VIDEO: Eric Maddox talks about Mission: Blacklist and when filming should begin

Here’s the full interview.


If the embed doesn’t work for the full interview, click HERE if you’d like to watch!

Eric also mentioned Robert Pattinson and the project during an interview with KGOU Radio. Here is a portion of what he shared, thanks to Spunk Ransom:

GRILLOT: So I have to mention here, as we’re finishing up, your book Mission: Blacklist is going to be made into a film. Robert Pattinson’s been cast to play you in your movie. How do you feel about that? What are we going to learn? What are we going to see in this film?

MADDOX: I’m very excited about it. The one thing I’ve asked is that the movie be as real as possible. And working with Rob, that’s the one thing he insists on. He always asks me, ‘Is this real? Did this happen?’ So it’s exciting. We’ll see.

GRILLOT: Well we’ll be looking forward to that in the next year.

Click HERE to listen to that full interview.


Embankment updates Mission: Blacklist status to Summer 2013; Delivery Summer 2014; Plus where’s Sauvaire??

UPDATE: Director name still missing from Embankment site.

UPDATE: It looks like Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name has been put back onto the Embankment site!
We’ll keep you updated if there are anymore developments

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Embankment Films updated their Mission: Blacklist page and there are some notable changes:

  • The film is now slated for production, late Summer 2013. That matches with the report from Eric Maddox, for an August start month.
  • The film will be ready for delivery Summer 2014.
  • Jean Stephane-Sauvaire’s name is removed as the director. Hmmmmmm

We’ll continue to keep you posted on the film!

Via: @BlacklistMovie

VIDEO: News On 6 Interview Eric Maddox And Say Mission:Blacklist Starts Filming In August

News on 6 (Oklahoma) did a great interview with Eric Maddox recently about how he became an interrogator and ultimately tracking down Saddam Hussein.
They also say something VERY interesting at the end of their report. They say that Mission:Blacklist starts filming this August!

We’re keeping everything crossed and will obviously update you if there’s anymore information on this.

In the meantime check out the interview below………


Eric Maddox Talks Mission:Blacklist, Robert Pattinson & What Makes A Good Interrogator

Eric Maddox spoke at the University of Oklahoma last Wednesday and shared the story of the steps leading to the capture of Hussein.
He spoke about his book Mission:Blacklist being made into a movie, not knowing who Robert Pattinson was & more.

Eric Maddox

Check out an excerpt from the article below:

“What I’m about to tell you is not the opinion of the United States Army, it is the opinion of Eric Maddox,” he said.

Eric Maddox – interrogator, author and OU alumnus explained the process of finding and capturing Saddam Hussein and detailed the dilemmas he faced to about 300 people in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The audience ranged from students to faculty to Maddox’s father.

“My faith plays an absolute role in every single thing I do,” Maddox said.

A devout Christian who had planned on going to law school after graduating from OU, Maddox decided to change his plans during a run near his hometown of Sapulpa.

“I joined the army because I was running in Tulsa between semesters, and I heard a voice that said, ‘you need to be an airborne ranger,’” Maddox said.

After talking with his dad about what he would have done differently with his life, Maddox said he decided he needed to be an airborne ranger.

Maddox shared the story of the steps leading to the capture of Hussein in chronological order, only leaving out “little bitty elements” he was asked not to discuss due to the classified nature of these elements.

This same story is encapsulated in his book, “Mission: Blacklist #1,” on which a movie will be based starring Robert Pattinson, who will play Maddox.

“Somebody wants to make a movie about my story – it’s very exciting,” Maddox said.

Maddox said he has already met and gotten to know Pattinson.

“He’s a great guy,” Maddox said. “When they brought his name up to me, I had never heard of him before. I don’t believe in vampire movies and stories. I just didn’t know who he was.”

Maddox said he wore a single blue shirt for months in his search for Hussein, with no other changes of clothes. The shirt has a bigmouth bass embossed on it, Velcro pockets and bloodstains.

“I’ve still got it [the shirt.] I think Rob is gonna wear it in the movie,” Maddox said.

Maddox had to wait five years to tell his story and write the book due to the U.S. government preferring to keep it classified, he said.

“Since then, the United States government wanted me to endorse the movie, and wanted me to say who I am and what I do,” he said.

Maddox also explained what characteristics make good interrogators.

“I love to listen to people talk. If you like to do that too, you possibly might be a good interrogator,” Maddox said. “You also have to be self-critiquing to be a good interrogator – ‘what did I do to screw that up? And what can I do better?’”

Head over to to read the full article and also check out pics & tweets from the night  HERE

PICS & TWEETS: Eric Maddox showered with praise at captivating speaking engagement for @OUCAC

Eric Maddox spoke at the University of Oklahoma last night and saying he was well received is an understatement.

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Eric Maddox at OU

From the Oklahoma Daily:

Sooners learned Wednesday about the incredible impact people can have after leaving OU from a graduate who went on to become the military interrogator responsible for orchestrating the capture of Saddam Hussein.

Eric Maddox explained the process of finding and capturing Saddam Hussein and detailed the dilemmas he faced to about 300 people in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom. The audience ranged from students to faculty to Maddox’s own father.

One student was struck by the thought that someone who walked the same campus as she does went on to have such an impact on the world.

“Seeing someone who went to the same school, walked down the same halls and experienced the same things and then went on and did something great for your country — I think that’s really inspiring,” said Alexis Taitel, international studies junior and president of the Campus Activities Council Speakers’ Bureau, which organized the lecture.

The event included a presentation of colors by the ROTC, a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a question and answer session between Maddox and the audience.

After all he’s been through, Maddox wrapped up the event by saying how important it is that after you graduate you are still a Sooner, and that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

The tweets about the event were filled with awe and respect for the American hero:

Not everyday do you get to meet a real hero. Thank you Eric Maddox for serving our country. #respect #usa
Jordan Maun

So honored to have alumnus like Eric Maddox who have made such an impact on our country #Boomer
Farrah Fahim

Hearing Eric Maddox speak about how he led the main interrogations to find Saddam Hussein was incredible. #impressive #OUAlum
Julie Stark

if you didn’t go listen to Eric Maddox you made a mistake. #CAC
Ali Nutt

So amazing hearing Eric Maddox speak about the capturing of Saddam Hussein and how god influenced him to do it!
Hayley Luckock

Well Eric Maddox is definitely a pretty cool guy. #USmilitary
Melanie Olson

People like Eric Maddox make me proud to be a Sooner! So blown away by his story! Thank you @ Speakers Bureau for an amazing event!
Erin Bret

Thank you @ for such an amazing event tonight! Absolutely LOVED listening to Eric Maddox this evening!
Miranda Konowitz

If you were an OU Intl. Security major and didn’t see Eric Maddox, you missed out….
Lester Asamoah

Had an awesome time hearing the inspiring story of Eric Maddox, lead interrogator of the Saddam Hussein capture and @ alum tonight!
Andrew Roberts

Mind blown from Eric Maddox’s story.
Evan Schlinke

Not much was revealed yet about the film but an official OU twitter shared this:

@ He did! He mentioned meeting Rob pattinson and that he’s honored that someone wants to make a movie out of his story.

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Red Dawn is already associated with a film from 2012 as well as one in the 80s so this seems like a misunderstanding, which the student confirmed. More pictures from tweets and instagram were just as great – Eric with proud Sooners.

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PHOTO: Robert Pattinson and Eric Maddox

Robert Pattinson, who will play Eric Maddox in Mission: Blacklist, photographed with Eric in an undated photo. Mission: Blacklist is rumored to begin filming in April 2013.

Eric Maddox wrote the book Mission Blacklist #1 – his real life story about being a military interrogator which chronicles the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

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Eric Maddox and Robert Pattinson

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Robert Pattinson on Mission: Blacklist: “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone.”

Metro had a chance to speak to Robert Pattinson during Breaking Dawn Part 2 promo and he mentioned Mission: Blacklist. We excerpted the portion with the mentions and bolded the ones specific to MB:

What drives him

As evidenced by recent choices — including David Cronenberg’s challenging “Cosmopolis,” which featured him getting a prostate exam — he’s not afraid of risk. “I signed up for a lot of stuff in the last year. I was really fixated on working with a lot of people who are kind of dangerous,” he says. “The business part of show business has really just taken a big s– on the show aspect of it, and so I think anyone who has any visibility should be trying to do something that is really, really subversive. I think it would be interesting trying to get really subversive stuff into the mainstream. You’re in the cinema not just as a consumer but as a participant.”

It’s that sensibility that led him to sign up for the lead in “Mission: Blacklist,” a film to be made in Iraq next year. “That’s probably out of anybody’s comfort zone,” Pattinson offers of the film, which is based on a true story. “It’s about this guy call Eric Maddox who was an Army interrogator who almost single-handedly found Saddam Hussein. No one really knows the story of it, and the story’s absolutely amazing and kind of hilarious in some ways and bizarre.”

Comfort zones

That project teams Pattinson with French director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire, who used real Liberian child soldiers for his last film. “I think that’s like his thing,” says Pattinson. “I wanted him to be in his comfort zone, so we were both pushing, saying we need to shoot this in Iraq — that’s the whole point.”

You can tell where his passions lie by the fact that, during this interview, the actor talks more about “Mission: Blacklist” than “Twilight.” But promotion for “Breaking Dawn – Part 2″ must be done. The story finds his Edward and Stewart’s Bella protecting their child from killer vampires. It’s already predicted to be the highest-grossing effort in the series. And the actor is busy lining up another high-profile project, lest he lose his ability to get the riskier ones made. “This year I’m thinking I should probably try to do a movie which at least one person will see,” he says, “so I’m trying to figure that out now.”

Click HERE to read the article in its entirety

VIDEO: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire talks about Robert Pattinson, filming in Iraq and Mission: Blacklist

Fantastic interview with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire by Agentinnen.Net. Tons of insight into his work ethic but he starts to talk about Mission: Blacklist, Robert Pattinson and Iraq after around 18:30.

Couple of highlights (via):

  • “My character in Mission: Blacklist is a tough character because it’s not at all what we can imagine from Robert Pattinson or what we know with this guy. It’s going to be very interesting. I’m sure it’s going to be great because he’s really intense.”
  • On Robert: “I know he’s a great actor…I’m really excited to be working with him on this film.”
  • “We’re going to do the set in Iraq. We’re going to work with Eric Maddox. It’s going to be interesting.”
  • He’s going to work with professional Iraqi actors.
  • “To do a good movie, you need to take risks and try to find different ways to do films. Not doing it the same way as everyone is doing it. We have to try and change. Try to imagine some different stuff and different way of working with the actors and shooting the film.”
  • “Going to Iraq for me is really important because it’s going to be so different from shooting there as to shooting in LA in a studio, for example, even for the actors, being there and understanding how it was and meeting the Iraqis. You need to understand the structure and everything. It’s part of the process.”
  • At 24:00, he starts to talk again about his pre-production experience with Mission: Blacklist and the prep work – 5 weeks in Iraq, sleeping in Saddam Hussein’s palace etc.
  • At 26:00 next project is Mission: Blacklist filming next year (we know it’s scheduled for summer 2013)

OFFICIAL: Mission: Blacklist site is updated! Purchase the book and view a trailer for the site!

The official website for the novel, Mission: Black List #1, has been updated for the film, news, Eric Maddox speaking engagements and more!

Screencap of the new and improved website!

  • If you’d like to purchase an autographed copy of the book, click HERE!
  • If you’d like to read more about Eric Maddox, the role Robert Pattinson will play, click HERE!
  • If you’d like to visit the film’s section, visit or the main section for the updated site, visit

Here’s a quick video trailer highlighting Eric Maddox’s story:

INTERVIEW: Robert Pattinson talks Eric Maddox and Mission: Blacklist – “An interesting story”

We know that Mission: Blacklist has been pushed to summer 2013 but before that push back, Robert Pattinson mentioned the film briefly in an interview.

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