Cults are always bad news, but they do make great subjects for movies, which is why I’m kind of looking forward to the recently announced movie Waco. As you can probably guess, the movie is based on the 1993 Waco Massacre, which started with an attempted raid on a compound near Waco, Texas that housed David Koresh and his followers, and ended 51 days later with the entire place going up in flames, killing 76 people. The subject was previously covered in the documentary Waco: The Rules of Engagement, and producer Mike McNulty is returning to co-produce this project as well.
The thing that has me worried, however, is the fact that Rupert Wainwright, director of Stigmata and The Fog, has signed on to direct. Those two previous films alone are enough to keep me away from just about anything else this guy might touch, even if the subject matter is compelling. It sounds like the production will be fairly small by Hollywood standards, with a budget of approximately $30 million. For the time being, I’m playing this one by ear. Who do you think should play David Koresh?