Clarke’s book chronicles how the Bush administration handled the al-Qaida threat both before and after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The former U.S. terrorism czar’s story offers an insider’s account into the nation’s security apparatus, featuring a cast of Washington power brokers.
Sean Penn is rumored to be on board to play Clarke while discussions have been held with Vaughn about filling the role of former Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill.
Offers are not yet on the table because Columbia Pictures is fine-tuning the film’s budget.
The Hollywood Reporter goes on to say that while Clarke’s book has been criticized by the Bush administration, his version of the administration’s security failures and its decision to go to war with Iraq has been backed up by testimony from O’Neill.