Although his last three movies have been collaborations with director Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker / Zero Dark Thirty screenwriter Mark Boal is starting to seek out some new partnerships for his upcoming projects. He has the South American thriller Triple Frontier in the works with J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) plus he also has an TV mini-series about the 2016 U.S. election in development (no director is currently attached as of yet). Now this week we have learned that he is setting up a movie based on the 1993 Waco, Texas siege, a 51 day standoff between the FBI and David Koresh’s right wing religious group known as the Branch Davidians that eventually ended with their compound burning to the ground. Hit the jump for more info.
According to Deadline, Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra has signed on to direct Waco for Annapurna Pictures. The screenplay was written by Mark Boal and Marc Haimes, who most recently penned the Oscar-nominated animated film Kubo and the Two Strings. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison will produce along with Matthew Budman (American Hustle, Joy), Hugo Lindgren and Jon Leven.
Jaume Collet-Serra has made a name for himself directing several mid-range action-thrillers starring Liam Neeson including Unknown, Non-Stop and Run All Night. Most recently he directed the shark thriller The Shallows and he has another Liam Neeson movie coming next year called The Commuter. This is an opportunity to apply his skills to something with a little more dramatic weight and perhaps even earn some awards consideration in the process. Are you interested in seeing a movie about Waco?