Cianfrance To Shoot “Empire of the Summer Moon”

Following “Blue Valentine” and “The Place Beyond The Pines,” filmmaker Derek Cianfrance returns to cinemas this weekend with “The Light Between Oceans”. Now that the film is done and ready for audiences though, the director is turning his attention to his next effort – “Empire Of The Summer Moon”.

The project has been six years in the making. In 2010, “Brokeback Mountain” scribes Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana were said to be penning a drama about Comanche leader Quanah Parker that was based on a book by S.C. Gwynne. At the time Scott Cooper was linked as director, but the project didn’t happen.

Now it seems to have landed at Warner Bros. Pictures and has Cianfrance attached. Speaking with Indiewire, he says he very much plans to make it his next project:

“I have my next script now called ‘Empire Of The Summer Moon,’ which hopefully I’ll be in production on in the spring. [T]hat’ll be like a 100-day production and that’ll be another year editing that. I’ve already spent three years writing that.”

The book is a vivid historical account of the forty-year battle between Comanche Indians and white settlers for control of the American West, specifically focusing on pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

Cianfrance’s “The Light Between Oceans” opens on Friday.