It looks like it might be time for another critically-acclaimed Larry McMurtry film. The man's words have already found huge success on the big screen -- there's Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show, which he wrote the novel and screenplay for, his adaptation of Terms of Endearment and he nabbed an Oscar recently for his adaptation of Brokeback Mountain. Now the successful writer has penned a screenplay, once again with the help of Diana Ossana, for his 2000 novel, Boone's Lick.
According to Production Weekly, Barry Levinson (Diner, Analyze That) is in negotiations to direct the feature, and Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore are now attached as the leads. Narrated by a 15-year-old boy named Shay Cecil, the novel tells the story of his family, and their journey from Boone's Lick Missouri to Fort Phil Kearny in Wyoming. His mother, Mary Margaret, has decided to hunt down her AWOL husband and tell him that she's leaving him -- but they don't know where he is, so she grabs the family and searches the plains for him. She braves bears, Indians and challenging weather. That is dedication. Locations are already being scouted in Wyoming, and production should begin in the late summer.