For his second film in the U.S. Michael R. Roskam his camera to focus on the murky waters of Blackwater, a biopic about Erik Prince, the founder of the very controversial private huurlingenbedrijf that already a few times the name is changed. That write the trade publications Hollywood Reporter and Variety. The film, ‘Prince of War’, will be based on an adaptation of the self-anointed book, “Civilian Warriors: The Inside Story of Blackwater and the Unsung Heroes of the War on Terror’ that Prince in 2013, released, but also on the article “Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy’ that Adam Ciralsky in 2009 wrote for the magazine Vanity Fair.
Roskam could see the large puddle crossing after the international success of his langspeelfilmdebuut ‘Bullhead’, was nominated for the Oscar for the non-English language film. In 2014, he achieved with the neo-noirthriller ‘The Drop’ more success with the film critics than at the box office. In that picture, played by Matthias Schoenaerts, the villain, alongside Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini and actor Tom Hardy. In his own country, was he then, again with Schoenaerts in the cast, it is part of the on true facts based romantic drama ‘Le Fidèle’.
Where in ‘Le Fidèle’ Schoenaerts’s still a pretty likeable gangster is playing, a movie about Prince, a former NAVY SEAL who, with his firm Blackwater even extremely rich by, among other things, the dirty jobs of the CIA (clandestine murders) to me, another story. The huurlingenbedrijf was by negative comments in 2009, after the dismissal of Prince, renamed Xe Services, and two years later with new investors renamed to the current name, Academi. Blackwater took several times on the news during the U.S. occupation of Iraq. The murder of two Blackwater contractors in Fallujah caused a large-scale U.S. offensive in which the Iraqi city almost was destroyed. In 2007, 14 “employees” of Blackwater by a Us court to the relatively lenient punishment, sentenced for the murder of 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad. Himself is Prince, despite judicial investigations, so far still from the clutches of justice.
Filmsite Deadline states that Roskam is going to opt for an approach that is midway between Clint Eastwoods “American Sniper,” and Michael Manns The Insider. Probably choose the Flemish film-maker, not for the sarcastic way in which colleague Adam McKaym former vice president Dick Cheney uitbeelde in the award-winning “Vice”. According to the producers of the studio Imperative Entertainment is ‘Prince of War’ a deep look at the modern industry of warfare, and a reflection on the “dark collusion between capitalism and patriotism”.
The division of roles, nothing is yet known. Fixed actor Schoenaerts has just a role in ‘Radegund’, the latest film from Terrence Malick, behind the back, and is going to play the leading role in ‘Ruin’, a film by Justin Kurzel about a former nazi captain who with itself in the pure wants to come by on the survivors of the SS to hunt.