The Steven Spielberg-produced (and possibly directed, following his exit from AMERICAN SNIPER) adaptation of John Steinbeck’s iconic novel THE GRAPES OF WRATH (previously an Oscar-winning 1940 film starring Henry Fonda) may have a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tracy Letts as it’s screenwriter. Letts, best known for writing theatre hits KILLER JOE, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and MAN FROM NEBRASKA (as well as acting on-stage) is in final negotiations to draft the film version for Dreamworks Pictures. We’ll keep you posted on potential directing and acting talent.
Also, OBLIVION and TRON: LEGACY director Joseph Kosinski is expected to direct the new sci-fi thriller based on THE TWILIGHT ZONE. The film will drop the previous anthology premise in favour of a standard narrative, taking plot elements from various episodes from the hit series and making one cohesive storyline. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way production company is behind the project, which has had a number of drafts written by Anthony Peckham, Jason Rothenberg. Rand Ravich and Joby Harold. We’re now hearing TV scribe Ari Eli Coleite is taking a shot at the screenplay.
Source: The Wrap/Variety