Gibson Plans Aussie Military Hero Tale “Crossroad”

Icon Productions has acquired the film rights to Mark Donaldson’s bestselling autobiography “The Crossroad” which Icon chiefs Mel Gibson and Bruce Davey will produce.

Donaldson was a rebellious teen who lost a father in Vietnam and whose mother disappeared presumed murdered. A life of anger and self-sabotage beckoned, but he enlisted in the Australian Army and worked to achieve his goal of joining Australia’s elite Special Air Service.

In 2008 while serving in Afghanistan, he saved the life of a wounded Afghan interpreter while under Taliban fire. A year later he became the first Australian since 1969 to receive the Victoria Cross and was named Young Australian of the Year by the National Australia Day Council in 2010.

In the book, Donaldson shares the journey of a flawed man who turned away from self-destruction to fight his own war and save the life of a man he barely knew.

Source: Variety