Hollywood to turn Bogdanos book about stolen Iraq antiquities into a movie

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Valhalla Motion Pictures and Legendary Pictures are going to Iraq, obtaining feature rights to Matthew Bogdanos' "Thieves of Baghdad" to produce for Warner Bros.
Studio and Legendary will co-finance the adaptation of the book, which focuses on the pursuit of stolen antiquities from the Iraq National Museum. Gale Anne HurdGale Anne Hurd will produce.

Tome's a first-person account of Bogdanos' criminal investigation in the midst of war to recover priceless artifacts after gaining the trust and cooperation of Iraqi civilians. Bogdanos and his team recovered a large number of the pieces looted from the museum without a single casualty.

Bogdanos, a reserve Marine Corps colonel, was working as a Manhattan assistant district attorney when he was called to active duty in Afghanistan after 9/11. He subsequently earned a Bronze Star for his leadership role in counterterrorist operations and served two tours in Iraq before returning to the D.A.'s office last October.

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