Originally Published: March 8, 2016 6:03 a.m.
PRESCOTT – Preliminary development work reportedly is underway on a movie that would tell the story of the Granite Mountain Hotshot tragedy.
Ellen Schwartz, vice president of production for Black Label Media, confirmed Monday, March 7, that the production company is working to develop “No Exit,” a film about the 19 young men who died while fighting the Yarnell Hill wildfire in June 2013.
“Right now, it is in development,” Schwartz said. So far, she said, director Joseph Kosinski has signed on to direct the movie, which would be based on a script by Ken Nolan.
Schwartz added that the production company hopes the project would be “up and running” in the production phase within the next month.
Until then, she said, many of the details are uncertain. For instance, Schwartz said the locations for the movie are still being developed, although she confirmed that preliminary scouting work has occurred in the Prescott area.
“Various people have visited Prescott,” Schwartz said. “The director’s been in town.”
Wendy Bridges, the City of Prescott’s economic development coordinator, said she had talked with production representatives about possible sites for shooting the movie.
But, Bridges said, the filming crew would need to apply for a permit to shoot within city limits, and the city has yet to receive any such application.
Schwartz said the shooting sites would not be known for certain until the movie moves onto the production phase.
Likewise, she said, the stars of the movie are not yet confirmed.
This past week, several Hollywood news accounts reported that actors Josh Brolin and Miles Teller were set to star in the movie.
Schwartz noted, however, that while “offers have gone out” to those actors, “they’re not confirmed.”
The Hotshot tragedy generated extensive media coverage, and Bridges said she has been receiving inquiries about possible Hotshot movies since soon after the wildfire occurred.
According to the IMDb (Internet Movie Database), Black Label Media’s previous productions have included: “The Good Lie” (2014); “Breaking a Monster” (2015); “Sicario” (2015); and “Demolition” (2015). The database also lists “No Exit” on the production company’s filmography, but does not include a date.
Kosinski, the movie’s director, is listed as being known for directing “Oblivion” (2013); “TRON: Legacy” (2010); and “Destiny” (2014).
Brolin has starred in recent movies “Everest,” “Hail, Caesar,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and “Labor Day.” He also starred in 2015’s “Sicario,” one of the Black Label Media’s productions about a U.S. government effort to bring down a powerful Mexican drug cartel.
Teller has starred recently in “Divergent,” “Insurgent,” “Fantastic Four,” “Two Night Stand,” and “That Awkward Moment.”
Screenwriter Ken Nolan is listed as having written “Black Hawk Down,” “Transformers 5,” and “Thunder Run.”
The Granite Mountain Hotshot crew, a part of the Prescott Fire Department, was sent to Yarnell in southwest-Yavapai County to battle the June 2013 wildfire. Along with the deaths of 19 of the crewmembers, the wildfire also destroyed 127 Yarnell-area homes.