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Mel Gibson may direct ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ with Andrew Garfield starring!

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Andrew Garfield and Mel Gibson may make Hacksaw RidgeThe Conscientious Objector is a movie that’s been in the works since at least early 2010. A while back it seemed like it was finally going to be moving forward, and now it’s possibly going to have Mel Gibson to direct it. It also has a new title in Hacksaw Ridge, and may star The Amazing Spider-Man‘s Andrew Garfield.

Hacksaw Ridge is based on the true story of Desmond T Doss, the first conscientious objector in U.S. history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor.

The project is being led by producer Bill Mechanic (Coraline) through his Pandemonium banner, with David Permut (Face Off), Terry Benedict (The Death Of Reasonable Doubt), Steve Longi (Youth In Revolt) and Gregory Crosby on board as producers. Walden Media has also been developing the project.

Oscar Nominee Randall Wallace to Direct ‘The Conscientious Objector’

Friday, May 25th, 2012

“Braveheart” writer Randall Wallace will direct “The Conscientious Objector” for Walden Media, Walden confirmed to TheWrap.

The film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served in WWII, joining the army as a medic. He was ostracized by his fellow soldiers because of his refusal to kill or even carry a gun. He proved his courage, saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa.

Drafted in 1942, the Seventh-day Adventist became a medic because he refused to carry a weapon into combat.

Wallace earned his lone Oscar nomination as a writer, penning the script for “Braveheart,” but his directing credits include “The Man in the Iron Mask,” “We Were Soldiers” and “Secretariat.” He wrote the first two but not the latter.

Aaron Schneider had previously been attached to direct.

The script was written by Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles and whose script credits include The Pacific and The Quiet American. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict (who directed the 2004 documentary bearing the same title). Steve Longi is co-producer.

Aaron Schneider to Direct ‘The Conscientious Objector’ for Walden Media

Friday, November 18th, 2011

Nearly two years ago, Walden Media president Micheal Flaherty told me the story of a script that he had, which he considered a dream project.  As he told me and others the story, everyone was captivated by it, and I could see it being a truly great film.  That was back in January of 2010.  Today, I am excited to announce, a director has been hired to bring the script to life.

Get Low director Aaron Schneider has been set to direct The Conscientious Objector for Walden Media.

The film tells the true story of Desmond Doss, the first conscientious objector in American history to win the Congressional Medal of Honor. Doss served in WWII, joining the army as a medic. He was ostracized by his fellow soldiers because of his refusal to kill or even carry a gun. He proved his courage, saving 75 men at the Battle of Okinawa.

The script was written by Robert Schenkkan, who wrote the Pulitzer-winning play The Kentucky Cycles and whose script credits include The Pacific and The Quiet American. The film is a co-production between Pandemonium and Permut Presentations, and is being produced by Bill Mechanic, David Permut and Terry Benedict (who directed the 2004 documentary bearing the same title). Steve Longi is co-producer.

Schneider, the veteran cinematographer who won the Oscar for his short film Two Soldiers, made his feature debut on Get Low, and he has been very picky about choosing a followup. The Conscientious Objector is the first thing he said yes to direct. He’s repped by CAA and Anonymous Content. (via)