Oliver Stone and Shia LaBeouf Considering Reunion for 'Pinkville'
We haven't heard anything about the Vietnam War drama Pinkville since 2007. Even before the infamous writer's strike stopped the project in its tracks, director Oliver Stone's return to the controversial war already had Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson attached to star. But the extended strike pretty much rendered the project dead in the water and forced Stone to move onto W. which had a completed script ready for production. Now it seems Pinkville might have new life as IGN reports the commentary track for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has Stone and Shia LaBeouf revealing that they have discussed reuniting for the project.
The film is supposed to focus on the 1968 My Lai Massacre, a turning point in the Vietnam War in which upwards of 500 people, mostly women, children and the elderly, were killed by U.S. soldiers who also sexually abused and tortured them beforehand. LaBeouf says his interest in the project stems from the fact that his father was a helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Using that information along with LaBeouf's age and the character descriptions from three years ago, it sounds like the young actor would play Hugh Thompson Jr., an Army helicopter pilot who aided the villagers and later testified against the soldiers responsible for the mass murder. That would mean Channing Tatum, who was originally cast in the role, is likely out of the running, and any news of the wooden actor falling out of any project is good news.
Of course, nothing is set in stone (no pun intended), so it's unclear how soon Pinkville could be revived or if any of the other previous cast talent could still be involved. Honestly though, after Oliver Stone's return to Wall Street resulted in a lukewarm reception, I don't know if a return to Vietnam is so wise. The story certainly sounds interesting, but Platoon will be looming over his shoulder and audiences will certainly use the 1986 Best Picture winner as a point of comparison. In addition, Stone won Best Director at the Academy Awards, so returning to the controversial war seems like a daunting task. What do you think?