Writer on the front line for Alcon's 'Brothers'


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 and produce with Alcon 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 how the unit overcame prejudice and spearheaded the Allied Forces' drive toward Germany during the Battle of the Bulge.

David Chisholm and John Sayles previously wrote on the project.

Warner Bros.-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 Universal's "The Red Star," with Timur Bekmambetov set to direct. (partialdiff)