Matthew Carnahan (“World War Z”) is set to pen “River of Iron,” the film adaptation of ATF agent John Dodson’s memoir “The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious” for Lionsgate.
The story deals with what has been dubbed the ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. The agency tried to employ the strategy of ‘gunwalking,’ allowing the illegal sale of guns in Arizona with the hopes that the guns could cross the border into Mexico and lead to the arrests of members of the drug cartels.
The plan went off the rails though when it was revealed that the guns being sold started turning up in local and border crimes, including the death of a border patrol agent which made the scandal public. Dodson came forward with the story and had to fight for the integrity of his honor and name. Attorney General Eric Holder ended up being held in contempt by Congress.
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Paul de Souza and Josh Bratman will produce through the latter’s Immersive Pictures banner.