Nicolas Cage will star as a man who attempted to hunt down Osama Bin Laden all on his own in “Army of One,” a comedy directed by “Borat” filmmaker Larry Charles and being distributed in North America by TWC-Dimension.
TWC-Dimension, a new arm of the Weinstein Company for which both Bob and Harvey Weinstein work together on films with both artistic and commercial appeal, announced the acquisition of the project from Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment on Wednesday.
The semi-scripted movie written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (“Draft Day”) is a “loose retelling” of a GQ article written by Chris Heath about Gary Faulkner, a Colorado man who picked up a pistol and a samurai sword to sneak across the Pakistan border to hunt down Osama Bin Laden.
The film will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at CNÉ, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment’s James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will be overseeing the project for Endgame.
Patrick Newall will serve as executive producer for the production, which is slated to begin principal photography in early 2015 in hopes of an end-of-year release.
The deal was negotiated by TWC-Dimension COO and president David Glasser and by CAA and WME Global for the filmmakers and producers. FilmNation will be handling foreign sales.
“For many years I’ve been a fan of Larry Charles, from his work on ‘Seinfeld,’ to ‘Borat,’ ‘Bruno’ and most recently ‘The Dictator.’ I’m thrilled to be in business with him and look forward to working with him on this fascinating story,” Weinstein Company co-chairman Bob Weinstein said.