Warner Bros. Pictures has signed In the Heart of the Sea author and The Town co-writer Aaron Stockard to pen an adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s novel Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution.
The book adaptation was originally set up three years ago as a directing vehicle for Ben Affleck. It’s still possible that Affleck could direct, if schedules line up. Matt Damon and Jennifer Todd are set to produce the film with Affleck through through their Pearl Street company.
The book deals with the events leading up to 1775’s bloody Battle of Bunker Hill in Boston where two-hundred British soldiers were killed and the battle was a turning point in the Revolutionary War. It ultimately gave encouragement to colonists by demonstrating that the local militias could stand up to British troops.
The story centers around 33-year-old physician Joseph Warren who was leader of the Patriot cause. Paul Revere, George Washington, British General Thomas Gage and his successor William Howe all feature in the narrative.
The script for The Town, written by Affleck, Stoddard and Peter Craig and adapted from the Chuck Hogan novel Prince of Thieves, received an Academy Award nomination for adapted screenplay.
Stockard is repped by WME and 3 Arts.