Shalom Life | August 02, 2015

Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

The American jailed for passing sensitive information to Israel will have his story adapted for the big screen

By: B. Shane Morganstein

Published: August 1st, 2015 in Culture » Film » News

Film to be Made about Jonathan Pollard

Photo: Jonathan Pollard

It seems that Hollywood will be making a film about Jonathan Pollard after all. In the wake of the announcement of his impending release, Deadline Hollywood is reporting that a Fox-affiliated movie production studio will be filming a movie based on the events leading up to the arrest and incarceration of Pollard.

Pollard, a former US Navy analyst, who was arrested 30 years ago for passing sensitive information to the Israelis. Many influential public figures have called for his release over the years, though the American government has been extremely resistant to releasing Pollard from prison.

The movie based on Pollard’s story will reportedly be produced by The Jackal Group, and will borrow from a play by Martin Blank entitled The Law of Return. The film will also be co-produced by Gail Berman and Rory Koslow.

“I am looking forward to being reunited with my beloved wife Esther,” Pollard said through his attorneys earlier this week. “I would like to thank the many thousands of well-wishers in the United States, Israel, and throughout the world, who provided grass roots support by attending rallies, sending letters, making phone calls to elected officials, and saying prayers for my welfare. I am deeply appreciative of every gesture, large or small.”

Pollard’s lawyers are also grateful for their client’s impending release. “The decision tog rant parole was made unanimously by the three members of the Parole Commission, who make their decisions independently of any other US government agency. The decision is not connected to recent developments in the Middle East.”

Pollard would be facing another 15 years in prison had he not been granted parole, in order to finish serving his life sentence for conspiracy to deliver classified information to the State of Israel.

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