Jake Gyllenhaal, Daniel Espinosa Team Up for Middle Eastern Drama 'Anarchists vs. ISIS'

  • Posted on: 24 March 2017
  • By: thecollective

From The Hollywood Reporter

12:56 PM PDT 3/23/2017 by Borys Kit

Espinosa is set to direct the film adaptation, which would star Gyllenhaal.
Jake Gyllenhaal is reteaming with his Life director Daniel Espinosa for an adaptation of the Rolling Stone article, "The Anarchists vs. ISIS."

Espinosa is set to direct the film adaptation and will produce under his newly formed production banner BOZI alongside Ninestories’ producers Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker. Bold Films chairman Michel Litvak will also produce, and CEO Gary Michael Walters will executive produce.

The Rolling Stone article, written by Seth Harp, tells the true story of a ragtag team of American volunteers, socialists and outcasts who are fighting alongside the Kurdish militia known as the YPG to beat ISIS in Syria and establish an anarchist collective amid the rubble of war.

“Thematically, we’re often attracted to material about the search for identity, especially in a world where it’s become easier to feel less and less connected," said Marker in a statement. "Seth’s story is about people who abandon everything that’s familiar as a means to connect in the most brutal of circumstances.”

Opening Friday, Life features Gyllenhaal in a sci-fi thriller about astronauts on a space station that discover an alien organism. Espinosa directed the movie, in which Ryan Reynolds also stars.

The collaboration went so well that Espinosa and Gyllenhaal began talking about other projects on which to work together.

Gyllenhaal’s Ninestories is in postproduction on David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon bombing Stronger. The company has a deal with Bold, which financed and produced Gyllenhaal’s acclaimed 2014 drama 'Nightcrawler'.

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Oh man, a Hollywood version of Kurdish Kollege Kzchicks with Kalashnikovs? They're gonna be extra hot.

Stallone already been cast as Abu Azrael... Or literally "Abu the Angel of Death":

https://absoluterights.com/iraqs-rambo-is-a-true-isis-killer/

Huh? Now big media celebs are being stupider than the Pothole Anarcho-Syndicalist Army?

Nooooone will come any close to the inherently-anarchist cinema of Michael Haneke.

Yes, yes, but will there be a Marvel universe tie-in?

What is a life director and how do I get one?

The trouble is the assumption that these neo-Bookchinists are anarchists when in fact they are mostly idealistic leftist malcontents suffering identity crises and testosterone overflow in a competition to see who can be the top gun toting activist of the year. Its a shame Gyllenhaal is unaware of the contradiction, I like his movies, e.g. Jarhead and Zodiac. Rather, Abbott and Costello, Lucille Ball and Lavern and Shirley should have been cast instead. I'm very angry about how the anarchist name is being portrayed in this binary good vs evil nationalist territorial dispute involving rival industrial military complexes. Sad,,,,,,,,,

"idealistic leftist malcontents" <--- that's what most anarchists actually are, in spite of the donkey-noises being made by a handful of self-aggrandizing online pundits for the last few years, the fact remains … Your completely impotent and irrelevant rage is amusing to us though so please, continue!

Also starring Paul Z Simons as the reporter who risks everything to get the story, falls in love with a hot YPJ woman, and gets out alive to tell the world about anarchy in Rojava.

Bookchin would be proud.

I predict the sequel to be centered on PZS as he moved to the upper echelons of the squat milieu in Exakhia, having to deal with the torments of international activist stardom while sipping tea from his balcony. A few riot scenes co-starring Jesse Eisenberg -as a disgruntled "Bellamy" from the US- and a brief love story with Emma Watson, playing "Laurene", a bourgeois socialist organizer from London with the typically funny aristocratic manners. Expect climax developing around main character going into flame wars in Anews comment sections, intercut with long-exposure scenes of several assemblies....

i think one of the best movies ever could be made using nothing more than selected dialog (for lack of a better word) from @news. put the words in all kinds of folks mouths, from jz to orangina trump to alec baldwin to tim robbins to pzs.

I picture jz's character as an oregonian chuck norris meets david carradine. Perhaps a line of action flicks with titles like "Uncivilized" or "Uncivilized II: Donation of Blood" or "Uncivilized III: Egocide." Call him the No-Bull Savage.

"A once-civilized man decides to take walk on the wild side—of history."

*sword clash sounds*

*nasally japanese singing*

"Betrayed by his Party, with nothing to lose, he set out on a journey to find himself—only to find... a beast."

*jaguar sound*

*first person camera views running through a forest*

We see a scene of construction workers in a forest with heavy earth moving equipment. A chainsaw starts up. Its blade spinning approaches a tree trunk, hovering fractions of an inch above the bark. But then...

*a blur of green & black plaid*

"Hungh!"

"Err!"

"Argh!"

*several bodies lay still on the ground, and a smoking bulldozer sits broken in half*

*an eagle calls overhead as the camera zooms deep into the forest, narrowing in between branches and leaves, to reveal a pair of blue eyes. a moment later: whoosh! they disappear*

Very much in the same vein as Hobo With a Shot Gun but with anti-civ topics. Extra points for No-Bull Savage;)

Get on it someone.

A News comment section has become great again, Thanks Donald Trump.

This movie better have a wolf scene like in The Day After Tomorrow.

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