Merian C. Cooper is the greatest Braveheart of the 20th Century. The Foundation is asking Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace to team up again to produce a new ‘Braveheart’; the story of Merian C. Cooper", America's Greatest Hero of the 20th Century
McLean, VA (PRWEB) February 29, 2012
David C. Jamison, executive director of the Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes stated: “Legendary Hollywood Producer and great American hero, Merian Caldwell Cooper, is the true “Braveheart” of the Twentieth century. The Foundation is launching a worldwide petition campaign to call on the Hollywood Motion Picture Academy to create a new Oscar category, “Special Heroes Oscar” and to award the first one to Merian C. Cooper for his unparalleled heroic and inspirational life.”
Jamison continued: “The Foundation has named Merian C. Cooper, ‘The Greatest American Hero of the Twentieth Century’. Merian Cooper voluntarily and heroically risked his life to repay America’s debt to the two Polish officers, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Kazimierz Pulaski , who voluntarily came to America’s aid in our War for Independence. Merian Cooper, in the 20th Century, voluntarily created and formed the Kosciuszko Squadron of American and Polish pilots who fought for Poland in the Polish-Bolshevik War of 1919-1921. Cooper and his fellow pilots risked their lives for freedom, just as Pulaski and Kosciuszko had done earlier. Three of the American fighter pilots gave their lives and Cooper’s plane was shot down and he spent months in a Soviet prisoner of war camp. The Americans helped the Poles smash the Bolsheviks at the gates of Warsaw in what is known as “The Miracle on the Vistula River”. Cooper and the other Americans received Poland’s highest military honor, the “Militari Virtuti”, which is equivalent to our American “Congressional Medal of Honor”. Twenty years later, during World War II, Cooper, than at the height of his great Hollywood career as a Producer, re-enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and became America’s oldest active duty fighter pilot, flying with the “Flying Tigers” in China, under the command of famed General Chennault.”
Jamison continued: “The Foundation is also asking Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace to become special members of the Foundation’s International Advisory Board to assist in illuminating the greatest stories of America’s great heroes in the days to come after the Merian C. Cooper/Kosciuszko Squadron Film Project .”
William Ciosek, founding Board member of the Foundation, who wrote the written film treatment titled “Honor To You” and created and produced the ten minute video film treatment titled “The Greatest Story Not Yet Told!”, both of which can be viewed within the Foundation’s website at http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com, stated: “Merian C. Cooper is the greatest Braveheart of the 20th Century. The Foundation is asking Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace to team up again as they did in their great work in the film ‘Braveheart’ to produce a new ‘Braveheart’ to inspire the world with the incredible and inspirational true life story of ‘America’s Greatest Hero of the Twentieth Century’, Merian C. Cooper.”
The Foundation has previously provided all information about the Merian C. Cooper Film Project, including the written film treatment and the video film treatment, for Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace and is asking representatives and agents of Mr. Gibson and Mr. Wallace to contact the Foundation as soon as possible. The Foundation can be reached directly through its executive director, David C. Jamison, at davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com and at (334) 718-9501.
The Foundation’s first choice to play the starring role of Merian C. Cooper is Mark Wahlberg. The Foundation’s first choice for cinematographer is Janusz Kaminski, of the recent Academy Oscar Award Nominee film, “War Horse” fame. However, since Mel Gibson and Randall Wallace will be in charge of the production as they were in “Braveheart”, all roles in the production will be decided by them.
The Foundation has launched the first ever social media campaign to help finance a major motion picture via donations to a charitable foundation. Jamison said, “We are calling on all members of the motion picture industry and community as well as all patriotic Americans to contact the Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes as soon as possible to join this great cause to illuminate America’s greatest heroes.”
The Foundation invites the public and the media to visit its website at http://www.illuminateamericasheroes.com, to read the written film treatment titled “Honor To You” and to view the YouTube video film treatment titled “The Greatest Story Not Yet Told!”, and to learn all the details of the Foundation’s mission and of this inspirational film project. David C. Jamison, the Foundation’s executive director, is available for all interviews and media questions and for the public directly at davidj(at)illuminateamericasheroes(dot)com or by phone at (334) 718-9501.
Contact information: David C. Jamison, Executive Director
The Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes, Inc.