Appaloosa scribe Robert Knott has signed on to write a biopic about Bradley Snyder, the U.S. Navy officer who lost his sight after being hit by an IED during a tour in Afghanistan but overcame it to become a Paralympic gold medal swimmer.

Bradley SnyderSnyder was a Navy explosive ordnance-disposal officer in the war, and after the bombing needed multiple facial reconstructive surgeries before eventually going blind. Exactly one year after his vision loss, though, he won two gold medals and one silver for the U.S. in swimming at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. He eventually became the world’s No. 1-ranked blind swimmer.

Red Entertainment (Balls Out) and Red Sanders are producing the film, with shooting is expected to begin next summer.

Knott recently completed Buster for Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Picture Show and Universal Pictures and is currently scripting the FX minseries Desperadoes. He also is author of the bestselling Robert Parker book series and an actor whose credits include Pollock and High Low Country. He is repped by APA, Thruline and Stone, Meyer.

Snyder, now training for the 2016 Games in Brazil, is repped by The Factory Agency.