Chilean director behind Jackie, Neruda boards post-9/11 project.
Pablo Larraín is attached to direct The True American for Annapurna Pictures as the company continues to ramp up operations.
The project will be based on Anand Giridharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder And Mercy In Texas that takes place in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
The Texas-set story centres on Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants.
The Dallas-area convenience store worker lost sight in one of his eyes and lobbied unsuccessfully to have his attacker, self-styled ‘Arab slayer’ Mark Stroman, spared from execution.
Annapurna chief Megan Ellison, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Budman and Juan de Dios Larraín will produce.
- Sony has closed a deal for Catherine Hardwicke to direct the English-language remake of 2011 Mexican crime drama and Un Certain Regard selection Miss Bala. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will adapt the story of a young woman who gets caught up with the CIA, the DEA and a local crime boss after her friend goes missing in Tijuana. Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz will produce and Andy Berman serves as executive producer.