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Todd Field To Co-Write Political Thriller 'As It Happens' With Joan Didion

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 11, 2012 9:12 AM
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News about writer/director Todd Field generally comes in fits and stars, but when it does arrive, it's usually pretty exciting. Earlier this month, his long-developing "The Creed of Violence" got a big boost when Christian Bale stepped into the lead role, and now comes another intriguing project, although it's not one he'll direct (for now).

Field is teaming up with acclaimed author and essayist Joan Didion to write the political thriller "As It Happens." Jennifer Fox ("The Bourne Legacy," "We Need To Talk About Kevin," "Michael Clayton") will co-produce the project with Field, but it's Didion that truly has us intrigued. While she has dipped her toes into screenwriting, the bulk of it came in the '70s ("The Panic In Needle Park," "A Star Is Born" and an adaptation of her own novel "Play It As It Lays") and her last produced screenplay was 1996's "Up Close and Personal." She's a remarkable, well-respected writer and teaming with Field on a movie is a pretty exciting development.

There is no director attached at the moment, but considering Field is yet to write something he hasn't directed, we presume he'll be looking at this for himself. And even if not, we'll be eager to see the results. [IOTG]

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  • Real | August 11, 2012 10:27 PMReply

    Wow! Super excited for this! Can't wait until we get more details.

  • bruckey | August 11, 2012 11:44 AMReply

    so does this mean Blood Meridian is truly dead ?

  • Oogle monster | August 11, 2012 10:18 AMReply

    The English major in me is having a WILD moment right now. Wow, this could not be better news. Just attach Bale and Chastain/Theron as leads, and I can die happy.

  • Glass | August 11, 2012 9:25 AMReply

    Psyched on Joan Didion screenwriting, but get this guy back in a director's chair STAT

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