Over the last five years, the Syrian Civil Defense — better known as the White Helmets — are estimated to have saved 70,000 victims of the country’s devastating civil war. The volunteers have also lost more than 150 of their own, a struggle captured in the Netflix documentary “The White Helmets.” Their story will be told in another form, reports Deadline, as George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures will develop a narrative based on Orlando von Einsiedel’s film.
Clooney’s work both in front of and behind the camera frequently leans toward the political; the actor won one of his Academy Awards for his role in “Syriana” and the other for producing “Argo,” which won Best Picture. Heslov shared the latter award, and co-wrote “The Ides of March” and “Good Night, and Good Luck” with Clooney, among their other collaborations.
Writing for IndieWire earlier this year, “White Helmets” producer Joanna Natasegara explained that she and the rest of the filmmakers “wanted to share these tales of bravery not only because they reaffirm our faith in the good of humanity in a world shaded by so much darkness, but also because they inspire us to work harder for what we believe in.” The film is currently available to stream on Netflix.