Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey’s Icon Productions have acquired the rights to The Crossroad, a best-selling memoir by the first Australian to receive the prestigious Victoria Cross since 1969.

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The story follows Mark Donaldson from his youth, when he had already lost his Vietnam veteran father and his mother suddenly disappeared (thought to have been murdered). He enlisted in the Australian Army and worked to achieve his goal of joining Australia’s elite Special Air Service.

While serving in Afghanistan, he would make a split decision that would forever change his life and the life of a wounded Afghan interpreter. Under Taliban fire he took off, sprinting 80 meters to haul the injured man back to the safety of a slow-moving U.S. Humvee that was being smashed by enemy fire from all angles. In the process of saving others, he also saves himself.

The news was first reported by Deadline’s sister publication Variety.