Chilean director behind Jackie, Neruda boards post-9/11 project.

Pablo Larrain on the set of Neruda

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.

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