‘Brokeback’ Duo Pen Two Further Westerns

“Brokeback Mountain” scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana are teaming for two major Western feature films for Scott Free according to Deadline.

The pair are presently working on “The Color of Lightning” at 20th Century Fox. An adaptation of the Paulette Jiles book, the story follows a freed slave who moves his wife and three children to Texas. When he’s away, a raiding party of Comanche and Kiowa kill his oldest son and take his family captive so the slave spends a winter plotting revenge. Ridley Scott will direct.

The pair are also negotiating with Warner Bros. Pictures to adapt S. C. Gwynne’s novel “Empire of the Summer Moon” which Scott Cooper (“Crazy Heart”) will direct. The epic deals with the great Comanche warrior Quanah, who held the westward expansion of settlers at bay for four decades and led to the formation of the Texas Rangers.