TWC-Dimension today announced the acquisition of the North American rights of Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment's Army of One, a comedy directed by Larry Charles (Borat, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Bruno, Seinfeld) and starring Nicolas Cage. Army of One is inspired by a GQ article written by Chris Heath. The film is a loose retelling of the article, which tells the true story of Gary Faulkner, who tried to hunt down Osama Bin Laden by himself. The semi-scripted project is written by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day). The film will be produced by Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler at CNÉ, Emile Gladstone at Emile Gladstone Productions and Endgame Entertainment's James D. Stern. Julie Goldstein and Lucas Smith will be overseeing the project for Endgame. Patrick Newall will serve as executive producer. Principal photography is slated to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Army of One will be released under the TWC-Dimension label, which has Bob and Harvey Weinstein working together on films with both artistic and commercial sensibilities. This past weekend's family hit Paddington was the first film to be released under this label. Here's what Bob Weinstein had to say about the project in a statement.
"For many years I've been a fan of Larry Charles, from his work on Seinfeld, to Borat, Bruno and most recently The Dictator. I'm thrilled to be in business with him and look forward to working with him on this fascinating story. The plan for the movie would be an end of 2015 release."
Producer James D. Stern also released the following statement.
"I'm delighted to be working with Bob and Harvey again and thrilled to be doing so with comic genius Larry Charles."
Dawn Ostroff, President of Condé Nast Entertainment, also added the following statement.
"We're thrilled to bring this fascinating story from GQ to the big screen with an all-star group of filmmakers, writers and performers."
The deal was negotiated by TWC-Dimension COO and President, David Glasser, and by CAA and WME Global for the filmmakers and producers. FilmNation will be handling foreign sales.