Rosamund Pike has been set to portray Marie Colvin in the untitled film about the American reporter who worked in conflict zones including Chechnya, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, where she lost her left eye in 2001. Colvin, who wore a distinctive eye patch after that, died in early 2012 during a rocket attack covering the civil war in Syria for the U.K.’s Sunday Times.
Production begins in October in the U.K. and Middle East. Arash Amel wrote the script, based on “Marie Colvin’s Private War,” a Marie Brenner article in the August 2012 Vanity Fair. Matthew Heineman is directing. He’s coming off Emmy and Oscar nominations for his documentary Cartel Land, after winning Best Director prize at 2015 Sundance. Amazon Studios acquired his latest docu City of Ghosts, to be released this summer by IFC. The Marie Colvin film is produced by Thunder Road Pictures’ Basil Iwanyk and Kamala Films’ Marissa McMahon, as well as Denver & Delilah Films. Erica Lee is exec producer.