'I Helped Destroy People' Movie to Explore Mistakes in the War on Terror

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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in "Watchmen" (HBO) and Michael B. Jordan in "Tom Clancy's Without Remorse" (Prime Video).

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, the nation scrambled to figure out and deal with a threat that, while some anticipated it, most Americans had no idea actually existed. Mistakes were made as the federal government scrambled to catch up.

Some of those mistakes became long-running policy and, eventually, a Black FBI agent named Terry Albury decided the world needed to know how racial profiling had become a standard tool in that mission, even though it was supposed to be illegal.

Some might think that Albury made his own mistake when he leaked documents to investigative news website The Intercept. The agent was eventually busted by his own organization. He's serving four years in prison after being charged and convicted under the Espionage Act.

The former agent told his story to reporter Janet Reitman, and she published a massive article called "I Helped Destroy People" last September in the New York Times Magazine. Now that article will become a movie produced by Michael B. Jordan ("Creed," "Black Panther," "Tom Clancy's No Remorse").

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II is set to star as Albury in the movie and will also produce alongside Jordan. The actor won an Emmy for his portrayal of Dr. Manhattan in the HBO series "Watchmen" and appeared as Morpheus in "The Matrix Resurrections." He played Manta in the DC Comics movie "Aquaman" and will repeat the role in the upcoming sequel, "Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom." He plays a veteran desperate to raise money for his wife's surgery in the upcoming Michael Bay heist thriller, "Ambulance."

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"I Helped Destroy People" will be scripted by Ben Watkins, who's written or produced the television series "Burn Notice," "Hand of God," "Wu-Tang: An American Saga" and "Truth Be Told."

Should Albury have exposed the FBI's questionable practices to a journalist? Is he a hero or a villain? Does his disillusionment with how we conducted the War on Terror justify his behavior? That's certainly up for debate, but it's extremely likely that the movie will land firmly on the side that Albury did his country a service and then paid the price.

Jordan and Abdul-Mateen will produce the movie for Amazon Studios, so look for it to stream on Prime Video next year.

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