This is a story that I’ve been looking into for the last two weeks – but it looks like someone scooped us!
Cult legend Kurt Russell, Sharon Stone and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody are set to star in Waco. The film will detail the David Koresh siege in Waco, Texas in 1993. The project is set to be directed by Rupert Wainwright, the director of Stigmata and the remake of The Fog.
According to Rupert Wainwright’s site:
“WACO will be the first narrative feature film to explore the events of the ATF raid on Mt. Carmel, TX, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians. The movie cuts between ATF special agents, FBI Negotiators, the Davidians on the inside, the tactical Hostage Rescue Team leaders, and the political machinations in Washington DC.”
Several weeks ago I found out a few details about this project and tried to dig about to see if I could find out who the stars were playing in the film. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to uncover any other details – which at this point would appear to be a shame, because now it seems that Production Weekly has gotten the scoop (even though all this info was available online for weeks).
However, that is the way Internet film journalism works, so you have to roll with the punches.
Wainwright’s site also reveals that:
“Expert and detailed research for the film was provide by Consultant Michael McNulty, who won an Emmy and was nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for his documentary, Waco: The Rules of Engagement. He has produced two additional films on the Waco incident, as well as given expert testimony in front of Congress based on his research.”
Wainwright co-wrote the script for the film with award-winning investigative journalist James Hibberd.
This film is bound to be controversial – it has already caused quite a ruckus, as Texas Film Commission Director Bob Hudgins denied film incentive money to the producers of Waco (which has a proposed $30 million budget) last year. Apparently, Hudgins made the decision after “reviewing the script and talking with journalists and law enforcement people involved in the incident.”
It looks like there might be something in there that hits a political and/or religious nerve. The real Waco event gripped America and the rest of the world back in 1993, and if the film has a third of that tension, then it should be gripping stuff. It’ll be interesting to see if Wainright can pull this off, as his previous films seem to lack subtlety (as well a quality). At least with Russell on board it’ll be worth watching.
Screen Rant will have more on Waco when we get it.
Source: Production Weekly and Rupert Wainwright
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