Marine's story inspires Iraq movie

HBO has ordered a movie based on a US Marine's experience transporting the body of a fallen colleague home from Iraq.

Taking Chance will begin production in the summer in anticipation of airing on the channel next year. The script was adapted by Michael Strobl from an article he wrote about escorting the body of 19-year-old Chance Phelps in 2004.

"This film pays tribute to the everyday American men and women who have given their lives in Iraq," HBO Films president Colin Callender said. "Regardless of one's own politics, one cannot help but be humbled in the face of this ultimate sacrifice made by Chance and his family."

Lance Cpl. Phelps was killed in April 2004 by hostile fire and was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star. He hailed from Dubois, Wyoming, and was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

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