Deadline reports that Rupert Sanders (Foundation, Ghost In The Shell) will be directing a new Vietnam War film titled The Things They Carried with an all-star cast that includes Tom Hardy (Mad Max: Fury Road), Tye Sheridan (Mud, X-Men: Apocalypse), Pete Davidson (The Suicide Squad), Bill Skarsgard (IT), Ashton Sanders (Moonlight), Martin Sensmeier, Moises Arias, and Angus Cloud.
The news comes from sales at the American Film Market.
Blue chip firm MadRiver has boarded world sales rights and will launch the buzz title this week for the AFM ahead of a planned early 2021 shoot in Thailand. CAA Media Finance is arranging financing and will co-rep North American rights.
Tom Hardy is no stranger to war projects previously having roles in Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down, HBO’s Band of Brothers, and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk.
The film is being adapted from the writings of Tim O’Brien by screenwriter Scott B. Smith (Westworld, A Simple Plan).
Pulitzer Prize-finalist O’Brien served in Vietnam in the late 1960s and his experiences course through his work. In The Things They Carried, which is often taught in middle schools and high schools across America, he tells the story of the young men of Alpha Company, a platoon of soldiers sent to fight on the ground during the War. Trekking from village to village amidst chaos and confusion, the young men struggle to navigate a growing labyrinth of physical, mental, and emotional terrains as they battle for the survival of their sanity, innocence, and each other.
Filming is said to begin early next year in Thailand.