Barry Levinson is negotiating to direct “Boone’s Lick,” an adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s 19th century American West novel, scripted by the author and Diana Ossana (“Brokeback Mountain”) says Production Weekly.
Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore are attached to play the leads. The novel follows the Cecil family’s arduous journey by riverboat and wagon from Boone’s Lick, Missouri, to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming so matriach Mary Margaret can tell her elusive husband she’s leaving him.
They encounter grizzly bears, stormy weather, and hostile Indians as they go. A barefooted priest named Father Villy, and a Snake Indian named Charlie Seven Days join in their travels.
Location scouting has begun in Wyoming, with production scheduled to begin late summer.