Hollywood launching new Convoy

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Hollywood is eyeing a new Convoy action/adventure film, this one about truckers hauling in war-torn Afghanistan.

This Convoy apparently is not a remake of the 1970s cult classic about outlaw truckers who battle a corrupt sheriff. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new film will focus on a group of U.S. truck drivers who contract to drive U.S. goods through Afghanistan in order to pay off debts.

The film reportedly will be directed by John Singleton, who directed Boyz N the Hood, the Samuel L. Jackson remake of Shaft, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Four Brothers. The script reportedly will be written by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, who have no major Hollywood credits, according to the Internet Movie Database. A cast has not been announced.

Joshua Marston, writer-director of the movie Maria Full of Grace, is writing a script with a similar premise, but a different location: Financially strapped American truckers sign up for a one-year job hauling U.S. goods through Iraq.

A number of American truckers serving in war zones have been killed or wounded in recent years. Trucker Thomas Hamill, wounded and kidnapped in spring 2004 by insurgents in Iraq, escaped from his captors and later co-wrote a book about his experience.