Deadline reports Paramount is looking to buy the rights to the recently published The Ministry Of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill’s Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze And Gave Birth To Modern Black Ops by Damien Lewis. Jerry Bruckheimer is attached as a producer.
The book focuses on the Special Operations Executive, a group of British soldiers who formed the first black ops team. They were tasked by Prime Minister Winston Churchill to “set Europe Ablaze” when the normal rules of warfare seemed to be favoring the Germans. According to the report, “They won important victories against the Nazis, breaking all the accepted rules of warfare in the process and using deception and even the bow an arrow to dispatch the enemy.”
A quick scan of a description of an earlier part of the book sounds like a ready-made film plot with a “wild British eccentric of high birth,” and “an aristocratic, handsome, and bloodthirsty young Danish warrior” on amphetamines. The two lead a rag-tag group to seize a Nazi controlled port in West Africa.
With stories like these to mine, the project is viewed with franchise potential.
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