THR reports that Iwanyk and Thunder Road's Peter Lawson have optioned the Vanity Fair article "Marie Colvin’s Private War," and Theron and her Denver and Delilah Films partners Beth Kono and AJ Dix are in talks to produce the film as well. While Theron is not confirmed to play Colvin, there is a chance she may step in as well as Theron typically appears in the movies she produces, including John Madden's upcoming comedy "Murder Mystery" that she joined in June.
Written by Marie Brenner (who also write the article that eventually became Michael Mann's "The Insider"), the heartbreaking must-read article chronicles the life of Colvin, who had covered conflicts in Kosovo and Chechnya and lost an eye to a grenade in Sri Lanka. Colvin was writing about the Syrian civil war for the British paper The Sunday Times when a building she was in was shelled by the Syrian Army in February. Colvin was 56 years old.
The subject matter is truly heavy stuff, but having Theron attached -- and potentially starring in -- would give the project wider appeal. The search is on for a screenwriter to adapt the article, at which point Theron can decide whether she wants to play Colvin or not.