Megan Ellison's Annapurna Pictures is busy in Cannes at the moment, but it has acquired rights to Anand Giridharadas post-9/11 book, "True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas." Tom Hardy is attached to star, and Kathryn Bigelow will direct.
"True American" turns on the true story of Bangladesh Air Force officer Raisuddin Bhuiyan, an immigrant whose dreams of American life are upended when, just after 9/11, a revenge-seeking US citizens shoots and nearly kills him in Dallas. WW Norton & Company published the book earlier this May.
Hardy can currently be seen in his one-man "Locke," a brilliant feat of experimental filmmaking, and coming down the pike this year will be Fox Searchlight's "The Drop" and Summit's "Child 44." The "Max Max" reboot, in which he plays the titular road warrior, is in post, while his role as Elton John in "Rocketman" is just beginning.
Bigelow last directed "Zero Dark Thirty," the controversial Oscar nominee about the search for Osama Bin Landen. Meanwhile, Mark Boal, her writer/producer on both "Thirty" and Best Picture winner "The Hurt Locker," has new production company Page 1 under Annapurna. Will they collaborate again on "True American"? Read our story on Page 1 here.