Paramount taps Guy Ritchie for Ministry of Warfare
While currently at the job on his latest Jason Statham-led spy thriller Five Eyes, Guy Ritchie has recently found his next project by means of a film adaptation of Damien Lewis’ World War II history novel Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare for Paramount Pictures, in accordance with Deadline.
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The novel, published in 2016 by Quercus, explores the era of 1939 WWII when Britain had been beaten down by Germany in mainland Europe and saw Winston Churchill respond by electing to avoid fighting under accepted rules of engagement and build a band of warriors who became the initial secret operatives to strike behind enemy lines. Britain’s first black ops unit essentially, members were recruited knowing they might likely not ensure it is out alive but formed a detailed bond with the others of these group and won numerous key victories contrary to the Nazis.
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Paramount acquired the rights to the novel since 2015, of its publishing and outbidding a great many other studios ahead, and also have landed the Aladdin and Sherlock Holmes filmmaker to create and direct the project, with previous writers mounted on the project including Arash Amel (A Private War), Paul Tamasy (The Outpost) and Eric Johnson (The Finest Hours).
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Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare is set to be made by Jerry Bruckheimer and Chad Oman via the former’s Jerry Bruckheimer Films banner while Ivan Atkinson is defined to executive produce and Paramount’s Senior VP of Production Vanessa Joyce overseeing the project for the studio.
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