Scott fights for rights to Dollard
EmptyTony Scott is setting his sights on bringing the story of Hollywood agent-turned-pro-war documentary filmmaker Pat Dollard to the big screen.
Scott, via his production banner Scott Free Prods., is dipping into its discretionary fund to option the Vanity Fair article "Pat Dollard's War on Hollywood" as well as to option Dollard's life rights. Dollard and the article's author, Evan Wright, will write the screenplay.
The article portrayed Dollard, who nurtured the career of a then-unknown Steven Soderbergh, as the stereotypical Hollywood agent with a drug-fueled lifestyle and a collection of ex-wives. Dollard chucked the "Entourage"-esque world, embedding himself with Marines in Iraq, where he joined patrols and survived several bombings. Dollard went from wearing Armani suits to combat gear, hair styled in a Mohawk and the word "die" shaved into his chest hair.
The article described his attempt to sell the documentary, titled "Young Americans," as well as his making a concurrent docu, an incoherent porn filmed by a rehab sidekick, which echoed "Auto Focus," a film that Dollard produced.
The material fits into Scott's oeuvre, as he often focuses on off-kilter characters like Hollywood model-turned-bounty hunter Domino Harvey, whose life was depicted in his film "Domino." He most recently directed "Deja Vu." Scott is repped by CAA.
Wright wrote the book "Generation Kill," also about the Iraq War, which is being adapted into a miniseries for HBO. He is repped by ICM and attorney Alex Kohner of Barnes Morris Klein.
Scott Free has a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox, where the project might land.