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Monday, 1 October, 2001, 17:46 GMT 18:46 UK
Bin Laden novel set for big screen
The SAS badge,
Andy McNab was a member of the SAS for 22 years
Miramax has bought the rights to a novel by former SAS soldier Andy McNab featuring a plot in which Osama bin Laden aims to blow up the White House.

Crisis Four was written by the former SAS sergeant in 1999 and the American film company bought the rights before the terror atrocities in the US on 11 September.

It tells the story of SAS man Nick Stone's journey to foil a British woman's attempt to infiltrate the White House on behalf of bin Laden.

Miramax vowed to continue with the Crisis Four project but stressed it will show sensitivity to the current feelings in the US.

Sean Bean
Sean Bean starred in the BBC adaptation of Bravo Two Zero
McNab has sold the rights to all four of his novels including the bestseller Bravo Two Zero which, was previously adapted by the BBC.

The former soldier was the UK's most highly decorated serving soldier when he left 22 SAS Regiment in 1993.

On an SAS operation behind Iraqi lines during the Gulf war, the patrol McNab was leading was attacked.

Three members died, one escaped to Syria, and four - including McNab - were captured and tortured.

Andy McNab is not his real name, and he keeps his visual identity secret after receiving death threats.

He served in B Squadron 22 SAS for nine years and worked on covert operations worldwide, including anti-terrorist and anti-drug operations in the Middle East and Far East, South and Central America and Northern Ireland.

McNab has been slated as a co-producer on the future film, alongside Bonnie Timmermann, who has cast more than two dozen feature films.

White House
The White House is the fictional target in Crisis Four
The pair met while working on Michael Mann's film Heat, where McNab worked as a technical advisor showing the stars how to handle weapons.

McNab's publicist said: "The film is still set to go ahead as the novel is basically about the fight against terrorism and good winning over evil."

Miramax confirmed that it had bought the rights to all four books, including his next novel Last Light, out on 4 October.

A spokesman told BBC News Online: "We bought the film rights to Crisis Four before the events of 11 September.

"There may have to be some adjustments made to the script and there will be a sensitivity involved in adapting it.

"It is still in the development stage and so far there is no date set for the start of production."


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