It’s four long years since Todd Field’s extraordinary and excellent “Little Children,” and we’ve heard very little from the director since. He’s probably been most notably attached to an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian” that seems stuck in development hell (Ridley Scott was also attached at one point and “The Road” director John Hillcoat has shown interest, but the dark nihilistic western doesn’t seem likely to find studio support in today’s climate).
Anyhow, in a sort of tossed away mention in the midst of an agency signing report, Deadline Hollywood says that Todd Field is now attached to direct a film called “Hubris” over at Universal. What’s it about? We have no idea. This is the first we’ve heard about the project and digging around turned up pretty much nothing. The script is being written by Bobby Moresco who co-wrote “Crash” with Paul Haggis, but who seems to favor gangster material such as “One Eyed King,” “10th & Wolf” and “The Black Donnellys.” He’s also writing working on “Charlie Lucky Luciano” about the infamous crime figure as well.
Given that track record, we’re assuming that whatever he’s working on for Field is in the same wheelhouse. And given that Field, after directing two intense domestic dramas, was eyeing the western “Blood Meridian” it seems to fit that he wants some genre material next.
We’ll keep an ear to the ground on this one. Field is a director with some impeccable taste and talent, and we’re curious to see where he’ll go next.