Robert Redford Back to Directing Again with The Conspirator
by Alex Billington
August 17, 2009
Even at 72 years old (7 years younger than Clint Eastwood), Robert Redford is still going very strong. THR's Risky Biz Blog announces that Redford will direct the historical drama The Conspirator, the story of Mary Surratt, alleged conspirator of Abraham Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. This will be Redford's eighth film he's directed. The indie production is being produced by Greg Shapiro, Rob and Web Stone and Brian Peter Falk. James Solomon, an exec producer and writer on "The Bronx Is Burning", wrote the script. Producers are out to cast, with James McAvoy said to be at the top of their list for one of the lead roles.
Mary Surratt was a Washington D.C. boardinghouse owner who sympathized with the Confederates. She was allegedly part of the plot to kill Lincoln, supplying Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold weapons at her tavern after the assassin had shot the president at Ford's Theater. She was eventually convicted and sentenced to death by hanging, being the first woman executed by the United States federal government. The period immediately after the Lincoln assassination was considered extremely volatile, with the country on the cusp of again falling into civil war; that period will provide a backdrop to Redford's The Conspirator.
Redford seems like the right guy to take on this story, especially with his acting and directing experience. I'm not usually a fan of period pieces myself, but I'll make an exception for Robert Redford. He is also attached to direct Against All Enemies, but it sounds like The Conspirator will get a greenlight before that.
Reader Feedback - 6 Comments
The Great Waldo Pepper, good times.
Xerxex on Aug 17, 2009
d1rEct on Aug 18, 2009
I'm not going to lie. This movie sounds pretty boring.
carson on Aug 18, 2009
Yea, I agree...sounds quite boring to me too
peloquin on Aug 18, 2009
could be good, robert redford hasnt dissappointed me yet
harrison on Aug 18, 2009
---This flick's about as daring and provocative as vanilla pudding. Redford's been rich, comfortable and stale ---for decades ---and NO amount of empty, predictable PC gesturing can change that ---or even his 30 years out of date hairdo. ----Somebody's believed their own 'iconic' 'stature'. ----yuck
bunyan 10 on Dec 28, 2009
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