Robert Zemeckis has signed on to direct a film based on the documentary “Marwencol,” Variety reports. The 2010 doc, which won Best Documentary Feature when it premiered at SXSW, tells the story of Mark Hogancamp, a man who suffered severe brain damage after being beaten outside of a bar. In order to help cope with the trauma and regain his coordination, he begins building a one-sixth scale replica of a WWII town.
Jeff Malmberg, the director of the original doc, will serve as an executive producer. Caroline Thompson, whose past screenwriting works include “Edward Scissorhands” and “Corpse Bride,” will pen the script. Zemeckis’ own ImageMovers studio is set to produce the pic under the banner of Universal.
While there has not yet been any casting, the project is said to be eyeing a high-profile lead, with the director’s top choice being Leonardo DiCaprio. Watch this space for more.
Check out the trailer for “Marwencol” below: