12 YEARS A SLAVE Director Steve McQueen to Helm Heist Thriller Based off 1980s British TV Miniseries WIDOWS

     November 20, 2014

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A couple days ago, we reported that 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen would be doing a film based on the life of activist Paul Robeson.  It sounded right up McQueen’s alley: It’s a passion project he now has the clout to push forward, it’s about an activist (like his debut feature Hunger), and it deals with racial conflict in America.  McQueen had even done an art instillation in 2012, End Credits, dedicated to Robeson.  It all made sense.

Here’s what makes somewhat less sense: McQueen’s next movie is a heist thriller.  Hit the jump for more.

According to Variety, McQueen will reteam with New Regency to write, direct, and produce a heist thriller based on the 1980s British TV series, Widows.  Per Variety, the story “begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job.”  That is a far cry from McQueen’s other films.

Not that I’m opposed to him making this kind of movie, which sounds far more mainstream than Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a Slave, and a biopic about Paul Robeson.  McQueen is an amazing director, and I’m up for seeing whatever he does.  It’s just an unexpected choice.  Hopefully, we’ll learn more about his take on the material soon.

Here’s the first episode of Widows, which was written by BAFTA-winnder Lynda La Plante (Prime Suspect)

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