EXCLUSIVE: Andrew Cypiot’s Black List script 105 And Rising, about a Black Hawk Down-like rescue mission waged during the fall of Saigon, is creating serious heat in the marketplace now that Antoine Fuqua has an eye toward directing it — as soon as the fall, if the pieces drop in place quickly. The project isn’t set up yet, but several suitors are circling, with Black Label Media among them.
The logline: Amidst the chaos of a falling nation on April 29, 1975, the objective was clear: safely evacuate all remaining Americans from Saigon. But to Major Jim Kean and Ambassador Graham Martin, the moment represented something else: the final opportunity to uphold promises and obligations to the people of South Vietnam, who will be murdered if they aren’t evacuated. They saved close to 2,000, making this one part Black Hawk Down and one part Argo, potentially.
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There is an ensemble aspect to the drama and star parts for those two main characters, with several major stars eying. Fuqua, who just completed The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt leading a strong ensemble cast, has long wanted to do a movie like this one. Cota Films’ Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing with Josh Kazdan. Stay tuned. Cypiot is repped by Verve and Fuqua is CAA.
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