Warner Bros. Takes 'The Road Home' for Leo DiCaprio & Scott Cooper
by Ethan Anderton
February 21, 2013
Though Leonardo DiCaprio hasn't starred in a film from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper, the two have already collaborated on the Christian Bale led drama Out of the Furnace, which the actor produced through his Appian Way production banner along with Scott Free. Now the two will have the chance to make a film together as director and actor as Deadline reports Warner Bros. has picked up the rights Michael Armour's forthcoming novel The Road Home for Cooper to write, direct and produce with DiCaprio potentially taking the lead role and also producing. DiCaprio has been quite busy as a producer as of late.
In addition to producing his own films like the forthcoming The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio has also had a hand in films like The Ides of March and Red Riding Hood. However, DiCapario did recently say that he was taking a long break from acting after the aforementioned Martin Scorsese financial drama, so this film might be a few years away still. After all, the novel hasn't been published yet, and the rights have just been purchased, so it's not going to get off the ground right away. Cooper isn't one to rush his productions. Hell, we visited the set of Out of the Furnace last year, and we're not even sure when it's getting released.
The book is a Depression-era drama that focuses on Creek, a war-scarred rancher on the Central California coast who finds himself entangled in scandal when he is asked to investigate the brutal murder of a local man, a case that local police have swept under the rug. Sounds like an intriguing story for a period drama. But of course, it's still pretty early to start getting excited for a film like this, especially since there's a chance that either on of these talents could fall away from the project before it gets in front of a camera. Still, the prospect of Cooper teaming with DiCaprio is quite enticing. Stay tuned.