Following the success of Avengers: Infinity War and entering post-production on the untitled sequel–scheduled for release sometime next May–Joe and Anthony Russo have signed a deal for movie rights to Cherry, a semi-autobiographical novel written by U.S. Army Veteran Nico Walker.
Cherry, published by Alfred A. Knopf and debuting at No. 14 on The New York Times bestseller list, follows a young man who joins the Army as a medic. Upon returning home, the novel’s protagonist becomes a drug addict and finds himself drowning in the debt he’s accrued, which prompts him to rob more than 10 banks before the cops sniff him out in 2011.
According to Deadline, The Russo brothers, also known for directing superhero films like 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, will use their AGBO production company to produce the film.
Being semi-autobiographical, Cherry mirrors aspects of Walker’s life. Between 2005 and 2006, after dropping out of college at the age of 19, Walker served in the U.S. Army as a medic in Iraq, completing more than 200 combat missions. However, some time after returning home from the war, Walker found solace in heroin. And to fund his new expensive habit, he robbed several banks around Cleveland in a four-month span, beginning in December 2010 until police apprehended him April 2011. Walker’s currently serving an 11-year sentence.
During his tours, Walker received seven medals and commendations for valor. He’s scheduled to be released from prison in November 2020. The Russo brothers’ film adaptation of the novel doesn’t have a release date as of yet.