Movie star Bradley Cooper is developing a Mini series on HBO about the rise of ISIS.
The series will be based on the book Black Flags:The Rise of ISIS by Joby Warrick, which won the 2016 Pulitzer prize for General Non-fiction.
The book tells the story of the rise of the Jihadist group from its origins in a Jordanian prison into a pseudo state that covers large parts of Iraq and Syria. It also includes the tale of a small band of American and International agents working on countering ISIS.
"delighted to finally be able to make this news public" Warrick said on a post on Twitter.https://twitter.com/JobyWarrick/status/761314393783095296
After reading the book, Cooper thought it might make a good mini-series. He got in touch with Warrick, and together with his production partner Todd Philips, they traveled to the author's hometown and pitched the idea.
“When you write a book of nonfiction on an important subject, you’re flattered that there is film interest but you’re also a little worried,” Warrick said. “I came away feeling very impressed with the integrity of their ideas.”
And despite not being asked to write the script, he is confident that Cooper and Philips will deliver his vision to screen. “The story is in good hands,” he said.
Warrick who also works as a national security reporter for the Washington Post said that the mini-series will try to educate people about Islamic State as well as clarify certain misconceptions. These are ideas he has talked about with Cooper and which he believes are important for the average American citizens to know.
“It’s entertainment but it’s not purely entertainment,” he said.
Cooper and Philips will serve as Executive Producers through their Joint Effort Production company, together with Gregg Hurwitz who will also be writing the script, and Helmer Tim Van Patten who will also direct.
There is no word yet on who will be cast and there is no estimated air date that has been announced.