Phoenix Pictures is looking to develop a movie based on The Long Road Home -- a book by ABC New's chief White House correspondent Martha Raddatz that should appease some complaints about the liberal slant in Iraq war movies. The book is about an Army platoon that was ambushed by insurgents in 2004 while patrolling Sadr City in Baghdad. Eight soldiers were killed and more than 70 others were injured in the attack. Phoenix exec says this is a great story that should make you cry, and he wants to "get it right and make sure that enough time has elapsed so that people will be receptive." I'm not so sure he's got the time angle down pat.
Meanwhile, Silver Hill Pictures and Paul Pompian Productions have teamed up to tell the life story of Janet Leigh Jones -- a story that is pretty much devoid of pride and heroism. She's a woman who went to the Green Zone to work for Halliburton defense contractor KBR, and she claims: "she was drugged and gang-raped by six KBR employees, then locked in a shipping container without water or food after she reported the crime. Jones has a lawsuit in the works and described her ordeal on Capitol Hill." Patricia K. Meyer will write the script.
Lastly, in the wake of these piles of death and rape, there's studio interest in The Hero, an upcoming book about football star-turned-soldier Pat Tillman. He left sports to enlist, was killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, and "his family later discovered that the Army covered up evidence that he was killed by friendly fire."
Something tells me that these projects won't fare much better than the others.