Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have bought the rights to the Mark Bowden article in the Atlantic Monthly, Jihadists in Paradise; Bowden is also writing the screenplay.
Published in the March issue of the magazine, it details the emergence in the Philippines of the Islamic terrorist faction Abu Sayyaf and one of its leaders, Aldam Tilao. Tilao put his group on the map by sneaking by boat into a diving resort and taking 20 hostages, including three Americans, adds Variety. He and his armed thugs beheaded one of the Americans and dragged the other two - a missionary couple - across the jungles for a year and a half. Tilao was eventually tracked down and killed after a long search by the CIA and Filipino military forces.
Jihadists in Paradise has no production schedule set.