Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee will direct the upcoming war film Long Halftime Walk, based on the satirical novel by Ben Fountain entitled Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk.
The film, from TriStar and Film4, chronicles the experiences of Billy Lynn, a 19-year-old soldier in Iraq who becomes an instant celebrity when the news cameras of embedded journalists capture a battle that he and his squad survive. Suddenly, they are all heroes thrust into the spotlight and sent home for a promotional tour. After a football halftime show on Thanksgiving, the fun grinds to a halt as they are sent back overseas and again thrown into the horrors of war. The majority of the film takes place during the football game and features flashbacks to other events.
This movie will reunite Lee with his Life of Pi producer Tom Rothman for their fifth film together. The Hollywood Reporter recently quoted Lee on his relationship with Rothman and this upcoming project: “I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman. The most important thing to me is storytelling, and Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is a story that immediately gripped me. I look forward to starting the creative process with this extraordinary team of collaborators.”
The screenplay was written by Simon Beaufoy, best known for Slumdog Millionaire and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.