Bradley Cooper develops HBO miniseries about rise of ISIS militant group

Fri Aug 5, 2016 2:20pm EDT
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By Melissa Fares

(Reuters) - Actor Bradley Cooper is developing a TV miniseries based on a book about the rise of Islamic State militants, a show the author hopes will help Americans understand how the group came about.

Joby Warrick's 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS" tracks the group’s unlikely roots and transformation into the jihadist ensemble, from its origins in a remote Jordanian prison to its advances in Syria.

The non-fiction book also follows the small band of American and international agents tasked with shutting down the group.

"Delighted to finally be able to make this news public," Warrick, 56, said via a Twitter post on Thursday.

Cooper, best known for his starring roles in movies like "American Sniper" and "The Hangover," is developing the miniseries for HBO through his production company, the cable channel said. It will dramatize events in the book.

Warrick, a national security reporter at the Washington Post, said the series would aim to explain, educate and help clarify issues about the Islamic State group and its motivations, a subject he had discussed with Cooper which was of immediate and utmost importance to American citizens.

"It’s entertainment but it’s not purely entertainment," Warrick told Reuters on Friday. "The story is in good hands."

Warrick said Cooper, 41, and partner producer Todd Phillips, 45, had visited him at his home outside of Washington, D.C. earlier this year to pitch their idea.   Continued...

Actor Bradley Cooper poses during the GQ Men of the Year party in West Hollywood, California December 3, 2015.  REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian