EXCLUSIVE: Woody Harrelson is in negotiations to re-team with director Rob Reiner and writer Joey Hartstone on the Iraq war pic Shock And Awe. The trio recently finished working together on LBJ, which follows the story of former U.S. President Lyndon Baines Johnson from his young days in West Texas to the White House.
Written by Reiner’s LBJ screenwriter Hartstone — himself generating significant heat in the marketplace — the politically charged Shock And Awe centers on a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the official reason given by the Bush administration for the invasion of Iraq. As last week’s devastating Chilcott Report in the UK revealed, however, there were huge intelligence failures on behalf of both the U.S. and UK governments when selling the proposition of the necessity of war to their respective publics in 2003.
The film, which Reiner has had in development for several years, is scheduled for production this year, with financing from Savvy Media Holdings and Acacia Filmed Entertainment. The producers are Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner.
Harrelson has, in recent years, moved effortlessly between big-budget blockbusters like The Hunger Games franchise and more serious-minded character pieces such as LBJ, Out Of The Furnace and Triple 9, all of which he has excelled in. He has a number of buzzy projects in the pipelines including the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon with Matt Damon currently prepping, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri that recently wrapped filming, and the Matt Reeves-directed War For The Planet Of The Apes in post.
Harrelson is repped by CAA.