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‘American Sniper’ Screenwriter To Write, Direct Gritty George Washington Biopic
Screenwriter and director Jason Hall, who authored the script for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper, has been tapped to write and direct the first big-budget Hollywood film to focus on the origin story of George Washington.
Entitled The Virginian, Deadline reports that Hall intends to give audiences a less romantic version of Washington’s rise from orphaned son of a Virginia plantation owner to first president of the United States than what Americans usually see depicted in popular culture.
In fact, The Virginian is being described as Last of the Mohicans meets There Will Be Blood, a gritty coming-of-age that depicts Washington as “a rough man driven by extreme ambition in a violent frontier,” according to Deadline. Will there be a scene of a young Washington chopping down a cherry tree? Probably not.
Hall was nominated for an Oscar for his American Sniper script, which told the story of real-life Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, one of the deadliest snipers in U.S. military history, who was murdered in cold blood by a fellow veteran after serving four tours in Iraq.
Hall’s directorial debut, Thank You For Your Service, a movie about soldiers struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder after a grueling deployment to Iraq, hits theaters on October 27. Hall also wrote the screenplay for that film, an adaption of a nonfiction book by David Finkel starring Haley Bennett and Miles Teller.
“I have been a fan of Jason’s writing for a long time and was impressed with his talent as a director when I saw Thank You For Your Service,” Donald De Line, whose company, De Line Pictures, is producing The Virginian, told Deadline. “He has a singular vision for The Virginian that takes the story to unexpected and provocative places.”
One of those “provocative places” could be Washington’s record of keeping slaves. By the end of his life, Washington personally owned 123 enslaved individuals. He freed them all in his will when he died in 1799, making him the only one of the country’s founding fathers to do so. President Donald Trump recently pointed to the fact that Washington owned slaves to defend the preservation of statues of Confederate generals, including Robert E. Lee.
There is no release date yet for The Virginian.
Editor's Note: This article by Hope Hodge Seck originally appeared on Military.com, a leading source of news for the military and veteran community.
In the wake of a heartwarming viral video that was featured everywhere from Good Morning America to the Daily Mail comes a disheartening revelation: The 84-year-old self-described Army nurse cranking out push-ups in her crisp Vietnam-era uniform might not be who she said she was.
Maggie DeSanti, allegedly a retired Army lieutenant colonel who rappeled out of helicopters in Vietnam, was captured in a video challenging a TSA agent to a push-up competition ahead of a flight to Washington, D.C., with the Arizona chapter of the organization Honor Flight on Oct. 16. The video soon was everywhere, and many who shared it, including Honor Flight, hailed DeSanti's toughness and spirit.
‘Nice girls don't join the military': New commander of Air Force refueling squadron proves her critics wrong
The summer before sixth grade, Cindy Dawson went to an air show with her father and was enamored by the flight maneuvers the pilots performed.
"I just thought that would be the coolest thing that anybody could ever do," she said, especially having already heard stories about her grandfather flying bombers during World War II with the Army Air Corps.
So by the first day of school, she had already decided what she wanted to be when she grew up.
We salute the 93-year-old WWII veteran who refuses to retire, and opened up a 'boozy bakery' instead
Peach schnapps, sex on the beach, and piña colada may be familiar drinks to anyone who's spent an afternoon (or a whole day) getting plastered on an ocean-side boardwalk, but they're also specialty desserts at Ray's Boozy Cupcakes, Etc, a bakery in Voorhees, New Jersey run by a 93-year-old World War II veteran named Ray Boutwell.
A former senior Coast Guard official has been accused of shoplifting from a Philadelphia sex shop.
Rear Adm. Francis "Stash" Pelkowski (Ret.) was accused of stealing a tester item from Kink Shoppe on Oct. 8, according to an Instagram post by the store that appeared online two days later. In the post, which included apparent security camera footage of the incident, a man can be seen looking at products on a counter before picking up an item and placing it in his pocket before turning and walking away.
The Instagram post identified the man as Pelkowski, and said it wished him "all the best in his retirement, a sincere thank you for your service, and extreme and utter disappointment in his personal morals."
SAN DIEGO —The Marines say changes in the way they train recruits and their notoriously hard-nosed drill instructors have led to fewer incidents of drill instructor misconduct, officials told the Union-Tribune.
Their statement about training followed an Oct. 5 Washington Post report revealing that more than 20 Marines at the San Diego boot camp have been disciplined for misconduct since 2017, including cases of physical attacks and racist and homophobic slurs. The story also was published in the Union-Tribune.