American star Bradley Cooper to produce television series on IS group

Ahram Online , Tuesday 9 Aug 2016

The series is based on the book Black Flags by Joby Warrick

Bradley Cooper (Photo: Ahram Arabic Gate)

American Hollywood star Bradley Cooper will produce a television series on the rise of the Islamic State group in the Middle East.

The series will be based on Black flags: The Rise of ISIS, a book by John Warrick that traces the origins of the organisation from a remote Jordanian prison up to the current Jihadist movement in Syria.

Also titled Black Flags, the series will be aired on HBO produced by Joint Effort, Cooper’s production company with Tod Philips.

Warrick, a Washington Post journalist who is on board the project with Cooper, stated that the series aims to shed light and help people sort through the issues and questions related to the organisation, according to Ahram Arabic news website.

Cooper, 41, had also produced the film American Sniper in 2015, in which he also starred as a U.S. Navy SEAL whose 160 kills during his serve time in Iraq is considered the highest count ever in U.S. military history.

It was critiqued for being a propaganda film and stirred controversy both in the US over its portrayal of war, soldiers, and Eastwood's interpretation of the history leading up to the 2003 Iraq invasion, and in the Middle East. The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said that its members had been targets of "violent threats" caused by the film's language directed at Muslims.

Cooper and Philips’ Joint Effort also produced the upcoming biographical war comedy film War Dogs, which centres on the arms trade in Afghanistan. Cooper will also star in War Dogs, which is set for release on 19 August.

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