New scribe on board for 'Brothers'

Matthew Sand to rewrite script for helmer Denzel Washington

Matthew Sand has been tapped to rewrite "Brothers in Arms," Alcon's long-gestating project about the only black U.S. tank unit to fight in the European theater during World War II.

Denzel Washington is attached to direct as well as produce with Alcon's co-founders and co-CEOs Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove.

Based on a nonfiction tome by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anthony Walton, the book tells the story of how the unit overcame prejudice and sought to prove themselves on the battlefield by spearheading the Allied Forces' drive eastward toward Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

The battalion helped liberate some 30 towns and villages and won the respect of their fellow soldiers.

David Chisholm and John Sayles previously wrote on the project.

Warners-based Alcon is in production on "The Book of Eli," starring Washington and Gary Oldman, and "The Blind Side," an inspirational dramedy starring Sandra Bullock.

Sand, repped by ICM and Circle of Confusion, just wrapped an adaptation of Universal's "The Red Star," with Timur Bekmambetov attached to direct. He has "Ninja Assassin," produced by the Wachowskis, slated for release in November.