Warner Bros. Colombian Hostage Drama Finds Director

The Hollywood Reporter

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 US Special Advisor who devoted years of his life to save 15 hostages, including three Americans, being held by the guerrilla group FARC.  He was finally cut loose from the 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 his 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.


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