EXCLUSIVE: Relativity Media is teaming with prolific producer Dana Brunetti to craft a drama based on two American heroes who were killed while saving U.S. lives during the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya. The studio has acquired the life rights of former U.S. Navy SEALs-turned CIA contractors Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, who rescued 30 Americans in the attacks on the U.S. Diplomatic Compound that claimed the lives of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and U.S. Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate and torched it.
Also acquired by the studio are the life rights to Woods’ wife Dorothy Woods and Sean Lake, Doherty’s best friend and executor of his estate. The studio will work closely with Ms. Woods and Mr. Lake to tell the accurate story of how two very different soldiers bravely came together and ultimately sacrificed their lives in service to their fellow Americans.
The untitled drama is being written by Matthew Sand, who most recently scripted Deepwater Horizon, the heroic tale of an attempt to contain and save lives during a devastating explosion on an offshore oil rig that created the worst oil spill in U.S. history. That Lionsgate film stars Mark Wahlberg, who’s reteaming with his Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg. Relativity president of production Robbie Brenner is shepherding.
Brunetti’s latest film is this weekend’s steamy S&M adaptation of Fifty Shades Of Grey, but he has a slew of prestige non-fiction credits that include Moneyball, The Social Network and Captain Phillips. “You can’t say enough about the men and women who voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way in service to our country,” he said. “Ty and Glen’s story is one of heroism and sacrifice. It’s my hope that sharing their story with the world will bring some much due recognition to not only them, but those who have and continue to serve. I can’t think of a better way to honor these young men and women.”
This becomes the second major Benghazi project. The other, which has a big head start, is the Michael Bay-directed 13 Hours, which so far has John Krasinski and James Badge Dale set to star at Paramount.
Dorothy Woods said of her late husband: “Ty’s story stands alongside the countless acts of selfless service and sacrifice that define his brotherhood of elite warriors. He knew his place was on the roof that night so that others could go home. Since the day Ty died, I have been approached by many who want to tell the Benghazi story. The team at Relativity will tell Ty’s story the way he would want it told.”
Said Doherty’s executor Sean Lake: ”Glen was an incredible man who inspired those around him to be better people. The Doherty family and I feel fortunate to be working with the Relativity team, who are committed to telling Glen’s story with integrity.”