Voltage Pictures’ Nicolas Chartier is heading back to the Middle East for his next drama, EW has confirmed.
Chartier shared a Best Picture Oscar for The Hurt Locker, which followed a sergeant assigned to an army bomb squad during the Iraq War. This time, he will bring the story of Erik Prince to the screen, producing alongside Adam Ciralsky and Voltage’s Craig Flores.
Prince founded the former private security firm, Blackwater, which came to an end when some of its employees killed 17 Iraqi civilians. The film will chronicle his life and his controversial company.
Voltage has come up with a rights package for the story. It includes Prince’s life rights, his book Civilian Warriors, confidential interviews with Prince, and Ciralsky’s 2010 Vanity Fair article Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy. The company will also finance the film.
Deadline first reported the news.