Scott Cooper to Direct Drama About Granite Mountain Hotshots
Though last year's drama Out of the Furnace didn't result in any big awards buzz, the drama from director Scott Cooper did contain some fantastic performances, and it was far from being a terrible movie. Tough the director is no longer taking on Stephen King's The Stand, he's preparing to shoot the Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with Johnny Depp in the lead role as his next project. However, the Crazy Heart helmer has also lined up another project for his future slate, as Deadline reports he will direct a film focusing on the heroic Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew who died in a wildfire blaze last summer. Read on!
Last June, 19 members of the elite firefighter crew died while battling the out of control flames at Yarnell Hill, making it the largest loss of firefighter life since the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and the greatest loss of wildfire firefighters in 80 years. But one man, Brendan McDonough, survived the tragedy, and his story will be told along with the perished in a script from Black Hawk Down writer Ken Nolan. Transformers franchise producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura will produce with Mike Menchel and Conde Nast Entertainment, and if it's similar to the intense, ensemble drama of Black Hawk Down, it'll be great.
Firefighters rarely get films made about them, with the last that I can recall being Ladder 49 with John Travolta and Joaquin Phoenix. But these heroes save countless lives, putting themselves in danger, and rarely suffering a casualty themselves. Producers will be talking with the friends and family of the deceased Granite Mountain crew in order to paint the best picture possible in this feature film. Cooper says, "The heroic and tragic story of the men who gave their lives to protect the community of Yarnell is heartbreaking, compelling and inspiring. I look forward to telling their story with the respect, sensitivity and authenticity that these true American heroes deserve.” Sound good?