Variety magazine has announced that Tom Hardy will produce and star in My War Gone By, I miss It So, a film that recounts an English war correspondent’s experience of the Bosnian war.
The film is based on the 1999 book of the same name by Anthony Lloyd, which explores “his experiences in Bosnia and personal reflections of his time in the British army, his parents’ divorce, his estrangement from his father, and his heroin addiction”.
Lloyd was born into a military family, raised on war stories and ancestral heroes. Desperate to experience war first-hand, he left the UK at the age of 26 to document the conflict in Bosnia, where he observed the bloody battle amongst the Serbs, Croats and Bosnian Muslims. On his return home, Lloyd swapped the adrenaline of the battlefields for the adrenaline of heavy narcotics, beginning a personal battle with heroin addiction.
Hardy told Variety, “My War Gone By is a brutal yet sensitive story which addresses both the nature of addiction and the experience of war… I was struck by Anthony’s work and words, experiences, and for me his is an important voice and an important book.” Gavin O’Connor, who is set to direct and co-produce the film, described Lloyd’s memoir as “a portrait of war like I’d never read before” and “a book written with both fists”.
No release date has yet been set for My War Gone By, I Miss It So, but it’s already drumming up plenty of intrigue and excitement.