Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Charlie Wilson's War-Movie 

I like what i'm hearing:
news on a project called CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR that Universal is doing with Mike Nichols in talks to direct. Tom Hanks is attached to star in the flick which was scripted by Aaron Sorkin. Variety says that Julia Robert is also in talks to reteam with Nichols in this flick... Here's the Hollywood Reporter description:
Mike Nichols is in discussions to direct "Charlie Wilson's War" for Universal Pictures. Tom Hanks is attached to star and is producing with Gary Goetzman via the duo's Playtone banner. Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing," wrote a screenplay adaptation of "War" -- based on the book written by George Crile, who had been a longtime "60 Minutes" producer -- for Universal Pictures and Playtone. "War" centers on the CIA's covert operation in Afghanistan to arm the mujahideen. The covert ops were engineered by Charlie Wilson, a charismatic, wheeler-dealer, liberal Texas congressman who teamed with a rogue CIA operative. The two manipulated Congress, the CIA and a host of foreign governments in order to assist the Afghan rebels in their fight against the Soviets in the 1980s. Many of the men armed by the CIA went on to become the Taliban's enforcers and Osama bin Laden's protectors.
If you haven't read the book yet, go get it. It's a real eye opener.


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