Something happened to Paul Haggis while he was on his way to directing a follow-up to last year's Academy Award-winning Crash. The helmer was supposed to be taking on an adaptation of Richard Clarke's 9/11expose Against All Enemies, in which Sean Penn and Vince Vaughn were reportedly set to star. However, now it seems he's switched course and, instead, is setting his eyes on a pic called The Garden of Elah.
According to Variety, Elah will star Tommy Lee Jones as the father of a man who mysteriously goes missing after returning home from Iraq. The lovely Charlize Theron is set to play a local police detective who's put in charge of investigating the disappearance. Haggis also wrote the screenplay, which is based on a Playboy magazine article called Death and Dishonor. The director has already begun scouting locations hoping to begin production towards the end of this year. No word yet on what this means for Against All Enemies, though I suspect that project is still moving forward ... at a much slower pace.