Todd Field Adapting the Western Epic 'Creed of Violence'
by Alex Billington
June 2, 2009
Actor-turned-filmmaker Todd Field last directed the drama Little Children in 2006, a film which I revisited recently and was still impressed by. Variety announces today that Field will next be adapting the forthcoming Boston Teran novel The Creed of Violence, a western epic set in 1910. Field is currently only writing the screenplay, but he is selective about assignments and rarely scripts projects that he doesn't direct. Michael De Luca will produce this adaptation. Field is also attached to the adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian, but that has been stuck in development, so I'm not sure which we'll see first.
The novel, which won't be out on bookshelves until November, is about two men - a desperado and a government agent with a secret connection to him - who try to thwart an arms smuggling ring. Boston Teran's other novel, God Is a Bullet, is already being adapted by Ehren Kruger. Todd Field's first film was In the Bedroom in 2001 and Little Children was his follow-up. It'll be interesting to see him explore the western genre, I just hope it's not as bland as Ed Harris' Appaloosa. It sounds like a good story and I'm hoping for something thrilling, like 3:10 to Yuma, if I have to reference a modern day western recently.