Horseback Doco Becomes Feature

U.S. Marine Brian Steidle’s Darfur memoir “The Devil Came on Horseback” is being translated into a fully-fledged narrative feature says The Hollywood Reporter.

The 2007 memoir, co-written by Steidle and Gretchen Steidle Wallace, follows the former U.S. Marine Captain during his assignment as an official observer in Sudan.

After being prevented from saving lives in the region, Steidle risked his life to smuggle photographs of the Darfur genocide to the New York Times.

72 Prods. acquired rights to the nonfiction book and hired journalist David Freed to adapt the screenplay before the strike.

Ricki Stern and Anne Sundberg premiered a documentary based on the property at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and has been put on this year’s documentary feature Oscar shortlist.