Ang Lee Next Directing 'Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk' for TriStar
Director Ang Lee never seems to surprise me with the kind of films that he takes on. He's taken on some rather eclectic films from Life of Pi most recently to Taking Woodstock, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Lust Caution and even the less than stellar adaptation of Hulk. He was expected to take on a boxing drama that was going to be shot in 3D, but it's taking awhile to get the budget, visual effects team and whatnot together, so Deadline reports he's taking on an adaptation of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, a book by Ben Fountain that focuses on the heroic survivors of a battle in the Iraq War.
More specifically, the story follows a 19-year old soldier whose squad survived a battle that was captured on embedded news cameras, making them instant heroes back home. So Lynn and his team get brought back to the United States for a brief promotional tour that will last up until the halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas. The tour unfolds with flashbacks to what Lynn and his squad dealt with in war.
Sounds like an interesting frame for a war that we've already seen covered extensively on the big screen, and with a script from Oscar winner Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire), I'm very interested to see what Lee does with the story. The film is set up at the revived TriStar Pictures headed up by Tom Rothman who says, "Ang Lee is constitutionally incapable of repeating himself. His very DNA requires him to always find new challenges. ‘More of the same’ may be the film fashion these days, but thankfully not for this exceptional artist." Can't disagree with him there. Sound good?