Orlando Bloom and Djimon Hounsou Will Lead Adaptation of 'Zulu'
By now, hopefully most of you have forgotten about the abysmal film The Tourist despite the drawing power of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp. However, audiences should seek out and remember Anthony Zimmer, the French film from director Jerome Salle that inspired the insipid American remake. Now Salle has found his next project and it comes in the form of another adaptation, this time from Caryl Férey's novel Zulu. In addition, Screen Daily (via The Playlist) also reports that Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean) and Djimon Housou (Blood Diamond, Gladiator) will star in the adaptation.
The story follows two Cape Town police officers (played by the aforementioned actors)who investigate the murder of a 18 year-old girl who just happens to be the daughter of one of the players from the championship winning Springboks rugby team, bringing an insane amount of media attention to the case. As with any good thriller, there's more going on than there seems as the trail leads the cops to an extraordinarily brutal narcotics gang with links to a former apartheid official. Frankly, it sounds like the best project Bloom has done in years. Hell, the same could probably be said for Hounsou, an actor with loads of talent who hasn't really found the right film in awhile. Writer Julien Rappenau, who scripted Salle's films Largo Winch and The Burma Conspiracy will adapt the book, and it sounds like a very promising thriller from where I'm standing. It certainly can't be any worse than The Tourist.