A memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar titled Shoot Like a Girl: How One Woman’s War Against the Taliban Led to Her Victory Over the Department of Defense will be made into a movie by TriStar Pictures and is set to be released in 2016. The book centers on Purple Heart recipient Jenning’s time serving three tours in Afghanistan, during which she Medevaced hundreds of men and women off of the battlefield. In one operation, the rescue helicopter pilot was taken down mid-rescue mission and shot by the Taliban. Jennings fought through her own injuries to not only save the three Americans who were the original targets of the rescue mission, but also eventually escaped containment by hanging onto the skids of a helicopter — some pretty obvious Hollywood material, if you ask us! But perhaps even more impressive is the fact that she then decided to take on the American government in court, suing the secretary of defense because she believed the Combat Exclusion Policy — which prevented women from entering direct combat — was unconstitutional. She won her case and the policy was eventually repealed in 2013. The movie, which is already being described as “Top Gun meets Erin Brockovich” will be produced by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Shari Smiley of the Gotham Group. As the Hollywood Reporter notes, this is already the third “women-in-war” book in as many months that sparked a Hollywood bidding war. In March, Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea’s production company won the rights to Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s Ashley’s War: The Untold Story of a Team of Women Soldiers on the Special Ops Battlefield. Just one week before, Warner Bros. bought the rights to Lynsey Addario’s It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, which will star Jennifer Lawrence as Addario.
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