HandMade preps Stirling biopic


Writer Rupert Walters has been given a mission — to pen a screenplay on the wartime activities of soldier and Special Air Services founder David Stirling, production company HandMade Films said Monday.

The recently relaunched shingle said it has optioned "David Stirling: The Authorised Biography" by Alan Hoe, which gives a detailed account of the history of the SAS — an elite fighting force — during the North African campaign in the early 1940s.

The then-26-year-old Stirling led the first successful "special operations" raid behind German lines in December 1941 and, over the course of the next year with his unit, birthed the SAS.

Walters' credits include epi-sodes of BBC ratings smash "Spooks" and the 1995 feature film "Restoration," starring Robert Downey Jr., Sam Neill and Meg Ryan.