The Sam Hargrave directed film Combat Patrol starring actor Jake Gyllenhaal is inching closer to finding a home with MGM report our buddies over at Variety.
Combat Patrol is based off the smash best-selling true account Alone at Dawn: Medal of Honor Recipient John Chapman and the Untold Story of the World’s Deadliest Special Operations Force written by Dan Schilling and Lori Longfritz. Per the title, the story chronicles the sacrifice made by Medal of Honor recipient and Special Ops Combat Controller John Chapman to save the lives of twenty-three of his fellow soldiers during the Afghan War.
Hargrave, a longtime actor and stunt person who made a splash directing the 2020 movie Extraction, will be serving as an associate producer on the film while also directing from a script by Michael Russell Gunn (The Newsroom). Shelby Mallone will saddle up alongside Hargrave to help out with associate producer chores. Executive producing Combat Patrol will be the film’s star Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Cassells.
And speaking of Combat Patrol’s leading man, Gyllenhaal has long been one of those actors with some seriously underrated chops: Donnie Darko, Brokeback Mountain, The Good Girl, Zodiac and Nightcrawler are all films featuring the thespian’s talents and worth a look by any film fan worth their salt. His presence in Combat Patrol belies good things indeed (as we try to overlook Prince of Persia and The Day After Tomorrow; hey, even Brando and Clift had their off-days…).
Segue-way time: Matthew Rhodes who is The Hideaway Entertainment president is producing the film as well as co-financing it. Prior to this, Rhodes worked with lead actor Gyllenhaal on the film Nightcrawler. Also, to ensure Hollywood gets it right, one of the authors of Alone at Dawn will serve as a military consultant on Combat Patrol: Dan Schilling. The project is far enough along at the moment for the filmmakers to actively cast their nets wide for other key roles in the film, including that of the female co-lead.
Wrapping this article up in a big pretty bow, we can report that those swell guys and gals over at Endeavor Content handled the sale of Combat Patrol to MGM. More news on this project as it become available to us, True Believers!