I'm filing this one in the "What Took Them So Long?" category: British filmmaker Rupert Wainwright has co-written and will direct a film about the David Koresh/Branch Davidian/Waco standoff of 1993. It's simply called Waco, and Variety reports that it will start shooting in October.

The incident, which began with a search warrant at a religious compound and ended with 81 people dead after a 51-day standoff with the FBI, was huge news in the first half of 1993. It touched on intensely controversial issues: religious freedom, the rights of the federal government versus individual rights, and the strong possibility that the FBI botched the whole thing and made it worse than it should have been. It had far-reaching effects: Timothy McVeigh cited Waco as one of his reasons for retaliating against the government with his 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

Yet somehow, despite the inherent drama of the story, no one has fictionalized it for the movies until now. Several TV specials have been made, though, and a documentary, Waco: The Rules of Engagement, was nominated for an Oscar in 1998. (One of its producers, Michael McNulty, will co-produce the new project.)

It remains to be seen whether Waco will be worthy of its complex subject matter. The fact that Rupert Wainwright is best known for directing Stigmata, the bad 2005 remake of The Fog, and some MC Hammer videos does not fill me with a lot of confidence. But we shall see!
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