Christopher McQuarrie Adapting UK Miniseries 'Unforgiven' to Film
by Ethan Anderton
June 26, 2013
Though Tom Cruise is confirmed for Mission: Impossible 5, we're still not certain if Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) will direct the spy sequel. Now another project has come along that McQuarrie has been circling for a few years. Deadline has word that the Usual Suspects writer has signed on to write direct and produce an adaptation of the UK miniseries Unforgiven, with Graham King's GK Films also on board as a producer. This comes after McQuarrie was once on board to write the film after King picked up the property in 2010, but ultimately moved on to direct Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise instead. Read on!
The story follows a woman as she rejoins society after serving a 15-year jail sentence for murdering two policemen when they came to evict her family from their farmhouse. Upon her release from prison she faces the daunting task of rebuilding her life while continuing to be haunted by the ghosts of her past, as two sons from one of her victims plot their revenge. Angelina Jolie was once in line to star, but it sounds like the project is starting from scratch again. The project is a priority for McQuarrie, so we'll see if it gets in the way of his directing Mission: Impossible 5 or not. The writer and director was also recently linked to Warner Bros. remake of Ice Station Zebra, so stay tuned to see how this all plays out.
Does the movie focus on a broken justice system that fails in its duty to society and lets someone who killed two cops out of prison? That's the only possible way this would be interesting.
EK on Jun 26, 2013
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