Way back in February, MTV News interviewed Danny Boyle about the projects he was considering post-Slumdog Millionaire, and one of the scripts he was mulling over was a movie called, The Texas Killing Fields.
Texas Killing Fields’ was a fantastic script, really special script, but it was just so dark it would never get made. You’d have to have half a dozen super megastars for a studio to even consider making it,” Boyle said of the project. “It’s by an ex-cop from Galveston and visually would have been extraordinary, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.
Well, it looks like they may have found their super mega-stars. Unfortunately, according to our inside source, The Hollywood Cog, Danny Boyle is no longer attached to the project.
instead, the project — which is being produced by Michael Mann, who was once himself attached to direct — has fallen into the lap of Ami Mann, Michael’s daughter. whose only notable experience was as the second unit director on Heat and a long in-development and probably dead, Racing the Monsoon (which at one time had Michael Douglas attached).
Ami Mann’s inexperience is noteworthy here, I would think, because of the two stars now attached to the project, two of the biggest actors in Hollywood this year: The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper and Avatar’s Sam Worthington. It’s not quite half-a-dozen megastars, but it’s a pretty solid star, and certainly enough to make me interested in the project.
Little is known about the script, except that it’s about two cops who realize that the latest murder in their jurisdiction connects their case to the notorious killing fields murders. The killing field murders concern four bodies that were found in the same place in Texas — along Interstate 45 near Calder Road in League City. Two of the bodies are still unidentified, and all four murders remain unsolved. I suspect the script is a fictional account inspired by those murders, and it certainly does sound dark. But with Cooper and Worthington attached, it should have no problem moving ahead.