Mike Fleming

Scott Cooper To Helm Pic On Granite Mountain Hotshots Firefighter TragedyOut Of The Furnace and Crazy Heart helmer Scott Cooper will direct a fact-based feature about the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew that perished in a wildfire that blazed near Prescott, AZ. In June, 2013, 19 members of the elite firefighting crew perished while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire. Only one of them survived in what became the largest loss of firefighters since 9/11 and the greatest loss of wild-land firefighters in 80 years.

fireBlack Hawk Down‘s Ken Nolan is writing the script and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Mike Menchel, and Conde Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler will produce. Erik Howsam will be executive producer for di Bonaventura Pictures.

There have been a few attempts in the past to make movies depicting the courage and bravery of smoke jumpers and firefighters who’ve been lost in ferocious blazes. Some of them have been derailed because the families didn’t want to go through it again and wouldn’t make rights deals. Here, the filmmakers are consulting with the family and loved ones of the Granite Mountain crew members. That includes sole survivor Brendan McDonough and Amanda Marsh, the widow of crew-leader Eric Marsh. The firefighters who perished ranged in age from 22 to 43, the latter of which was Marsh’s age. Besides the team leader, the fallen firefighters are: Andrew Ashcraft 29, Robert Caldwell 23, Travis Carter 31, Dustin Deford 24, Christopher MacKenzie 30, Grant McKee 21, Sean Misner 26, Scott Norris 28, Wade Parker … Read More »