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'Scandal' Season 3 Creator Shonda Rhimes Pens Film 'War Correspondents' with 'Grey's Anatomy' Producer

By Shiryn Ghermezian, ENSTARS
on Jul 30, 2013 05:01 PM EDT
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Creator behind ABC's Scandal Shonda Rhimes will write the screenplay for the upcoming drama by Sony's Columbia Pictures titled War Correspondents, The Hollywood Reporter noted Monday.

Rhimes started her Holllywood career writing scripts for movies, such as Crossroads and The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagement, and returns to pen the drama about female war correspondents. Her Shondaland partner Betsy Beers will executive produce alongside Mark Gordon, who, with The Mark Gordon Co., executively produces Grey's Anatomy. The company also was behind the spin-off series Private Practice, which ended after six seasons earlier this year.

"Shonda's unparalleled story sense - especially when it comes to stories about women forging their way in traditionally male professions - made this project irresistible," said Hannah Minghella, president of production at Columbia Pictures, in a statement to THR. "Shonda first explored the idea of a story about female war correspondents for television, but over the years, it's become a much bigger story and we're thrilled that she sees a way to do it on the big screen. She has a great take on the material and we have a consummate producer on board with Gordon and believe this will make a terrific feature film."

Rhimes co-wrote the telepic Introducing Dorothy Dandridge for HBO, which earned Halle Berry a Golden Globe and Emmy. Gordon's credits include Showtime's Ray DonovanCriminal MindsArmy Wives, and the feature films Source Code and Speed. Rhimes, Beers and Gordon developed the idea of War Correspondents originally for TV but the project never gained momentum once the Iraq War began, according to the report..

War reteams Beers with Gordon, since she was preisdent at The Mark Gordon Co. before she teamed with Rhimes for Shondaland.

Grey's Anatomy season 10 premieres on Sept. 26 and will include the show's 200th episode. Scandal, which is based on the life of famous political fixer Judy Smith, enters its third season on ABC in the fall. Emmy nominations were recently handed out to its stars Kerry Washington and Dan Bucatinsky.

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