“The Hurt Locker” procucer Nicolas Chartier and his Voltage Pictures label have acquired the life rights of Erik Prince, the founder of the infamous private military company Blackwater.
Based on Prince’s autobiography “Civilian Warriors” and Adam Ciralsky’s Vanity Fair article “Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy,” the project follows the rise and fall of Prince’s intensely secretive and highly controversial company.
Prince was a former Navy SEAL and heir to an auto-parts fortune. He founded Blackwater in a North Carolina swampland in order to build the world’s finest special forces training facility. After 9/11, Blackwater became an extension of the U.S. intelligence community.
After a Blackwater team was charged with killing over a dozen civilians in Baghdad in 2007, Prince was outed as a CIA asset and wound up on Al-Qaeda’s hit list. He sold his company in 2010 and began working for the crown prince of Abu Dhabi.
Chartier, Ciralsky and Craig Flores will produce.