Scott Cooper to Write & Direct Midwest Thriller 'Out of the Furnace'
by Ethan Anderton
April 12, 2011
The country music centric film Crazy Heart had a homegrown, western feeling to the story and now director Scott Cooper (seen above) is keeping things rural. Today a Relativity Media press release announced the he will write and direct Out of the Furnace, a new thriller that was picked up back in 2008. Set in 1986 Indiana (the state and year of my birth), the story follows a man named Slim who, upon release from years in prison for murder, just wants to keep his promise to marry his girlfriend. However, his path changes when he seeks revenge once he learns his brother was murdered after being involved in a gambling racket.
Formerly known as The Low Dweller, the project originally had the eyes of Leonardo DiCaprio to star and Ridley Scott to direct. Rupert Sanders was even said to be at the helm sometime later. Obviously Cooper is in the director's chair now, but Scott will still produce. Meanwhile DiCaprio isn't starring in the film anymore, he'll still produce by way of his Appian Way production banner. The script came from Brad Ingelsby, a guy who came out of nowhere while living with his parents and working for his father's insurance company. Now Cooper will rewrite the script for his take on the project. Word is the script is akin to No Country for Old Men, so that means Out of the Furnace definitely has my attention. How about you?