Darfur tale 'Devil' gets feature treatment



NEW YORK -- "The Devil Came on Horseback," U.S. Marine Brian Steidle's harrowing Darfur memoir that served as the basis for a 2007 documentary, will hit the big screen again as a narrative feature.

In a pre-strike deal, 72 Prods.' Jen Chaiken ("My Flesh and Blood") and Sebastian Dungan ("Transamerica") acquired rights to the nonfiction book and hired journalist David Freed to adapt the screenplay.

The 2007 memoir, co-written by Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace, follows the former U.S. Marine Captain during his assignment as an official observer in Sudan. After being prevented from saving lives in the region, Steidle risked his life to smuggle photographs of the Darfur genocide to the New York Times.

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg's eponymous 2007 docu based on the book, which premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival, was voted onto this year's documentary feature Oscar shortlist.

Dean Schramm of the Schramm Group repped Steidle, Steidle Wallace and Freed in their deals with 72 Prods.