Variety reports that Madeleine Stowe’s (Bad Girls, The General’s Daughter) period drama Unbound Captives is ready to go.
Starring Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson Unbound Captives will mark Stowe’s directorial debut and is based on an original script she wrote. Gil Netter and Grant Hill will produce along side Ashok Amritraj’s Hyde Park Entertainment.
Stowe originaly wrote the script in conjunction with her husband Brian Benben in 1993 (under the pseudonym O.C. Humphrey) as a star vehicle for herself. Fox offered her $3 million and then later $5 million for the property, with Ridley Scott set to direct and Russell Crowe to star, but she refused both offers because there was no guarantee that she would get anything more than a screenwriter credit, deciding instead to helm the piece herself. The offer represented one of the highest sums ever offered to a new writer
The movie concerns a woman (written for Stowe, now to be played by Weisz) whose husband is killed and her two children kidnapped by a Comanche war party in 1859. She is rescued by a frontiersman, to be played by Jackman. Pattinson is set to play the son.
The movie is scheduled to begin shooting at the end of the year.