Doug Liman adapting the novel “The Last of the Tribe”
Believe it or not, there are still some indigenous tribes that have remained sheltered from the outside world, wholly unaware of the political climate and technological innovations that we live with every day. In an age where even the Dalai Lama has a Twitter page, this level of isolation is somewhat miraculous. They don't have iPads and would probably use one as a washboard if they did.
The Amazon is sill home to some of these tribes, but in 1996, cultural archaeologists discovered something that until then was simply unheard of - a one man tribe. They vowed to protect the lone Indian at all costs.
Washington Post South American correspondent Monte Reel documented this amazing story in his book The Last of the Tribe: The Epic Quest to Save a Lone Man in the Amazon, and now it looks as if director Doug Liman (SWINGERS, GO, MR. AND MRS. SMITH) is taking that story to the big screen.
The effort to protect this man lasted over ten years and encountered countless obstacles. For Liman to adapt such an epic cultural tale, he's going to have to explore new territory himself. Given his previous efforts, he does not seem like the obvious choice, which is why this project interests me more than it might normally. When a director has something to prove, the end product usually benefits. If done right, this could be one helluva movie.