Smokehouse Pictures partners George Clooney and Grant Heslov are reportedly developing a narrative feature remake of Orlando von Einsiedel’s new Netflix documentary “The White Helmets”.
The original work, which has been shortlisted for the Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, follows a group known as the Syrian Civil Defense. These unarmed, politically neutral local volunteers help find and drag out survivors in the wake of the bombings by the Russian-backed Assad regime and its ongoing battle against rebel forces.
The group has reportedly saved an estimated 70,000 victims of war over the past five years in Syria, but in doing so have lost 154 of the 2900 first responders in the process. Smokehouse will set a writer to develop a script, and try to make it work as a narrative drama.