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Barry Levinson To Direct Oklahoma City Bombing Movie 'O.K.C.'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist March 3, 2011 at 3:16AM

You gotta give up it up for Barry Levinson. While the track record has been mixed, it's certainly been interesting, as the famed director has mixed it up quite a bit with his last few films, moving from comedy in "Man Of The Year" to pointed satire in "What Just Happened," tossing in a documentary with the political flick "Poliwood" and last year, his true story pic "You Don't Know Jack" scored a staggering fifteen Emmy nominations, with Al Pacino pocketing a win. Not too bad. Now the director is set to shift gears again, for another true life tale on a much grander scale.
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You gotta give up it up for Barry Levinson. While the track record has been mixed, it's certainly been interesting, as the famed director has mixed it up quite a bit with his last few films, moving from comedy in "Man Of The Year" to pointed satire in "What Just Happened," tossing in a documentary with the political flick "Poliwood" and last year, his true story pic "You Don't Know Jack" scored a staggering fifteen Emmy nominations, with Al Pacino pocketing a win. Not too bad. Now the director is set to shift gears again, for another true life tale on a much grander scale.

Deadline reports that Levinson will tackle "O.K.C." a film about the devastating home grown terror attack in 1995. The screenplay by first timer Clay Wold will center on his own brother who acted as a file clerk on the defense team for bomber Timothy McVeigh, and pushed hard to expose a larger truth about the events. We hope to hell this isn't some wacky conspiracy theory film.

The project is on a fast track with Wold expected to turn in another draft of the screenplay next week, and we'd wager if it all looks good, this could mount later this year. For whatever reason, American audiences seem to love seeing their national tragedies up on the big screen -- for better or (and more often than not) for worse -- so we'll just have to see how this pans out.

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