Scott Frank to Write and Direct Adaptation of British Miniseries UNFORGIVEN

     November 8, 2011

Scott Frank (Minority Report) has been tapped to rewrite and helm the feature film adaptation of the British miniseries Unforgiven. Last year, Christopher McQuarrie was set to pen the adaptation, with Angelina Jolie eying the starring role, but now GK Films has brought Frank onto the project. The 2009 miniseries told the story of a woman attempting to rejoin society after serving a 15-year prison sentence for murdering two cops after they came to evict her family from their farmhouse. She plans to live quietly with her troubled younger sister, but she’s soon targeted by two sons of one of her victims on a quest for revenge. Hit the jump for more, including a clip from the miniseries Unforgiven.

Jolie was never formally attached to the project, and her current status is unknown. Deadline reports that a star won’t be chosen until Frank turns in a draft of his rewrite and gets the ball moving. Frank made his directorial debut with 2007’s criminally underrated heist drama The Lookout, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. His adept eye for crafting that crime-centered character drama has me convinced he’s a fine choice to tackle the similarly character-centered Unforgiven. He’s currently working on a number of scripts, including Houdini for director Francis Lawrence, Hell’s Angels for Tony Scott, and A Walk Among the Tombstones for D.J. Caruso.

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