If you’re like me, you probably spent some time after seeing American Sniper (which now is officially an Academy Award winning film) wondering what the movie would have been like if David O. Russell or especially Steven Spielberg had tackled Jason Hall‘s script instead of Clint Eastwood, as previously rumored. Well, we might yet get to see what a Hall/Spielberg pairing would produce. A few years ago, the Beard was looking at making Thank You For your Service, an adaptation of the David Finkel book about the struggles soldiers coming home from Afghanistan and Iraq deal with. He’d wanted Daniel Day-Lewis to collaborate with him again, taking a lead role, but nothing materialized. Now, reports have him potentially revisiting this project, with Hall writing the adaptation and Day-Lewis possibly on board again (though I can’t help but wonder if anyone is considering Bradley Cooper, if only to further the American Sniper comparison). There’s a ways to go still, as Spielberg is finishing up his 2015 awards player St. James Place with Tom Hanks and also has The BFG to shoot, but I’m very intrigued. Below you can see a description of the book, but if this winds up being one of Spielberg’s next flicks, it could be an Oscar juggernaut. Stay tuned for more on Thank You For Your Service when we have it…
Here’s the book’s description:
In Thank You for Your Service, Finkel has done something even more extraordinary. Once again, he has embedded with some of the men of the 2-16—but this time he has done it at home, here in the States, after their deployments have ended. He is with them in their most intimate, painful, and hopeful moments as they try to recover, and in doing so, he creates an indelible, essential portrait of what life after war is like—not just for these soldiers, but for their wives, widows, children, and friends, and for the professionals who are truly trying, and to a great degree failing, to undo the damage that has been done. The story Finkel tells is mesmerizing, impossible to put down. With his unparalleled ability to report a story, he climbs into the hearts and minds of those he writes about. Thank You for Your Service is an act of understanding, and it offers a more complete picture than we have ever had of these two essential questions: When we ask young men and women to go to war, what are we asking of them? And when they return, what are we thanking them for?
–Thoughts? Discuss in the comments!