EXCLUSIVE: Bear Grylls’ production company The Natural Studios, the JV with Banijay, has set Escape From Pretoria director Francis Annan to helm its first scripted movie, a contemporary reworking of The Count Of Monte Cristo.
Annan is newly aboard to script and direct the film, which will be set in Afghanistan.
As previously announced, the project is being produced by Into The Wild With Bear Grylls producer Natural Studios and Pure Grass’s Ben Grass (Twist) and Christophe Charlier (Race). The previous script came from Tom Williams (Kajaki).
The movie will focus on the friendship and bitter rivalry that develops between two special forces soldiers who are sent to war in Afghanistan.
Grylls, who was Emmy nominated this week for Running Wild With Bear Grylls, said with producing partner Delbert Shoopman: “It’s fantastic to welcome Francis to the team on this new adventure. We were enthralled by Escape From Pretoria, and loved the nail-biting, palpable tension that Francis brought to it, and we’re looking forward to him making a sophisticated thriller with style, telling this classic never-give-up story with heart and soul.”