Warner Bros. Pictures has picked up the film rights to M. William Phelps’ upcoming biography about American Revolutionary hero and spy Nathan Hale reports Variety.
In September 1776, Hale volunteered for an espionage assignment authorized by the country’s first intelligence organisation, formed only a month earlier under George Washington’s authority.
Disguising himself as a Dutch merchant, Hale sneaked onto the island of Manhattan, which had been captured by the British, to assess troop movement. His true identity was revealed, however, and he was sentenced to be executed.
His final words before being hung by the Brits – “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” – are famous to this day.
Barry Josephson’s Josephson Entertainment will produce the bigscreen adaptation of Phelps’ tome “For the Sake of Liberty: America’s First Spy” which publishes this fall.