‘Cartel Land’ Director Matthew Heineman to Helm Marie Colvin Biopic
Art and Experience: Oscar-nominated filmmaker Matthew Heineman will direct the biopic “Marie Colvin” about the life of the war correspondent of the same name.
Marissa McMahon and Thunder Road Pictures are producing with Charlize Theron’s Denver & Delilah company. The film has not yet been cast.
Arash Amel adapted the script, based on Marie Brenner’s 2012 Vanity Fair article “Marie Colvin’s Private War.” Colvin was the American reporter who died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.
She reported from several conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001.
Heineman’s “Cartel Land” received five Emmy nominations. The film was nominated for an Academy Award in 2016 for best documentary feature and premiered in the U.S. documentary competition at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the best director award and special jury prize for cinematography.
Heineman also won the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Documentary Award from the Directors Guild of America, the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association and a George Polk Award in Investigative Journalism.
CAA is packaging “Marie Colvin” and will be taking it out to financiers. CAA will also represent the film’s domestic rights.
Heineman is represented by CAA, Cinetic Media and attorney Jerry Dasti. Thunder Road Pictures is represented by CAA. Amel is represented by CAA and Grandview.