EXCLUSIVE: Imprint Entertainment, who recently wrapped production on the James Franco film The Vault, has just optioned both the film rights to the Nate Self military memoir Two Wars as well as the script by Joel Carpenter entitled The Ridge which is based on the book. Self’s story about the Battle of Takur Ghar which told of the daring rescue of a fallen Navy Seal behind enemy lines has been featured on NBC’s Dateline and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal.
Self is graduate from West Point who served as an infantry officer in Germany, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq before eventually rising to Captain in the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. He became the U.S. Army special operations ground force commander that led his fellow Rangers during a ferocious 18-hour fire-fight against an opposing enemy force in order to rescue a fallen Navy Seal. It became known as the Battle of Takur Ghar (translated it means ‘Tall Mountain’).
For their actions, Nate and his fellow Rangers were awarded numerous honors, including the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the Purple Heart.
Carpenter has already adapted the harrowing, on the edge-of-your seat story for the big screen. He served as an Assault Team Leader for the U.S. Army Special Operations unit, the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment during some of the most active years of the Global War on Terrorism. Throughout his years of service he participated in four combat deployments – three in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and one in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The book was written as a tribute to the men who fought on Takur Ghar and their families. Self said he wrote it “to create awareness about the wars that soldiers face — both the very physical war of combat and the spiritual and emotional wars that every soldier brings home with him and carries for the rest of their lives. Soldiers train years to be prepared for that one moment and for us that moment was being shot down on that 10,000 foot mountain and the bloody battle that followed where we sacrificed many lives to bring one man home.”
The project will be produced by Imprint’s Michael Becker, with Joel Carpenter serving as Executive Producing.
Imprint is currently in prep on the animated feature Groove Tails with Jamie Foxx and also recently signed on to produce/finance Girl Soldier, the feature based on Kathy Cook’s book Stolen Angels: The Kidnapped Girls of Uganda. Uma Thurman is attached to star and produce in that one.