'Cartel Land' Director Tackling Marie Colvin War Correspondent Biopic

Marie Colvin - Getty - H 2016
Getty Images

Marie Colvin - Getty - H 2016

Charlize Theron and Basil Iwanyk are producing the biopic on the late war photographer.

Matthew Heineman, who was nominated for an Oscar for his documentary Cartel Land, has been hired to direct Marie Colvin, a true-life drama being produced by Charlize Theron and Basil Iwanyk.

Marissa McMahon, Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures and Theron’s Denver & Delilah banner are producing.

The script was adapted by Arash Amel and is based on a Vanity Fair article about Colvin’s dramatic life as a war correspondent. Colvin covered every major conflict of the last three decades, including the Sri Lankan civil war, where she was severely injured and lost an eye; the Arab Spring; and finally the war in Syria, where she died in a rocket attack while reporting from Homs.

CAA is packaging Colvin and will be taking it out to financiers. CAA will also represent the film's domestic rights.

Heineman last directed Cartel Land, which looked at the intra-country drug trade between Mexico and the U.S. The film won wide acclaim, nabbing a nomination for best documentary. It premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where Heineman won the Best Director Award and Special Jury Prize for Cinematography.

In addition, Heineman won the outstanding directorial achievement in documentary award from the Director’s Guild of America, the Courage Under Fire Award from the International Documentary Association, and a prestigious George Polk Award in Investigative Journalism.

Amel wrote Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which is being developed as a director vehicle for James Mangold, and writing Starman for Shawn Levy.

Heineman is repped by CAA, Cinetic Media, and attorney Jerry Dasti.