Showtime Documentary Films has acquired worldwide rights for the feature-length doc Ready for War.
The film explores the causes and effects of deporting U.S. military veterans when they return home — and the forced recruitment into Mexican drug cartels that often awaits in Mexico. Issues explored include PTSD, drug abuse, crime convictions for combat veterans and the broader implications of immigrant soldiers.
The story is told through three green card-holding soldiers at various stages in this process. One is in Tijuana fighting to come back to the U.S. and reunite with his family. One is in ICE detention fighting deportation. And the third is already in the clutches of a drug cartel in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.
Ready for War was created by director Andrew Renzi (pictured) and producer Nick Boak. It was originally announced as a docuseries last September.
Ready for War is produced for Showtime by Entertainment One (eOne) along with Suicide Squad and Bright director David Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park, Prettybird, and Drake and Adel “Future” Nur’s DreamCrew.
Drake and Future executive produce, along with Ayer and Long, North of Now’s Renzi and Boak, Prettybird’s Kerstin Emhoff and Candice Dragonas, eOne’s Tara Long, and Showtime’s Vinnie Malhotra. Anthony Gonzales and Jason Shrier serve as producers.
No screenings or air dates have yet been announced.
The news was first reported by Deadline.