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Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone to star in WACO

James Wallace

by: James Wallace
April 21st, 2010

Director Rupert Wainwright (THE FOG, STIGMATA) will revisit the tragic events of 1993 that occurred in the rural town of Waco, Texas when the ATF advanced on cult leader David Koresh's compound, resulting in a 51 day siege and the death of 82 compound members and 4 federal agents.

WACO was co-written by Wainwright, along with award-winning investigative journalist James Hibberd. Michael McNulty, who wrote the Emmy-winning and Academy Award-nominated documentary WACO: THE RULES OF ENGAGEMENT and produced the documentary WACO: A NEW REVELATION, will serve as a consultant on the project.

Production Weekly is reporting that Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone are already attached to what is being referred to as "the first narrative feature film to explore the events of the ATF raid on Mt. Carmel, TX, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians." There have been a few made-for-TV narratives, including AMBUSH IN WACO: IN THE LINE OF DUTY starring Tim Daly (The Nine).

WACO is said to be a multi-layered narrative, cutting between "ATF special agents, FBI Negotiators, the Davidians on the inside, the tactical Hostage Rescue Team leaders, and the political machinations in Washington DC."

For those of us that grew up in Texas, the Branch Davidian siege is still something that hits very close to home and has forever marked the town of Waco. If you are familiar with said events, then you know that it is still a widely debated case, with arguments on both sides in respect to who made the first assault and who ultimately started the fire that burned down the compound, subsequently claiming the lives of so many, including Koresh himself. It will be extremely interesting to see said events materialized on film and told from the various view points of both sides.

Source Rupert Wainwright's Official Website

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