Madeline Stowe directing Jackman and Weisz
Madeline Stowe is about to make her directorial début from a script that she also wrote, what' more exciting about her first performance is that she's managed to secure the talents of Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson.
Stowe's film is called Unbound Captives and is set in 1859 in America, the wild west, and I'm already on board after reading the story.
It follows a woman whose husband and her children are kidnapped by a Comanche war party (not really a party you know, but much more serious). She was rescued by a frontiersman.
Variety has some amazing news about the story, first is that Madeline Stowe was offered some US $3 million for the script in 1993 and later $5 million, but she turned the offers down and held onto it, originally she had hoped to take the lead role for herself when she wrote it, but now she wants to direct it and pass the lead to Rachel Weisz. Hugh Jackman will play the frontiersman and Robert Pattinson will play the kidnapped son.
Speaking about the offer, Madeline Stowe said:
“There was never a moment's hesitation on my part, but it felt unreal, and I can remember my husband putting a finger across his neck to signal not to take the offer...Gil made me realize it when he said there isn't anyone who's going to make the movie you want to make...”
She also spoke about the casting and how that came about.
“I saw three actresses, and knew after meeting with Rachel that she was the person I wanted to hand this role to...Robert said yes last fall, before everything broke with 'Twilight.' Hugh said yes a couple of weeks ago.”
You know while the story doesn't sound new, it does have promise with these names on board and the way that Stowe has really fought for the script. I do hope that she can pull it off and that the film offers us something more than the standard fare. The title alone suggests something a little different.