Where has Madeline Stowe been for the past few years? The actress was everywhere during the eighties and pretty much dominated the early nineties in film’s such as a Twelve Monkeys and my personal favorite, The Last of the Mohicans. In her spare time she must been working on her transition from actor to director, because she’s about to make her official debut. According to RopeofSilicon, Stowe will direct the period drama, Unbound Captives.
The actress has done her share of period pieces so I know she’s in familiar territory. In an impressive move Stowe also wrote the screenplay for the film, for which she was originally set to star. But, with the cast she has accumulated, she has decided to step to the side. Rachel Weisz will star as a mother whose husband is killed and two children are kidnapped in 1859 by members of the Comanche war party. She is aided by a frontiersman who will be played by Hugh Jackman, while her son will be portrayed by Twilight star Robert Pattinson.
There must be some serious promise surrounding the film because according to Variety, Fox offered Stowe 5 million dollars for the script with the intention of having Ridley Scott direct, and Russell Crowe star. As you can tell the first time director went with her gut and decided against that deal.
“There was never a moment’s hesitation on my part, but it felt unreal, and I can remember my husband putting a finger across his neck to signal not to take the offer,” Stowe said. “There are moments in life where you need to follow your heart. The script remained my singular focus, but directing it myself wasn’t something I ever dreamed of.”
This film could possibly take her career to another level in terms of making the actor/director transition. I don’t know a lot of people who would have turned down that money, but I commend her for sticking to her guns. Hopefully, everything works out for her in the end. Their looking to start production on Unbound Captives later this year.
What do you think of the story for Stowe’s directorial debut? What do you think of the cast?