Relativity Media has optioned the rights to Sebastian Junger’s 2007 Vanity Fair article “Blood Oil,” an account of the Niger Delta oil saboteurs and how the militants may have sparked a U.S. recession by playing havoc on world oil prices.
This isn’t journalist Junger’s first time in film. He co-directed the 2010 Oscar-nominated doc “Restrepo” with the late journalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in an attack last year while covering the Libyan civil war. Junger’s book “A Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea” was made into a film of (almost) the same title starring George Clooney in 2000.
For “Blood Oil,” Junger spent a period of time in Nigeria, the fifth largest supplier of oil to the U.S., researching four decades worth of corruption.