Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Oscar-nominated writers of The Fighter, have partnered with Sam Raimi on the feature adaptation of Jake Tapper‘s bestselling book The Outpost: An Untold Story Of American Valor. Raimi will produce and supervise development of the script with an eye towards directing. Raimi will produce with Rob Tapert, and Paul Merryman will be co-producer.
The film becomes part of a growing number focusing on the bravery of American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus of The Outpost is the defense of a remote U.S. camp in Eastern Afghanistan by 53 American soldiers as it was overrun by up to 400 Taliban fighters. The intense and deadly day-long clash resulted in multiple citations including Medals of Honor to two recipients, the first time America’s highest military award has been given to two living soldiers for the same battle since 1968.
Said Raimi: “The Outpost is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen. I’m honored to be a part of it.” Tapper, who’s reported extensively on Afghanistan, is the host of CNN’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, and is chief Washington correspondent for the cable news network. (more…)