U.S. author and screenwriter Dennis Lehane (“Mystic River,” “Shutter Island”) is attached to write the screenplay for the young-targeted western “Colt” which has Stefano Sollima (“Sicario: Day of the Soldado”) set to direct.
The English-language project is based on a Sergio Leone concept and while the concept was developed by Italians, Sollima says: “if you want to shoot the film in English, the next step was to find a great American writer who can make the characters talk and live in a reality that is clearly different from our own.”
Originally conceived as a TV series, a gun becomes a narrative device as it is passed from owner to owner throughout the Old West. Sollima calls it a coming-of-age story of three young teenagers who, as orphans, come into possession of this weapon and for a whole host of reasons become criminals
Leone’s children, Raffaella and Andrea, are producing. The plan is to go into pre-production next summer and start shooting in Canada in the winter of 2020.