In his column for the Austin Chronicle, Joe O’Connell writes that a troika of upcoming studio projects are coming to film in Texas, all with something in common. And the common denominator is super-producer Scott Rudin. O’Connell reports:
Looks like ‘Stop-Loss,’ a sure-to-be controversial war-in-Iraq tale from Kimberly Peirce (‘Boys Don’t Cry’) is almost certain to film in Austin as early as May, and we can thank power player Scott Rudin, a New Yawker who seems suddenly to have a jones for Texas. That’s “jones” as in Tommy Lee Jones, who is reportedly in talks to star in ‘No Country for Old Men,’ the Cormac McCarthy novel adaptation that Joel and Ethan Coen are expected to direct in Texas and New Mexico, also in May. Rudin, famously known for tossing telephones at a long line of nervous assistants, is producing both projects, as well as ‘There Will Be Blood,’ a look inside the oil industry loosely based on Upton Sinclair’s novel ‘Oil!,’ directed by Paul Thomas Anderson and looking likely for a Marfa shoot. All three films are jointly being produced by Paramount and Miramax with the cement being Rudin, who has a Texas history producing films by both Richard Linklater and Wes Anderson. Stop-Loss is about a soldier returned to Texas after a tour in Iraq, but then promptly called back under the Pentagon’s stop-loss program of involuntarily extending military service commitments. Peirce, whose ‘Boys’ shot in Dallas, got the plot idea from the experiences of her own enlisted brother.