Disney and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have acquired screen rights to the Atlantic Monthly article “Jihadists in Paradise” by author Mark Bowden (“Black Hawk Down”) reports Variety.
“Jihadists in Paradise” details the emergence in the Philippines of the Islamic terrorist faction Abu Sayyaf and one of its leaders, Aldam Tilao. Tilao put his group on the map by sneaking by boat into a diving resort and taking 20 hostages, including three Americans.
He and his armed thugs beheaded one of the Americans and dragged the other two — a missionary couple — across the jungles for a year and a half. Tilao was eventually tracked down and killed after a long search by the CIA and Filipino military forces.
Bowden is set to write the screenplay. Other Bowden articles including “Guests of the Ayatollah” and “Killing Pablo” are in development. Bowden is also penning a drama for Imagine and Paramount.