New Six-Day War Film in the Works, Based on Book 'Lion's Gate'

Basil Iwanyk, who backed 'The Expendables,' acquired film rights to Steven Pressfield's book.

In front, from left: Generals Rehavam Ze'evi and Uzi Narkiss, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin near the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Six Day War.
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A new film about the Six-Day War, based on the book "The Lion’s Gate: On The Front Lines Of The Six Day War," is under development by the producer Basil Iwanyk, a media report says.

The producer, who has backed films including "The Expendables" and "Clash of the Titans," acquired the film rights to the "Lion's Gate" book by Steven Pressfield, a report at deadline.com says.

The book, drawing on interviews with veterans of the war and others, tells the story of Israel's quick June 1967 victory over several Arab armies, in which it took the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, East Jerusalem and the Western Wall.

Deadline.com says Iwanyk will seek out a writer after he acquired the book out of his development fund.

The story of the Six-Day War has been told before, in the 2007 film "Six Days in June," directed by Ilan Ziv.

And the lawyer Joseph Schick and the producer Jacob Septimus are planning to tell the story through the film "Jerusalem '67," having optioned Abraham Rabinovich's book "The Battle for Jerusalem."