Texas Killing Fields gains Mann's daughter
The Texas Killing Fields is to finally be directed by Ami Mann, the daughter of legendary Michael Mann, who is set to produce the film. Both Michael and Danny Boyle were once set to direct the film, but it seemed that it was going to be too difficult to adapt, until now.
The film is based on the murders in Texas where four bodies were found abandoned in the same place on interstate 45 near League City between 1983 and 1991. Two of the bodies still remain unidentified and all of the murders remain unsolved to this day.
The bodies were all those of females who had been sexually assaulted before being murdered, two being shot and two beaten to death, all were lying naked, facing upwards, arms crossed in front of them and laid to rest very close to each other in the same place. Police had suggested that they had been laid there so that the killer could walk between them and view his kills.
Speaking of the film Danny Boyle once said:
"Texas Killing Fields' was a fantastic script, really special script, but it was just so dark it would never get made. You'd have to have half a dozen super megastars for a studio to even consider making it…It's by an ex-cop from Galveston and visually would have been extraordinary, but I don't think that's going to happen."
The story from Pajiba through Total Film tells us that the film will be based on the script written by a Texan police officer, the script that Boyle found difficult to see made into a film, but apparently it will be, and there are now two stars attached.
Sam Worthington and Bradley Cooper are the names attached to star, and it's suddenly sounding like a great project for all those concerned. Ami Mann will really get a big break with this film, while Bradley Cooper is going to be able to break free of the comedy and lighter roles he's being associated with, that is if the film turns out to be as dark as the material and the true life story suggests.
For Sam Worthington it's another great film to increase the diversity of the films he's getting involved with, and helping pull him away a little from the big budget epics he's being associated with.
The Texas Killing Fields sounds a superb project, and the casting an interesting list, but will Ami Mann direct the project? I suspect Michael Mann will be there to support.