‘Straight Outta Compton’ Writer to Adapt Best-Seller About Navy SEAL From Author of ‘American Sniper’

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 30:  (L-R) Rappers MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre of the rap group NWA pose for a portrait in 1991 in New York, New York. DJ Yella is giving the middle-finger. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 30: (L-R) Rappers MC Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre of the rap group NWA pose for a portrait in 1991 in New York, New York. DJ Yella is giving the middle-finger. (Photo by Al Pereira/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Straight Outta Compton writer and co-executive producer Alan Wenkus has inked a deal to adapt the New York Times best-seller Code Name: Johnny Walker for 28 Entertainment.

The nonfiction book that delves inside the Navy SEALs was co-written by Jim DeFelice, whose book credits include American Sniper.

The story follows the exploits of an Iraqi citizen nicknamed “Johnny Walker,” who worked with the U.S. Navy SEALs as a translator, eventually going out fully armed as part of different SEAL teams and risking his life on more than a 1,000 missions over a six-year period. Johnny helped the SEALs track down terrorists and became a legend in the U.S. special-ops community.

When Iraqi insurgents targeted Johnny and his family for torture and death because of his work with the Americans, the SEALs heroically brought Johnny and his family to safety in the United States.

“Johnny is responsible for saving American lives, especially SEALs. He has an amazing story that I feel needs to be told and would touch the hearts of all Americans,” said the late Chris Kyle, whose life served as the basis for American Sniper, before his death.

The project is being shopped to buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

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SOURCE: Billboard / The Hollywood Reporter – Tatiana Siegel

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