The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare
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Black Bear International arranged financing The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare and is handling world sales on the film.
The true story covers UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s and Ian Fleming’s secret WWII combat organization. The clandestine squad’s unconventional and ‘ungentlemanly’ fighting techniques against the Nazis helped change the course of the war and gave birth to the modern Black Ops unit.
The script by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Arash Amel and Ritchie is based on war correspondent and military historian Damien Lewis’ best-selling book of the same name. Tamasy and Johnson initiated the project and sold it as a pitch to Bruckheimer and Paramount in 2015. On the heels of his Best Picture Oscar nom for Top Gun: Maverick, Bruckheimer (Bad Boys for Life, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise) is producing alongside Chad Oman, Ritchie’s producing partner Ivan Atkinson, and John Friedberg for Black Bear International. Executive producers include Scott Lastaiti, Olga Filipuk, Damien Lewis, and Tamasy and Johnson..
L ewis is a Founder Member of the Irish Film and Television Agency (IFTA) and The Frontline Cub. He is a Fellow of The Royal Geographical Society and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He is a member of the Society of Authors, the National Union of Journalists, the Director’s Guild of Great Britain, the Victory Services Club, the Royal Overseas League and 21 SAS Artist’s Rifles Clubhouse.
He is also Patron to several charities related to his writing, and he raises funds for charities associated with his work. He talks widely to audiences about his work, including the Theatre Royal Bath, the National Army Museum, The Royal Geographical Society, the Hay Festival, Edinburgh Festival, and at Speakers Festivals world-wide. He is married with four children and lives in Dorset, in the UK.