Director News: Cooper, Jones, Hill, Polanski

Out of the Furnace
Relativity Media has made a deal with “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper to rewrite and direct dark revenge thriller “Out of the Furnace” which was previously titled “The Low Dweller” reports Deadline.

One of the hot spec scripts of 2008, the story is set in 1986 Indiana about a freshly released con who discovers his brother has been murdered after getting involved in a gambling racket and sets out to avenge it.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Ridley Scott were previously attached to star and direct respectively. Both are now only serving as producers along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan and Brooklyn Weaver.

The Wolverine
“Source Code” and “Moon” director Duncan Jones tells Digital Spy that he’d consider stepping in to direct “The Wolverine” if asked.

“it’s lovely for that rumour to be spreading. I’ve been so busy doing the press for Source Code that I know there’s a lot of meetings and people I have to catch up with when I get back to Los Angeles. Under the right conditions I would love to have the chance to do one of those big films, but I have a lot of projects of my own. That’s my main goal, is to make the films that I write myself” says Jones.

Since the departure of “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky, Jones and “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” director David Slade have both been linked with the role.

Headshot
Sylvester Stallone has officially confirmed (via AICN) that he’s locked Walter Hill to direct the upcoming thriller “Headshot”.

Alessandro Camon (“The Messenger”) penned the cop-thriller which Wayne Kramer was originally slated to direct.

True Crime
Roman Polanski is currently in negotiations to direct “True Crime” for Focus Features, the true story of a Polish novelist who was charged with murder with the help of one of his books reports The Belfast Telegraph.

Based on David Grann’s New Yorker article, the story follows the murder of Dariusz Janiszewski by author Krystian Bala. Bala wrote about the details of his crime in his sado-sexual novel “Amok” and a detective used the contents of the book to catch Bala.

Jeremy Brock is penning the script while Brett Ratner is producing.