Tommy Lee Jones to Write, Direct, Produce & Lead 'The Homesman'
Sometime, people take a box office success story like The Avengers getting over $200 million in its opening weekend and gripe about how indie films don't get that kind of attention and deserve that kind of success. If that were the case, then people would see indie films just as much, simply because they are good films. Guess what? That actually happens, and the success of The Avengers means audiences will likely get a greater chance to see director Joss Whedon's Much Ado About Nothing. Now the same can be said for Men in Black III star Tommy Lee Jones who is likely using his blockbuster paycheck to get his own film going.
Variety has word that Tommy Lee Jones will be writing, directing, producing and starring in The Homesman, a period drama about a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man (Jones) who usher three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving the elements along the way. See, that's the kind of film that won't get made if blockbusters don't do well at the box office or if actors don't sign on to star in them. Obviously it's harder to justify when a particular blockbuster is a piece of garbage, but if a film like The Avengers (and hopefully Men in Black III) can entertain critics and audiences to great praise, and indies get a little support because of it, then there's nothing to complain about.
Previously Jones directed the made-for-TV movie The Good Old Boys back in 1995, but he's also helmed the feature film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada and the HBO film The Sunset Limited. Of course, this will be the first time he'll be taking on four different hats behind the scenes. This will be a good year for Jones as he stars in Men in Black III, the romantic comedy Hope Springs and Steven Spielberg's long-awaited biopic Lincoln. He's one of my favorite older actors working today, and I'm eager to see what he does with this much control over his own feature film