Colombian director Simón Brand will retell the story of how the ex-presidential candidate was rescued after being held hostage for more than six years.

Por People Staff
Updated Julio 08, 2008
Ingrid Betancourt
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The daring rescue of Ingrid Betancourt and 14 other hostages will be made into a movie by Colombian director Simón Brand, a Hollywood production company and RCN-TV.

“They still have to choose a language for the script … (and) whether the film will be shot in Colombia or France,” reported RCN, who added that they were not sure when filming would begin.

A former presidential candidate with dual French-Colombian citizenship, Betancourt, 46, was rescued last Wednesday along with three Americans and 11 other hostages in military operation that duped rebel FARC guerrillas into thinking their captives were being transported to another camp.

In a covert operation fit for Hollywood, Colombian soldiers took acting lessons and then disguised themselves as guerrillas in Che Guevara shirts to trick the rebels into boarding a helicopter with their captives.

After she was flown to France to meet with relatives, Betancourt recently said in an interview that she planned to write a play about her six-year hostage ordeal.

Brand is best known in Colombian for his 2007 “Paraiso Travel” and for his 2005 British film “Unknown.” He has shot music videos for stars including Celia Cruz, Shakira and Enrique Iglesias.