Barry Levinson to Camp at "Boone's Lick"

Oscar-winning director Barry Levinson is engaged in talks to helm Universal's book-based movie "Boone's Lick."

Taking a little time amidst the preparation to begin production on "What Just Happened?" next month, Barry Levinson is embarking on negotiations with Universal Pictures for another directing stint in "Boone's Lick", Production Weekly has reported.

An adaptation of Larry McMurtry's 19th century American West novel, the picture concerns a headstrong woman who drags her family on a rickety wagon from Boone's Lick, Missouri, to the Wyoming fort where her husband lives. Julianne Moore and Tom Hanks are both attached to star in as the woman and her husband's brother, respectively.

Film crew reportedly has begun location scouting in Wyoming for a planned production start in late summer. Meanwhile, script will be penned by McMurtry himself alongside Diana Ossana, with whom he won best adapted screenplay category at last year's Oscar for "Brokeback Mountain."


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