SALT LAKE CITY -- The strange tale of a Utah Marine corporal charged with desertion after allegedly faking his own kidnapping in Iraq may be told in a television movie after all.
But it may not have input from the Marine, Wassef Ali Hassoun, or his family.
Los Angeles-based publicist Michael Sands worked with the family in 2005 on book and movie deals to clear Hassoun's name.
Those deals fell apart.
Now Sands tells The Associated Press he'll tell the story on his own.
"The Deserter" is a TV movie by Sands and former FBI agent Bob Hamer. It chronicles the Hassoun story and Sands' role trying to help the family.
Hassoun was twice charged with desertion after disappearing in 2004 from Camp Fallujah in Iraq and in 2005 from Camp Lejeune, N.C.