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Levinson to Helm "Boone's Lick"

Production Weekly reports that Barry Levinson is signing on to direct "Boone's Lick," adapted from the novel by Larry McMurtry. McMurtry and Diana Ossana will again team to write the screenplay. The two won Academy Awards in 2006 for their adaptation of Annie Proulx's story "Brokeback Mountain."

Currently in negotiations to star: Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore.

"Boone's Lick" is the story of the Cecil family as they journey from Missouri to Wyoming during the 1860s. Family matriarch Mary Margaret (to be played by Moore) leads her brood in search of her erstwhile husband, who vanished in search of work. Hanks would play Seth, her brother-in-law. In their initial review, Publishers Weekly called it "an amusing fable of family strife," but didn't rank it up there with McMurtry's best work. But, you know what?--mediocre Larry McMurtry still beats stuff like "Stealth" any day of the week.

Meanwhile, I just wish somebody would remake "Warlock."

Posted by on February 8, 2007 3:04 PM
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