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Charlize Theron to produce film based on reporter Marie Colvin’s life

Marie Colvin was raised in East Norwich.

Marie Colvin was raised in East Norwich. Credit: Sunday Times

Oscar-winner Charlize Theron is producing a film based on the life of Marie Colvin, the Long Island-raised war correspondent who was killed in a 2012 rocket attack while covering the Syrian civil war.

The Hollywood Reporter said Wednesday that Theron’s Denver and Delilah Productions, which has produced numerous films beginning with 2003’s “Monster,” and Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Pictures (2015’s “Sicario,” this year’s “Gods of Egypt”) has hired Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Matthew Heineman to direct the biographical drama. Arash Amel (2014’s “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman) has written the screenplay, based on a Vanity Fair article about Colvin’s storied career.

Theron has starred in some but not all of her company’s films, and the report did not indicate if she were considering portraying the journalist, who was born in Astoria and raised in East Norwich.

Colvin, a 1974 Oyster Bay High School graduate, initially studied anthropology at Yale but shifted her focus to journalism. A year after graduating, she became a police reporter for UPI in New York, and later that wire service’s Paris bureau chief. She joined London’s The Sunday Times in 1986 and went on to cover hot spots around the world — Chechnya, East Timor, Eritrea, Tripoli and the West Bank. She lived among the Taliban in Afghanistan, filed dispatches from behind enemy lines in Baghdad during the Persian Gulf War, and reported from the battlefield where Serbs fought the Kosovo Liberation Army.

Colvin gained her trademark eye patch in Sri Lanka in 2001, when a grenade exploded near her, causing the loss of her left eye. At age 56, she was killed, along with French photographer Remí Ochlik, during a rocket attack by the Syrian military against rebels in the city of Homs. Earlier this month, Colvin’s family and the Center for Justice and Accountability sued the Syrian government, saying President Bashar Assad’s administration “hunted down journalists and media activists” reporting on the war.

More than 200 mourners, including media mogul Rupert Murdoch, owner of The Sunday Times, attended her funeral at the Church of St. Dominic in Oyster Bay. After her death, Stony Brook University founded the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting.

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