The Abu Sayyaf: Hollywood version in the works
A couple of Hollywood types who may or may not have ever been on the ground through the various kidnappings or saw the damage this terror-bandit gangs antics did first hand to small communities in Malaysia and the Philippines. are going to do a movie and the focus is on Abu Sabaya…
Funny how a Hollywood director and writer might never even film the project in the Philippines and might shoot the project we are told in the Virgin Islands.
I wonder if they will bother to see how the communities have bounced back in these places, how good work has been done to restore the peace and order in many places once where the Abu Sayyaf held sway and control.
Having covered this story closely – I developed relationships via email and long distance with many of the kidnap victims of this band I always worry when a Hollywood version of events is talked about.
I hope it will be more true to form. If I remember Bowden forgot to mention in his book Blackhawk Down that there were dozens of Malaysians who died trying to rescue and get to and rescue the downed crew of the US helicopters shot down in Mogadishu all those years ago.
Many times in the past when Hollywood does a film they often forget to even visit the places where the events took place. For Example the Great Raid by Miramax – could have easily been filmed on location in Cabanatuan City and in the Philippines – but the often overly fearful Hollywood set – wanted to be nearer to the western life-set and while they did do a good job on the Great Raid film – even if overly anti-war liberal Hollywood delayed its release to not seem to be supporting the War effort – few in Hollywood these days ever seem to be want to do anything that seems even remotely in support of anything- know the places and having grown up in these areas i do hope some care is taken in making this film true to life rather than a flash in pan gig for cash – there is real story that I hope will be told.
 Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer bought the screen rights to “Jihadists in Paradise”, an article written by Mark Bowden for the Atlantic Monthly, a website reported on Sunday.
Bowden, author of the best-selling book “Blackhawk Down”, was reportedly chosen to write the screenplay of the movie about the rise of the Abu Sayyaf and one of its leaders, Aldam Tilao, alias Abu Sabaya, who was killed in 2002. 
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