Peter Travis has been set by Warner Independent Pictures to direct Man Without a Gun, a fact-based drama, according to Variety.

Stuart Beattie (Collateral) wrote the script about the U.N. hostage negotiator who successfully brokered the release of long-held hostages from Lebanon-based terrorists in the late 1980s.

The film is based on a memoir by Gianni Picco. While the U.N. vet played a central role in negotiating the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan and the end of the Iran-Iraq War, the film focuses on his dogged efforts to free a group of hostages who included Terry Anderson and Terry Waite, the latter of whom was kidnapped while trying to broker a hostage release."Most of the movies in that world right now are filled with action, but what attracted me to this political thriller is that the only weapon this guy has is the power of his negotiation skills, and his word," Travis told Variety. "It raises ways to deal with conflict that is happening now, which makes it relevant."

The movie is schedule to start production early next year.

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