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Bradley Cooper & Todd Phillips Turning ISIS Book ‘Black Flags’ Into HBO Miniseries

The pair will executive produce the HBO project through their production company Joint Effort.

Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips

Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips


Frequent collaborators Bradley Cooper and Todd Phillips will executive produce a TV series about ISIS for HBO, Deadline reports. The miniseries will be based on Joby Warrick’s 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning nonfiction book “Black Flags: The Rise Of ISIS.” Tim Van Patten (“Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire”) is attached to direct and executive produce. Author Gregg Hurwitz is in the process adapting the book, and will also serve as an executive producer.

The series could be the first TV project for the pair’s production company Joint Effort, which they established together in 2014. The company’s first movie since Cooper and Phillips merged their Warner Bros.-based shingles is “War Dogs,” which hits theaters August 19.

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The series based on “Black Flags” will cover the origin story of ISIS, which began in a prison in Jordan before growing into the globally-feared terrorist group. Cooper reportedly read the book and immediately contacted Warrick about the idea of turning it into a series.

While Phillips is known for writing and directing comedies like “Old School,” “Starsky and Hutch” and “The Hangover” franchise, he began his career with the documentaries “Hated: GG Allin and the Murder Junkies,” about the notorious punk rock performer GG Allin, and “Frat House,” a documentary for HBO about fraternity life.

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