Harrison Ford's new movie: The Battle for Falluja
Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for
Dan Glaister in Los Angeles
Friday December 17, 2004
Hollywood has joined the war. Universal Pictures
announced yesterday that it is to make The Battle for
Falluja. To prove it is serious, it has enlisted
Indiana Jones himself, actor Harrison Ford, to help
defeat the insurgency.
The film - Hollywood's first foray into the second
Iraq conflict - is due to go into production next year
and will be based on a yet-to-be-finished book, No
True Glory: The Battle for Falluja by Bing West, a
former marine, politician and now war correspondent.
The movie and book take as their starting point the
killing of four civilian contractors in Falluja and
the ensuing decision to order an assault on the city
by US marines. That first assault, which was abruptly
stopped by the White House, was led by General Jim
Mattis, who will be played by Ford.
Six months later, shortly after the US presidential
election, the marines attacked Falluja for a second
time, successfully occupying the city. Almost 80 US
marines were killed in the two assaults, while some
sources have estimated that 800 Iraqis and insurgents
died in the April assault on the city and a further
1,000 in November.
The film promises to depict the story from the point
of view of US soldiers and politicians; it seems
unlikely that the plight of the Iraqis will figure too
prominently in Hollywood's take on the subject.
Writing last week for the online journal Slate.com,
West said: "If America needs a hard job done, the
marines will do it, and they won't lose their humanity
in the process or any sleep over pulling the trigger.
Yes, they are 'the world's most lethal killing
machine.' That's what America needs in battle."