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‘The Lookout’ Director Scott Frank Helming Adaptation of TV Series ‘Unforgiven’

Written by on November 8, 2011 

Though he has many screenplays to his name — Minority Report, Get Shorty, and Out of Sight among them — Scott Frank has only directed one film, 2007’s The Lookout. It’s a shame that this is his only feature credit, as he created an intimate, compelling, and even moving crime drama that features one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s best performances.

But we can end waiting and start anticipation, as Deadline reports that Frank will rewrite Christopher McQuarrie‘s adaptation of the British miniseries Unforgiven, which he will also direct for GK Films. It’s too early on this one for casting news, but the One Shot helmer was working on a draft considered a prospect for Angelina Jolie to star in; having never signed on, however, the chance of her leading is unclear.

The 2009 ITV drama centered on “a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a 15-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen [who] came to evict her family from their farmhouse.” Plans to lead a normal life with her estranged sister are disrupted when she’s “targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims.”

If we only knew that this story’s previous home was on British television, you’d have me excited. After all, our friends across the pond produce some of the finest dramatic TV work today, and Hollywood is taking note — just look at adaptations of State of Play, Edge of Darkness, Traffic, and next year’s Blood. This interest is then multiplied when Frank is involved; the aforementioned Lookout beautifully deals with somewhat similar narrative and thematic territory. We’re only getting details on it now, but Unforgiven is already shaping up rather nicely.

Are you excited for Frank to return to directing? Were you a fan of The Lookout?

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