18 Sep – Though Ang Lee was previously announced to direct a 3-D boxing movie concerning the historical 1975's Thrilla in Manila boxing match, it was recently rumoured that the Oscar-winning director may be setting aside the project to helm an adaptation of Ben Fountain's book, "Bill Lynn's Long Halftime Walk".
As reported on Cinema Blend, the Taiwan-born director is being considered by Film4 and The Ink Factory to direct the movie, which has been adapted by "Slumdog Millionaire" screenwriter, Simon Beaufoy.
As to Ang Lee's boxing flick, sources revealed that it has been postponed for the time being due to monetary reasons, though rumour has it that Lee only wanted to go ahead with it "when the technology was just right".
On the other hand, if the director decided to pass on the adaptation project, the production studios will continue to look for other first-rate directors to helm the project.
According to the book's synopsis, "Bill Lynn's halftime Walk" is Ben Fountain's debut novel that follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad, including 19 year-old Silver Star-winning hero, Specialist William Lynn, through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive "Victory Tour" at Texas Stadium. Over the course of this day, Billy will begin to understand difficult truths about himself, his country, his struggling family, and his army brothers, both dead and alive.