WB Acquires Colombian Hostage Rescue Pitch

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Warner Bros. has acquired an untitled action thriller pitch about the rescue of 15 hostages from the Colombian jungle last summer, reports Variety. Peter Landesman has been set to write the script.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Scott Z. Burns will produce with McLarty Media, the showbiz consulting arm of D.C.-based international advisory firm McLarty Associates.

The film will focus on Operacion Jaque, a five-year plan to locate and rescue three Americans who had been captured in 2003 by Colombian guerilla group FARC. The covert effort involved numerous governments, diplomats and intelligence services and a vast network of spies, military advisers and soldiers plus high-tech surveillance measures.

WB becomes the second major studio to put a rescue film in development. Sony’s Screen Gems is working on Operation Checkmate, a drama being written by Jessica Postigo, with Simon Brand to direct.

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