Robert Pattinson to Hunt Down Saddam Hussein in Mission: Blacklist

Mission Blacklist Book CoverSo, how did they find former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein hiding out in his little spider hole in the first place? I guess we’ll find out when “Mission: Blacklist” arrives onsceen.

The Iraqi War film is currently being shopped in Cannes, with Robert Pattinson attached to star as real-life military interrogator Eric Maddox, to be based on the book “Mission: Blacklist #1” by Maddox and Davin Seay. Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (“Johnny Mad Dog”) will direct.

“Mission: Blacklist” is described as a “psychological thriller that details the true, inside story of the search for Saddam Hussein and the interrogator, Eric Maddox, who spearheaded his capture.”

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Everyone has seen the footage: a heavily bearded Saddam Hussein blinking under the bright lights of infantry cameras, dazed to find himself in U.S. Army custody. Yet while the breaking news was broadcast around the world, the story of the remarkable events leading up to that moment on December 13, 2003, has never before been fully told. Mission: Black List #1 offers the complete, behind-the-scenes account of the search for Saddam Hussein, as related by the Army interrogator whose individual courage and sheer determination made the capture possible.

In July of 2003, Staff Sergeant Eric Maddox was deployed to Baghdad alongside intelligence analysts and fellow interrogators. Their assignment was clear: gather actionable intelligence—leads that could be used to launch raids on High Value Targets within the insurgency. But, as Maddox recounts, hunting for the hidden links in the terrorist network would require bold and untested tactics, and the ability to never lose sight of the target, often hiding in plain sight.

After months of chasing down leads, following hunches, and interrogating literally hundreds of detainees, Sergeant Maddox uncovered crucial details about the insurgency. In his final days in Iraq, he closed in on the dictator’s inner circle and, within hours of his departure from the country, pinpointed the precise location of Saddam’s Tikrit spider hole.

Pattinson is getting early props for his role in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”, one of those movies destined to become a cult hit but will do almost no business at the Stateside box office, despite (or perhaps in spite of?) Pattinson’s popularity with the kids. The fact that it’s Rated R and is probably not for the “Twilight” kiddies, of course, doesn’t help.

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