Bradley Cooper and Sam Worthington Join Texas Killing Fields?
Way back in February after Danny Boyle took home the Academy Award for Best Director for his work on Slumdog Millionaire, the filmmaker was considering a whole slew of different projects to be his next. One that he mentioned, The Texas Killing Fields, is finally moving forward, but without Boyle attached, as Pajiba reveals they have inside info saying that Bradley Cooper and Sam Worthington are attached to the film that is being produced by Michael Mann who has apparently passed on directing responsibilities to his daughter Ami Mann. Sure, great, but when my dad gives me a movie it's usually just on DVD.
The news is somewhat surprising considering Boyle thought the film just wasn't appealing to studios:
"Texas Killing Fields was a fantastic script, really special script, but it was just so dark it would never get made. You’d have to have half a dozen super megastars for a studio to even consider making it. It’s by an ex-cop from Galveston and visually would have been extraordinary, but I don’t think that’s going to happen."
Though little is know about the script itself, the story is about two cops who realize that the latest murder in their jurisdiction connects their case to the notorious killing fields murders - a series of killings where four bodies were found in the same place in Texas along I-45 near Calder Road in League City. Two of the bodies are still unidentified, and all four murders remain unsolved. That's definitely more than a little creepy, but it sounds like there might be more to the script if Boyle thought it was so dark that it would be unmarketable.
Apparently Michael Mann felt otherwise, but it's somewhat worrisome that his daughter Ami only has two credits to her name: second unit director on her father's film Heat and a long in-development flick called Racing the Monsoon. With two of the biggest breakout stars of 2009 (Bradley Cooper from The Hangover, and Sam Worthington from Terminator Salvation and Avatar) why would anyone trust in Ami Mann to bring this to the screen? Maybe she has an impressive demo reel. Anyway, there's a chance that this won't happen since there isn't any official word yet, but we'll keep our eyes peeled for more news on this project.