Dundalk filmmaker John Moore (‘A Good Day to Die Hard,’ ‘Behind Enemy Lines’) is stepping behind the camera to direct ‘The Englishman,’ a fact based war story that unfolds in real time.
Based on the book ‘Once a Pilgrim’ by Will Scully and scripted by William Wisher (‘Terminator 2: Judgment Day’), the story follows Scully, an ex-SAS officer turned mercenary, as he gets caught up in a military coup in Africa. Trapped in a hotel together with thousands of innocent civilians and completely surrounded by hostile rebels, he single-handedly takes on the enemy until he can get all the civilians safely evacuated.
‘The Englishman’ was developed by London-based Derby Street Films. Nicola Horlick and Rachel Green of Derby Street will serve as executive producers, together with Shaun Redick, Ray Mansfield, Ash Shah, Chris Hanley, Peter Veverka, and Foresight Unlimited’s President, Tamara Birkemoe. Envision Entertainment’s Stepan Martirosyan, Vitaly Grigoriants, and Remington Chase will also serve as executive producers on the film.
Mark Damon will produce the $30M actioner alongside James Gibb, Benedict Carver, Tim Peternel, and Moore. “We are delighted to be teaming up with Derby Street Films to bring this amazing true story based on Will Scully’s book to a worldwide movie audience,” commented both Damon and Martirosyan.