She lived an extraordinary life – and now Marie Colvin’s story is set to be turned into a film, with a little help from Charlize Theron.
Along with Hollywood producer Basil Iwanyk, the actress has optioned the rights to a Vanity Fair piece about Marie’s life – with the view to turn it into a biopic. The original article – called ‘Marie Colvin’s Private War’ – was published in the magazine’s August issue. Besides covering the war reporter’s astonishing career, it also touched on her personal life – which included three divorces and a battle with alcohol. A writer is currently being sought to adapt the article into a screenplay.
Marie Colvin died in February, aged 56, while fleeing a building being shelled by the Syrian Army. Born in America, the journalist moved to the UK and started working for The Sunday Times in the 1980s – and continued working for the paper until she died. She built a reputation as a fearless war reporter, always willing to go the extra mile to get the story. In 2001 she lost the sight in her eye in an explosion while covering the civil war in Sri Lanka. Despite suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder she continued working, and become famous for her eye patch.
Charlize has not yet committed to starring in the film – but we’re sure we won’t want to miss out on this part. After all, the last time she played a true-life role – in 2003’s Monster – she took home a Best Actress Oscar. It might only be in the very early stages – but this film has already got awards written all over it.
By: Clare Thorp