Noyce Still Intent On Playing “Dirt Music”

Out doing the promotional rounds for “Salt”, director Philip Noyce tells KCRW’s The Treatment that his long-gestating film adaptation of Tim Winton’s Booker Prize winning novel “Dirt Music” could be his next project.

Noyce confirmed some several year old rumors that Russell Crowe would play the male lead – a grieving country musician-turned-poacher in Western Australia who begins a relationship with a neighbour.

Crowe has also been preparing music for the film, Noyce saying “Russell has been preparing for it for a number of years. He’s written and recorded a number of songs that’ll be in the movie. In fact he’s going on tour later this year with his band and people around America will be able to hear a lot of the songs well in advance of the movie coming out.”

Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz and the late Heath Ledger were also linked to the project at one point or another in the past. Funding is still being assembled with a 2011 shoot apparently on the cards.