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Billy Bob Thornton's Floyd Collins Movie

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Published on Jun 9, 2009

TV news story about Billy Bob Thornton's plan to make a movie about the Floyd Collins tragedy of 1925. Floyd Collins was a cave explorer who got trapped in a Kentucky cave, in what is now Mammoth Cave National Park. Rescuers were able to reach Floyd, but they could not get him out of the cave, because his foot was stuck under a rock in a tight space. Billy Bob Thornton's plan to make a movie about Floyd was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter: Billy Bob Thornton is digging into a new period project. The multihyphenate is on board to develop "Floyd Collins" as a feature film for Paramount Pictures and will helm and star in the drama. Thornton's manager, Geyer Kosinski, is producing through his Media Talent Group. Set in 1925, the drama centers on the true-life story of cave explorer Floyd Collins' entrapment in a Kentucky cavern and the ensuing 13-day news frenzy. The story marked one of the first large-scale media spectacles, provoking hourly radio bulletins and garnering nationwide newspaper headlines. The project is described as being particularly relevant today because it echoes modern-day mining accidents and 24-hour news cycles. Thornton's longtime writing partner Tom Epperson adapted the screenplay from the book "Trapped!: The Story of Floyd Collins" by Robert Murray and Roger Brucker. Kosinski and Thornton optioned the book and brought the material to Paramount. Bruce Heller and David Bushell also are producing. Paramount's Brad Weston and Alli Shearmur are overseeing for the studio. Thornton, whose helming credits include "All the Pretty Horses" and "Sling Blade," won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for the latter.
He is repped by CAA, Kosinski and attorney Robert Myman. (end of Hollywood Reporter article) (General notes of interest): Other projects that Billy Bob Thornton reportedly has in various stages of development include: "Peace Like a River," produced by David Brown, Kit Golden, Kristin Hahn, Brad Pitt and Alicia Sams: "Zero Theorem" (announced), to be directed by Terry Gilliam and produced by Dean Zanuck, Harrison Zanuck, and Richard D. Zanuck; and "Tulia," co-starring Halle Berry in a film based on Nate Blakeslee's non-fiction book "Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town." Billy Bob Thornton has also reportedly signed to produce "Three Nights in August" which will be a baseball movie based on Buzz Bissinger's book about the 2003 series between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The story focuses on Cards manager Tony LaRussa. Billy Bob will produce along with Red Bird Cinema managing director John Loar. Writer-actor Kevin Pollak, La Russa and Bissinger will executive produce. Side note: Roger Brucker has written five books about cave exploration at Mammoth Cave. His newest is Grand, Gloomy, and Peculiar: Stephen Bishop at Mammoth Cave. It is based on the true story of Stephen Bishop, a slave who gained fame as a guide and explorer at Mammoth Cave in the early 19th century.

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