Mark Donald’s memoir Battle Ready: Memoir Of A Seal Warrior Medic is being developed for television by Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist, State Of Affairs) who is set to write the series adaptation and direct.
Battle Ready tells the story of retired Navy SEAL Mark L. Donald, former Marine, combat medic, and physician’s assistant who served his country for nearly 25 years and survived a number of harrowing and dangerous combat missions. He is the only Naval Officer since World War II to receive two of the top three combat valor awards — the Navy Cross and the Silver Star for extraordinary heroism and courage under fire and is also the most highly decorated Special Ops soldier since the Vietnam War. The series will focus on Donald’s time in both Iraq and Afghanistan and the extensive, often clandestine combat missions he was engaged in.
“Mark represents a singularity not only within the military but within the Special Forces Community: The man charged with saving the lives of his fellow soldiers on the battlefield was also a highly skilled operator entrusted with defending them and engaging the enemy as well,” said Carnahan. “The duality of the surgeon and the soldier, is something that fascinated me about this particular story.”
Tracy Falco, former EVP Production at Universal Pictures, will executive produce with Carnahan, along with Greg Harris and Chris George. The project is yet to be set up at a studio and a network.
Carnahan is repped by CAA and attorney Stuart Rosenthal.