Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play Medal of Honor recipient John Chapman in the upcoming film Combat Control, Sam Hargrave (Extraction) is set to direct the film. MGM is currently in talks to acquire the film.

Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal, Sam Hargrave

MGM is in talks to acquire Combat Control, which tells the true story of Medal of Honor recipient John Chapman, Jake Gyllenhaal is set to play the late war hero. Sam Hargrave, who recently directed Extraction for Netflix, will direct the pic. His longtime collaborator Shelby Malone will associate produce. Gyllenhaal is also executive producing.

Combat Control is based on the true story of Air Force CCT Chapman, who died in battle on March 4, 2002 in Afghanistan.

“Following his death, no one imagined it would take over a decade for the truth of what really happened on that snowy mountainside to emerge. Fifteen years later, Air Force Captain Cora Alexander is tasked with the nearly impossible job of investigating whether Chapman is a worthy recipient of the medal, despite no eyewitnesses to his actions and the top-secret world surrounding clandestine operations. Alexander has to uncover the truth, and in revealing Chapman’s sacrifice to the world, she forges her own path to self-forgiveness and personal redemption.”

Chapman was awarded the Medal of Honor on August 22, 2018, and after that,

“the U.S. government allowed the release of his story, and that of the classified Combat Controllers, to the public, giving the world a  glimpse into the smallest, most secretive and most highly decorated unit in the U.S. military.”

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