Kathryn Bigelow to Direct THE TRUE AMERICAN; Tom Hardy to Star

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After a bidding war, Annapurna Pictures has picked up the screen rights to The True American: Murder and MercyKathryn Bigelow is on board to direct and produce—after working with Annapurna on Zero Dark Thirty—and Tom Hardy is set to star.  In The True American, author Anand Giridharadas recounts the fascinating true story of Bangladeshi immigrant Raisuddin Bhuiyan and American Mark Stroman.  Self-described “American terrorist” Stroman acted out revenge for the 9/11 attacks with a gas station shooting where he maimed Bhuiyan and killed two others.  Ten years later, Bhuiyan decides he must again meet Stroman face to face to find closure, and ends up fighting the Texas state government to save Stroman from the death penalty.

No writer is attached at this time, but I imagine Bigelow will reach out to Mark Boal, who wrote The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty, and the stalled Bigelow project Triple Frontier.  The book synopsis mentions Stroman “striving on Death Row to become a better man,” which gives Hardy (who I presume is playing Stroman) a redemption arc to play.  I am curious to see who they cast as Bhuiyan.  See the press release for more after the jump.

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ANNAPURNA AND KATHRYN BIGELOW RETEAM ON FILM BASED ON NON-FICTION BOOK THE TRUE AMERICAN

TOM HARDY SET TO STAR

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 14, 2014) – Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow and Annapurna Pictures have reteamed on a film based on the non-fiction book THE TRUE AMERICAN by NEW YORK TIMES journalist Anand Giridharadas. Tom Hardy is set to star. Bigelow will direct and produce the film through her production shingle, First Light. Annapurna’s Megan Ellison, who previously worked with Bigelow as a producer on ZERO DARK THIRTY, is set to produce. Annapurna’s Matthew Budman, who co-produced ZERO DARK THIRTY, will serve as Executive Producer.

THE TRUE AMERICAN meticulously reconstructs two lives that collided in horrific fashion. In the charged, angry days after 9/11, self-styled “American Terrorist” Mark Stroman murdered two immigrants in Texas, while a third man survived being shot in the head during Stroman’s spree: Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladesh Air Force veteran, was working at a Dallas-area convenience store as he established himself in America.

With Stroman identified and apprehended, the tale begins its tack toward deeper emotional waters. THE TRUE AMERICAN is a richly detailed, affecting account of two men bound, as it turns out, by more than just an act of violence.

The deal was brokered by Annapurna’s Paul Hanson and Christopher Corabi with CAA, which represents Rais Uddin Bhuiyan and Anand Giridharadas, as well as Bigelow and Hardy. Anand is represented for publishing by Katherine Flynn at Kneerim Williams and Bloom. Bigelow’s attorney is Warren Dern of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern; Hardy is represented by Lindy King at United Agents in the U.K. and attorney Jason Sloane of Sloane Offer Weber & Dern.




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  • Redjester

    I’m a big fan of Bigelow’s films, but you’d think she wouldn’t want to pigeon hole herself into only making a specific type of movie. Even directors can get typecast.

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    • bidi

      yes all of her movies have an American slant to them, but this sounds different. i’m sure this would open with the shooting spree, then maybe show flashbacks and flash forwards to the way these two men have tried to bounce back after the incident. either way i’m not that big of a Bigelow fan. mostly because i HATE shaky cam

  • The Flobbit

    This sounds like the dark, edgy role that Tom Hardy thrives on. Bring it on!

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  • Person

    I can almost guarantee they’ll cast Irrfan Khan for Bhuiyan. I’d be shocked if he didn’t at least get a phone call.

    • bidi

      solid actor. wouldn’t be upset about that. but how about Naveen Andrews?

  • The Destroyer

    I remember reading an article about this, and feeling like it would make a good film. I really hope that it will be able to show case Hardy’s talent, as alot of people see him as Bane with a weird voice.

    • rick

      I thought that Hardy would hit it big after TDKR, but he hasn’t quite yet. He has been in good movies, though, just not anything commercially big.

    • rick

      I thought that Hardy would hit it big after TDKR, but he hasn’t quite yet. He has been in good movies, though, just not anything commercially big.

  • The Destroyer

    I remember reading an article about this, and feeling like it would make a good film. I really hope that it will be able to show case Hardy’s talent, as alot of people see him as Bane with a weird voice.

  • Bo

    I don’t know about this. I like Hardy. He’s one of the best actor’s to come down the pipeline in a very long time. But Bigelow…just can’t abide her stuff. Never have been able to. From that first thing with motorcycles and Willam Defore thru Zero. I know I’m going to get taken to task for the following, and probably deservedly so, none-the-less, I find Bigelow just some chick, smart perhaps, making films about men, guys, at war and how they feel and interact when she’s never been there and never will. She hasn’t a clue about the inner lives of men, especially men at war. All her work reeks of artifice to me…I hated, hated The Hurt Locker. It was so contrived and false. This coming from me, an old army Drill Sgt., so I kinda know what I’m talkin’ about here. She knows how to make a movie, I’ll give her that…where to put the camera, how to edit her footage together to adhere to a making sense story…but there is always something lacking for me…some authenticity…I just haven’t been able to believe her stuff or been able to take her seriously. It would be like Scorsecee making a film about women at a Tupperware party….lol…sorry, I know…I’m bad…I’m a bad, bad man. Ok…take out your hammer and nails…I lay upon the wooden cross ready for it…lol…

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