Are we finally going to see a new movie from director Todd Field? It has been a far-too-long seven years since his excellent “Little Children” and we’ve been waiting patiently for “The Creed Of Violence” to get moving, all the while Field has taken to directing Captain Morgan commercials and producing the brewing “Hold On To Me” with Robert Pattinson and Carey Mulligan. And now, Field is lining up another movie to direct, but one that will certainly find him courting his biggest audience yet.
Through his Cross Creek Pictures shingle, Field is teaming up with Smuggler Films to produce, co-write and direct “Beautiful Ruins.” The film is an adaptation of author Jess Walter’s massive bestseller and he’ll help pen the screenplay. An ambitious project to tackle, the story begins in the spring of 1962 off of the Ligurian Sea and centers on three young characters whose orbit around one another is set in motion by an incident during the shooting of “Cleopatra” and continues on for decades. To its credit, the film will involve the glamorous setting of Rome when it was known as the international jet-set center and was in the throes of “La Dolce Vita” madness.
While it may sound like a trifle, we’d wager this was an enticing prospect for Field – getting a chance to visit Italy during that exciting time and having a backdrop full of movie-making intrigue. So, put this on your Things To Do List and let’s just hope we see any of his developing directorial efforts soon.