Simon West will direct an adaptation of David Zucchino's nonfiction book Thunder Run: The Armored Strike to Capture Baghdad, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Zucchino will write the screenplay.
The Con Air director will also produce the feature, adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times correspondent Zucchino from his chronicle of the pivotal April 2003 Iraq War battle.
"When I first read Zucchino's book, I realized immediately it was one of the great accounts of modern warfare: heroic, exciting, tragic and ultimately political," said West. "I had the same feeling when I found and developed Black Hawk Down with Jerry Bruckheimer."
Zucchino, originally embedded with the Army's 101st Airborne Division, found himself accidentally switched to 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division as it entered Baghdad in what the military calls a "thunder run."