Taylor Hackford has signed on to directGood Luck, Mr. Anthony, a film "about the South African game preserve owner who snuck into Iraq after the war began in 2003 and rescued the animals in the Baghdad Zoo." Cool! I wonder if it will be as exciting as the scene in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure where he frees all the animals from the burning pet store? Aryman Bernstein (The Hurricane) and Terry Jastrow wrote the script. Hackford was nominated for a Best Director Academy Award for Ray, he was also behind the camera for the classic romance An Officer and a Gentleman, the fantastic and overlooked Stephen King adaptation Dolores Claiborne, and Devil's Advocate -- one of my favorite guilty pleasures. Fun fact alert -- did you know Hackford is married to everyone's favorite GILF Helen Mirren? Now you do!

Good Luck, Mr. Anthony will tell the true story of Lawrence Anthony, owner of a game preserve in South Africa. During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Anthony was disturbed to note that when wars break out, zoo animals are often killed or simply die of neglect. Anthony crossed the border from Kuwait and found the zoo, where 1,000 animals had already died. "Engaging mercenaries to battle insurgents and poachers, Anthony rallied the zoo staff to return and protected the animals with the help of other local people." Sounds like a great story, doesn't it? I don't know what the tone will be like, but it is a Disney production, so I hope they don't go the talking elephants route. Click on this link to check out Mr. Anthony's website. Looking at the pictures of him there, I'd say Paul Giamatti would be an outstanding choice for the role...

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