Oliver Stone bringing back PINKVILLE?
While much attention was given to the TV side of the 2007 Writers' Strike, one of the film projects that ultimately found its death blow in that very event may have finally gotten a second wind.
Here’s a refresher. Back in 2007, prior to the Writers' Strike, Oliver Stone was set to helm a long talked-about My Lai Massacre film, entitled PINKVILLE. The film was set to star a massive cast, including Bruce Willis, Woody Harrelson, Michael Pena, and the hunky duo of Channing Tatum and Cam Gigandet. However, when the strike hit, the film fell victim to United Artists closing down production during the 11th hour.
However, during a commentary for WALL STREET: MONEY NEVER SLEEPS (via The Playlist), Stone reveals that apparently he and actor Shia LaBeouf have not only discussed joining forces again for a new project, but that that very project would be this shelved film. LaBeouf would be cast in the lead role, and would be a bit of a passion piece for the actor, whose own father was a pilot during the Vietnam War.
PINKVILLE has been a passion piece for the filmmaker as well, as it’s one of the projects that often gets talked about when discussing the great projects that never happened. The film would have one hell of a road to drive, as it needs to basically start from scratch, with a new cast, financing, crews, and would be a bit of a ways off. However, stranger things have happened. Remember, we all thought John Hillcoat’s THE PROMISED LAND was dead, and now it’s moving right along. Hopefully this one does the same, because this could be quite a special little project.
It’s also a project that would be treading paved ground for the filmmaker. For those who may not know, the My Lai Massacre was perpetrated by a unit of the U.S. Army, who massacred a group of unarmed citizens in South Vietnam on March 16, 1968. This would be just the antagonistic piece of narrative that would fit Stone’s style. Toss in a story about a U.S. pilot stopping the slaughter, and you have the makings of a true Oliver Stone film.
What do you think?