Clint Eastwood is looking to direct “The Human Factor,” a quickly brewing drama about how the 1995 Rugby World Cup helped heal post-apartheid race relations in South Africa reports Variety.
Morgan Freeman had already signed on to play Nelson Mandela in “The Human Factor,” Matt Damon is in preliminary talks to play the captain of the Springboks, and Warner Bros. Pictures is in talks to finance and distribute.
Anthony Peckham (“Don’t Say A Word”) adapted John Carlin’s book set right after the fall of apartheid, and after Mandela was released from a long imprisonment and became South African president.
Mandela recognized the significance when South Africa was selected host of the 1995 Rugby World Cup after the team had been barred from even competing since the 1980s because of apartheid. Freeman, Mace Neufeld nad Lori McCreary are producing.