Warner Bros. Colombian Hostage Drama Finds Director

David MacKenzie - P 2014
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David MacKenzie - P 2014

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the true-life thriller with Scott Burns and Thomas McLarty.

David MacKenzie is in negotiations to direct The Mission, the true tale of a Colombian hostage rescue, being developed by Warner Bros.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the movie with Scott Burns and Thomas McLarty.

Mission tells of Operation Jaque, a five-year plan to locate and rescue Americans who were captured by Colombian guerilla group FARC in 2003. The story centers on a U.S. Special Advisor who devoted years of his life to save 15 hostages, including three Americans, being held. He was finally cut loose from U.S. embassy control and teamed up with a Colombian intelligence agent to pull off the daring rescue. 

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Peter Landesman and Peter Craig worked on the script.

Courtenay Valenti is overseeing for the studio.

MacKenzie is an award-winning British director known for dark dramas such as Young Adam, the 2003 movie that starred Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton, and more recently Starred Up, which featured a who's who of Brit up-and-comers such as Rupert Friend, Jack O'Connell and Ben Mendelsohn. He made his American debut with Spread, the Ashton Kutcher-Anne Heche sex comedy.

MacKenzie is repped by UTA and United Agents.