bravery makes Jadick reminiscent of Jeremy Renner’s bomb de-fuser in The Hurt Locker. Jadick, a marine officer and surgeon, was the first doctor in the armed forces ever to be awarded the bronze star for valor in combat for his heroic acts in Iraq.
Andrew Stern (Disconnect) developed the feature script with producer Allen Fischer before they brought it to Scott Free, where Scott and Michael Schaefer will produce with Fischer. Scott, who just completed Exodus: Gods And Kings and next directs The Martian with Matt Damon, isn’t looking to helm this one but they will secure a filmmaker quickly, insiders said. Scott directed the battlefield classic Black Hawk Down.
“Rich Jadick is a real American hero,” Scott said in a statement. “I have always been interested in non-fiction character stories and this is an exceptional example of a movie that might be set in a war zone but is really about one man’s courage to take action into his own hands to save other.”
Fischer is a producer on the Gus Van Sant-directed Sea Of Trees with Matthew McConaughey, and Scott Free also has Child 44 and Equals in post and along with The Martian, next up is the Sony Pictures film The Concussion with Will Smith. Stern, who separately is writing Van Cliburn for Temple Hill and The Fault In Our Stars’ Ansel Elgort, is represented by ICM Partners and Principato-Young Entertainment. The scribe also just sold a pilot to ABC.