Imperial Life in the Emerald City, the acclaimed non-fiction book on Iraq by Washington Post senior editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran, is being adapted for a major Hollywood film.
Paul Greengrass, who specialises in dramatisation of real-life events, will direct the film for Universal Pictures. The director has earlier made films like United 93, about one of the hijacked 9/11 flights, and the $100 million The Bourne Ultimatum with Matt Damon.
Damon, star of Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels, is likely to star in Imperial Life in the Emerald City slated for release in 2009.
The book was published last year by Knopf/Random House and won the 30,000-pound Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-Fiction for 2007.
It is based on Chandrasekaran's experiences in Iraq, where he was stationed as the Post's Baghdad bureau chief in 2003-04. The Indian American journalist lives in Washington.
According to Chandrasekaran's website, his first book as author is "an unprecedented account of life in Baghdad's Green Zone, a walled-off enclave of towering plants, posh villas and sparkling swimming pools that was the headquarters for the American occupation of Iraq".
Imperial Life in the Emerald City is one of several feature films being made against the background of Iraq war.
Chandrasekaran said he is "thrilled that a director as accomplished as Paul Greengrass wants to turn Imperial Life in the Emerald City into a movie. Paul is a brilliant guy and he has a very compelling vision for the project".