Director Kathryn Bigelow Turning Tom Hardy into a 'True American'
Ever since getting snubbed for an Academy Award nomination for Best Director, we haven't heard much about the potential future projects of Kathryn Bigelow. But now the director of Zero Dark Thirty and Point Break is ready to get back behind the camera again as The Wrap reports that Bigelow will direct an adaptation of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, a non-fiction book by Anand Giridharadas that focuses on Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force officer who dreamed of immigrating to America and working in technology. But just a few days after 9/11, he was shot as revenge for the terrorist attacks.
Mark Stroman was the man behind the gun, dubbing himself an "American terrorist," who walked into the Dallas minimart where Bhuiyan was working temporarily and shot him, nearly killing the man along with two other victims who were dead immediately. The book looks at the back story of both men, how they came to encounter one another, and how each of them tries to rebuild their lives after the incident. Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures (who backed Zero Dark Thirty) picked up the package deal for the project that also includes Tom Hardy attached to star in the film.
Knowing what Bigelow did behind the camera for The Hurt Locker, for which she won an Oscar for directing, and for Zero Dark Thirty, this sounds like the perfect film for her to board. And with an actor like Tom Hardy attached to start, this is bound to be an Oscar contender. We're surprised that Bigelow didn't publicly toy with a variety of projects before settling on this one, but it just goes to show you how careful she's being with the films she's considering as a director. It's much more refreshing then reporting on a barrage of projects that she'll just fall away from eventually. Sound good?