- THUNDER RUN
Con Air and Expendables 2 director Simon West looks set to helm the Iraq war thriller Thunder Run.
Brian Presley’s Freedom Films and Fred Malmburg’s Paradox Entertainment will co-finance the latter project, which is slated to begin production in July, with a cast headed by Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey.
|Gerard Butler, Sam Worthington and Matthew McConaughey|
Check out the official description of Thunder Run.
“Thunder Run,” is an all CG 3-D action thriller based on the non-fiction book “Thunder Run - The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent David Zucchino. Adapting the story for the screen are Academy Award-winner Robert Port and Ken Nolan, screenwriter of “Black Hawk Down.”
“Thunder Run” is the untold story of the dangerous and bloody capture of Baghdad by American Forces at the onset of the Iraq War. In April 2003, three battalions and fewer than a thousand men launched a violent thrust of tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles into the heart of a city of five million, igniting a three-day blitzkrieg, which military professionals often refer to as a lightning strike, or “thunder run.” In telling the story of the surprise assault on Baghdad–one of the most decisive battles in recent American combat history–this movie paints the harrowing picture of the soldiers on the front lines and the realities of modern warfare.”
The writers and director behind the film suggest Thunder Run could make for a viscerally-engaging viewing experience, that looks quite different than your average combat thriller, being something akin to Call of Duty, but not so much that feels like a first person shooter game come to life.