Salem, Oregon served as the arena for an unusual war fought between 2009 and the early 2010s: a battle for ice-cream-truck supremacy. David Wolman and Julian Smith chronicled the stranger-than-fiction skirmish in an Epic Magazine article written last year, which later inspired an episode of Radiolab. New Line has now picked up the film rights to “The Cold War,” which chronicles the years-long skirmish between rivals Dennis Roeper and Efrain Escobar.
The offbeat story has been described as a turf war that gradually escalated into something more serious — including incidents of tailgating and arson. Epic’s Joshuah Bearman and Joshua Davis are co-producing with Mad Chance’s Andrew Lazar. Bearman and Davis are no strangers to the world of film adaptation, as the former wrote an article for Wired called “The Great Escape: How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran” that served as partial source material for “Argo.”
Lazar is a veteran in this arena as well, having worked on both “I Love You Phillip Morris” and “American Sniper.”