September 23, 2006 02:29:27 GMT
Oscar-winning screenwriter Paul Haggis is in talks to direct "In the Valley of Elah."
"Crash" writer-director Paul Haggis is about to take another directorial work. The man is currently involved in negotiations to helm dramatic feature "In the Valley of Elah" of which genesis is taken from Mark Boal's article on Playboy magazine titled "Death and Dishonor" that Warner Bros bought for Haggis and his producing partner Larry Becsey last year.
Set to be distributed domestically under Warner Independent Pictures, the project has already included Oscar-winning stars Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron in the cast. Jones is billed to play a career soldier whose son mysteriously goes missing not long after returning to U.S. from Iraq while Theron will portray a local police detective who helps him to reveal the mystery behind the disappearance.
Born in London, Ontario, Canada, Haggis originally worked his way in entertainment industry through TV series before finally ventured into film feature in 2000 after being attached to pen the script of "Million Dollar Baby." His name shot to prominence when his writing work for "Crash" won an Academy Award in the category of Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen earlier this year.