Tamasy and Marc Frydman, Paul Merryman, Jeffrey Greenstein, Jonathan Yunger and Rod Lurie will all produce the feature. Production will start on August 2020. Millennium, the company behind The Outpost, plans to show the film at Cannes for international buyers. As for the United States, Screen Media has acquired the rights to the film.
Scott Eastwood plays Staff Sergeant Clint Romesha who received the Congressional Medal of Honor. Cory Hardrict plays Sgt. Vernon Martin and Orlando Bloom plays1st Lieutenant Benjamin D. Keating 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment. Caleb Landry Jones (book-based films such as The Forgiven and Heaven Knows What), will play Specialist Ty Michael Carter, who also received the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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Here is the director, Rob Lurie, statement about the project:
Added Lurie: “I am very proud to say that many of the actors we have already cast in the supporting roles are themselves veterans — as are crew members. I hope to continue that process. Mostly, though, I am just damn thrilled to be telling one of the most heroic stories of military survival ever recorded. Think of the 300 Spartans in a modern war. That’s what this is.”
Here is a quote from the author Jake Tapper, about the project:
“Telling the stories of the men and women who served at Combat Outpost Keating, and those who love them, was the honor of a lifetime," Tapper said. "I am so pleased that Rod Lurie and Millennium will bring the tales of their selflessness and valor to an even wider audience. The 2009 heroic battle of COP Keating resulted in a rare two Medals of Honor and countless other medals. We can never fully repay the troops and their families, but the fact that millions more Americans will soon learn their inspiring story will hopefully convey to these patriots an even greater and deeper sense of appreciation.”
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Here is the goodreads synopsis of The Outpost by Jake Tapper:
At 6:00 a.m. on the morning of October 3, 2009, Combat Outpost Keating was viciously attacked by Taliban insurgents. The 53 U.S. troops, having been stationed at the bottom of three steep mountains, were severely outmanned by nearly 400 Taliban fighters. Though the Americans ultimately prevailed, their casualties made it one of the war's deadliest battles for U.S. forces. And after more than three years in that dangerous and vulnerable valley a mere 14 miles from the Pakistan border, the U.S. abandoned and bombed the camp. A Pentagon investigation later concluded that there was no reason for Outpost Keating to have been there in the first place.
The Outpost is a tour de force of investigative journalism. Jake Tapper exposes the origins of this tragic and confounding story, exploring the history of the camp and detailing the stories of soldiers heroic and doomed, shadowed by the recklessness of their commanders in Washington, D.C. and a war built on constantly shifting sands.
Source material: thehollywoodreporter.com