Academy award winning director of "Crash," Paul Haggis to direct a film adaptation of Richard Clarke's book, "Against All Enemies"

March 13th, 2006

Crash' Director's War Projects
March 14, 2006

Paul Haggis, the director of the Oscar-winning “Crash,” will direct a film adaptation of Richard A. Clarke's political memoir about the Bush administration's handling of events before and after the Sept. 11 attacks, “Against All Enemies: Inside America's War on Terror,” for Sony Pictures Entertainment. Mr. Haggis hopes to turn the book, a wonkish chronicle of the Bush administration's focus on Iraq following Sept. 11, into a political thriller like “All the President's Men.” “I don't know how to do it, so that's why I want to attempt it,” he said. “It could be really embarrassing.” Mr. Haggis, who also shared an Oscar for the “Crash” screenplay, has also just finished writing “Death and Dishonor,” about the invasion of Baghdad. Is he angry about the war? “I'm not angry,” he said. “Well, I may be angry, but that's not why I'm doing these projects. It's how we got ourselves into this mess.” As for casting, who would play Mr. Clarke? Tom Hanks? Anthony Hopkins? Mr. Haggis demurred. “There's a good list of people out there,” he said. He added that he hoped to shoot the movie this year.