29 August 2013 1:44 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mexican director Luis Mandoki has boarded Vietnam War indie drama “The Don Dawson Story” with plans to start lensing early next year.

Laura Brownson of Dandelion Films is producing with Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Films. Stephanie Striegel of Identity is co-producing.

Story is triggered by the 1964 disappearance of U.S. Army pilot Daniel Dawson’s L-19 surveillance plane in the Vietnam jungles. Three weeks later, his younger brother Don left his job, family and friends, emptied his bank account and traveled to Vietnam to find his brother.

Don Dawson spent the next eight months in Vietnam, including four as a Pow, but wasn’t able to locate his brother.

Richard Friedenberg (“A River Runs Through It”) has penned the script.

Mandoki’s directing credits include “Amazing Grace,” “Message in a Bottle” and “When a Man Loves a Woman.”He directed last year’s Mexico-set drama “La Vida Precoz y Breve de Sabina Rivas. »


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