Ir’s official, Ang Lee’s next directorial effort following “Life of Pi” will be an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” for TriStar and Film4. Production is set to kick off this Spring says Deadline.
‘Lynn’ follows a 19-year-old soldier whose squad survived an Iraq battle which was captured on embedded news cameras. They are brought home temporarily for a promo tour and will return to fight after a halftime show of a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas. Set during that game, we get flashbacks of what the soldier and his platoon mates went through.
Lee’s next film was to be a Peter Morgan-scripted boxing pic about the Thrilla In Manila, but that project has been pushed back due to budgetary and visual effects concerns.
In other director news, “Anchorman” helmer Adam McKay is attached to direct and Seth Rogen is attached to star in an untitled comedy says THR.
Emmy-winning writer and “House of Lies” regular Ben Schwartz pitched the project which he will co-star in. Gary Sanchez Productions, Point Grey Pictures and Good Universe will develop the film.