Tom Hardy’s (“Taboo”) latest project will bring Anthony Lloyd’s 1999 book “My War Gone By, I Miss It So” to the silver screen, according to Variety. The book is a personal account of the Bosnian War, Lloyd’s family relationships, and his battle with drug addiction. Hardy will star in and produce the film, with Gavin O’Connor (“The Accountant”) directing and producing. Scott LaStaiti of Palantir Group, which was created to “develop high-profile intellectual property for film and television,” will fund the film adaptation.
Hardy was clearly moved by Lloyd’s book, telling Variety:
“‘My War Gone By’ is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war. I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book.”
O’Connor is also complimentary of “My War Gone By, I Miss It So,” and was particularly inspired by Lloyd’s “portrait of war,” saying:
“Anthony’s memoir was love at first page — a portrait of war like I’d never read before. An up-close-and-personal account of a heroin junkie reporting from the front lines of Bosnia — the bloodiest conflict Europe has witnessed since the Second World War — who uses the high of war to kick his drug habit. It’s a book written with both fists. It’s Anthony’s ‘Apocalypse Now.’ I feel privileged and honored for the opportunity to bring the book to the movies.”
Hardy is known for a slew of critically acclaimed films, including “Inception, “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Mad Max: Fury Road,” and “The Revenant.” He won a BAFTA back in 2011, and snagged an Academy Award nomination for “Revenant.” He was also nominated for an Awards Circuit’s Community Award for the same role in 2015. He currently stars in Christopher Nolan’s war drama “Dunkirk,” which is in theaters now.
No premiere date or additional casting information has been released.