Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa Team Up for Middle Eastern Drama 'Anarchists vs. ISIS'

Jake Gyllenhaal (left), Daniel Espinosa

Espinosa is set to direct the film adaptation, which would star Gyllenhaal.

Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with his Life director Daniel Espinosa for an adaptation of the Rolling Stone article, "The Anarchists vs. ISIS."

Espinosa is set to direct the film adaptation and will produce under his newly formed production banner BOZI alongside Ninestories’ producers Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak will also produce, and CEO Gary Michael Walters will executive produce. 

The Rolling Stone article, written by Seth Harp, tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

“Thematically, we’re often attracted to material about the search for identity, especially in a world where it’s become easier to feel less and less connected," said Marker in a statement. "Seth’s story is about people who abandon everything that’s familiar as a means to connect in the most brutal of circumstances.”

Opening Friday, Life features Gyllenhaal in a sci-fi thriller about astronauts on a space station that discover an alien organism. Espinosa directed the movie, in which Ryan Reynolds also stars.

The collaboration went so well that Espinosa and Gyllenhaal began talking about other projects on which to work together.  

Gyllenhaal’s Ninestories is in postproduction on David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon bombing Stronger. The company has a deal with Bold, which financed and produced Gyllenhaal’s acclaimed 2014 drama Nightcrawler.

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