Scott, Butler Team For Simon Mann Film

Ridley Scott and Gerard Butler are looking to team for a fact-based thriller about former British army officer Simon Mann says Deadline.

In 2004 Mann assembled a group of mercenaries to attempt a coup against the president of Equatorial Guinea, but was arrested picking up arms in Zimbabwe.

After five years in prison there, Mann was sentenced to 34 years in Equatorial Guinea but received a presidential pardon in 2009. Mann’s backers, including former British PM Margaret Thatcher’s son Mark, disavowed involvement with him after the coup failed.

Butler wants to play Mann while Ridley Scott is attached to both direct and produce. Giannina Facio and Alan Siegel will also produce while Robert Edwards (“The Bomb In My Garden”) will write the script. No studio has yet picked up the pitch.