After having survived the wartime rigours of Hacksaw Ridge, you might think Andrew Garfield would have had his fill of cine-combat for a while. But he's attached to star in and produce another based-on-truth tale of life in the firing line, Black Lion.
The film will tell the story of Carlos Mavroleon, whose life story is inherently cinematic. A Harvard-educated heir to a shipping empire, he ditched a success life as a Wall Street trader to become a war reporter in Afghanistan. According to press reports, he did much more than that, including commanding a unit of Afghan Mujahideen against Russian forces and working as a bodyguard for a Pakistani tribal chief. Known for his dashing style, he won an assignment for US show 60 Minutes, tasked with sneaking into Afghan tribal territories after America's 1998 missile strikes against Osama Bin Laden's camps following the bombing of American embassies. He was among the first journalists to discover the link between Pakistan and Al Qaida and was subsequently found dead in a motel room in the Pakistani city of Peshawar a few days later under mysterious circumstances.
Stay Gold Features is developing this one, and Alessandro Camon is wrting the script. Garfield has David Robert Mitchell's Under The Silver Lake headed our way and will be seen in Andy Serkis' Breathe, which opens on 27 October.