More Details on Redford’s Enemies


It was first revealed that Robert Redford is directing Against All Enemies in the pre-strike priority memo being circulated around agencies, and now Variety has revealed more on the project.

The policital pic is a big screen adaptation of Richard A. Clarke’s memoir “Against All Enemies” for producer John Calley.

Columbia Pictures had been developing the project, but the studio put it into turnaround last month. Capitol Films picked the project up and is raising financing. Redford’s deal is pending financing.

Sony will distribute Against All Enemies in North America. The studio backed off producing the project in part because of the plethora of Iraq War-themed movies, even though this one is set inside the entrenched Washington bureaucracy.

Jamie Vanderbilt wrote the screenplay, which centers on Clarke, the counterterrorism adviser to three presidents, who charged in his book that the Bush administration prioritized Iraq above threats from Al Qaeda both before and after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Paul Haggis was attached to direct for Columbia. Vince Vaughn flirted with the role of World Trade Center security chief John O’Neill, who died in the Manhattan attacks. Sean Penn considered playing Clarke in the film.