The Warrior King, Hollywood & Iraq
According to Variety, "Warrior King" is based on a story by Dexter Filkins of the New York Times( that figures!) called 'The Fall of the Warrior King", which centers on Lt. Col. Nathan Sassaman, an Army commander in Baghdad who resigned following a scandal in which men under his command caused the drowning of an Iraqi civilian. Filkins wrote of this story that "it is a tale that seems like a parable of the dark passage that lay ahead for the Americans in Iraq".
That sentence alone speaks loudly to the reason this film is being made.
Produced by scientologist Tom Cruise, "Warrior King" is meant to illustrate the gulf between those making policy and soldiers who try to apply it in Iraq.
The the screenplay is written by Stephen Belber, who had been " searching for something that could capture the absurdity of this particular war," .
If Hollywood is not going to support our efforts against an enemy that wants to kill ALL of us, especially those in the Hollywood community whom they equally despise, then I suggest we ignore this film, like we did with "Jarhead", and send yet another message to Hollywood that we are not interested in their collective " pro jihadist, pro dictator, pro terrorism, anti - Iraq forming a democracy and succeeding " agenda.
Several other Iraq war themed films have been greenlit:
The Ron Howard-directed "Last Man Home" for Universal and Imagine; set in the days just before President Bush launched full-scale war in 2003, story revolves around a covert U.S. military unit that is on the hunt for an AWOL American soldier in Iraq. The soldier is looking for his brother, who went missing when fighting in the first Gulf War.
Irwin Winkler "Home of the Brave"; about three soldiers struggle to readjust to life at home after returning home from a lengthy tour in Iraq.
Columbia's "Against All Enemies,"based on the controversial book by Richard Clarke about how ill equpped America was to deal with the 9/11 terrorists to be directed by Paul Haggis.
Ridley Scott's "The Invisible World" for Paramount; drama about the abduction of a female journalist in Iraq.
"Stop-Loss," with Kimberly Peirce directing; the story centers on a soldier who returns home from Iraq to Texas and is called to duty again through the military's "stop loss" procedure. The soldier then refuses to return to battle.
''Grace Is Gone'' is about a father (Cusack) with two young daughters who receives the devastating news his wife was killed in Iraq. Before bringing himself to tell his children, he takes them on their dream vacation -- a cross-country trip to the fictitious Disney World-esque "Enchanted Gardens" theme park in Florida.
Not one story about the daily inspiring heroic accomplishments of our troops...just stories about one man's failure, one man's dissent, one man's controversial assertions about Pres Bush and the military, the underside of the situation in Iraq with the kidnapping of a journalist; the challenges soldiers face when returning from war and trying to find the "new normal", and the pain that that families face when their loved ones pay the ultimate price.
Hoo-fucking-ray for Hollywood. Asshats!
I say take the money you'd spend to buy overpriced tickets to these films and donate the funds to "Any Soldier.com" or "Soldier's Angels" where they will be used to send care packages and letters of support to our deployed troops. At the same you you'll be sending an important message to Hollywood: "Hell no! We won't go......................to see these films!"