George Clooney is in early development on a film version of Netflix’s The White Helmets documentary about first responders in Syria.
The Hollywood star and producing partner Grant Heslov are seeking a writer through their Smokehouse Pictures production company. Creative Artists Agency is representing the rights to the documentary.
The White Helmets, directed by Orlando von Einsiedel and produced by Joanna Natasegara, is on the documentary shorts Oscar shortlist.
The Syrian Civil Defence, better known as the White Helmets, consists of about 3,000 volunteers.
The organisation has been credited with saving more than 60,000 people from bombed buildings in war-torn Syria. The group has lost about 150 members during the war.
“In the White Helmets, we have a motto: to save one life is to save humanity,” one volunteer says in the documentary.
Clooney won a best supporting actor Academy Award for his role as a CIA operative in 2005’s Syriana, set in an unnamed Persian Gulf state.
He was also a producer with Heslov and Ben Affleck on 2012’s Argo set in Iran, which won the best picture Academy Award. Clooney has been nominated for six other Oscars.
Netflix released The White Helmets in September.