Documentary Being Made About Teen Advocate Who Was Shot by Taliban
UPDATED: Davis Guggenheim will direct the project about Malala Yousafzai's life.
Malala Yousafzai, the child advocate who became an international icon after she was shot by Taliban gunmen last October, will have her story told on the big screen.
Davis Guggenheim is teaming with producers Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, backed by Image Nation of Abu Dhabi, for a documentary about the 16-year-old Pakistani, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Guggenheim helmed critically acclaimed docs Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth, which won the 2007 Academy Award for best documentary feature.
"I have two daughters and they are inspired and captivated by Malala’s story and her fight for education for every child,” said Guggenheim in a statement. “I believe this movie will speak to every girl and every family in the world."
The film will hit theaters in late 2014.
Yousafzai first came to prominence after it was discovered that she was the anonymous author of a blog chronicling life in the Swat Valley, an area where the Taliban had banned girls from attending school. She became a vocal advocate for girls' education and was nominated for the international Children's Peace Prize in December 2011.
In October 2012, Taliban gunmen boarded Yousafzai's school bus, and when they found her, a soldier shot and nearly killed her. The bullet passed through her head and neck and became stuck in her shoulder. She was flown to the U.K. for medical care.
Most recently, on Friday, July 12, Yousafzai, who is the youngest person to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, spoke at the U.N. Youth Assembly in New York City. It was her 16th birthday. (Watch below.)
In March, Yousafzai closed a book deal for I Am Malala, which will tell the story of her life so far. The book is slated for a fall release and will be published by Little, Brown and Company.
Malala is represented by ICM on behalf of Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown.