'Tron: Legacy' Director Joseph Kosinski to Direct Yarnell Hill Wildfire Movie

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Lorenzo di Bonaventura is among those producing the project, which just found financing via Black Label Media.

Joseph Kosinski, the director behind Tron: Legacy and Oblivion, is moving away from the sci-fi realm and entering the fire with No Exit, the true story of the tragic wildfire in Prescott, Ariz., that killed almost an entire crew of firefighters in 2013.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is among those producing the project while Ken Nolan, who tackled another mission gone wrong when he penned Black Hawk Down, wrote the script.

Molly Smith and her Black Label Media are coming on board to finance the movie, which could begin shooting as early as summer.

Known as the Yarnell Hill Wildfire and considered one of the worst firefighter disasters in American history, it caused the deployment of over 600 firefighters as it grew to over 8,400 acres.

The film project focuses on a group known as the Granite Mountain Hotshots who specialize in fighting wildfires. Nineteen of the 20-person crew perished when they became trapped due to fast-changing winds and 2,000-degree heat.

Mike Menchel, Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment are also producing.

 

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