EXCLUSIVE: Director William Friedkin has been lots selective within the movies he directs, however the heralded helmer of The French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live and Die in LA and others has discovered each a script and a star he couldn’t resist.

Kiefer Sutherland will star as Lt. Commander Queeg in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, utilizing a 50-year outdated play script written by Herman Wouk from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It is being plotted for a January begin and casting is simply getting underway. Annabelle Dunne and Matt Parker are producing. Sutherland’s deal is being finalized.

“I’ve checked out lots of scripts within the final ten years, and I haven’t seen something I actually wished to do,” mentioned Friedkin, who final directed 2011’s trendy noir drama Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey. “But I give it some thought, lots and it, it occurred to me that might be a really well timed and vital piece, in addition to being nice drama. The Caine Mutiny Court Martial is likely one of the greatest court docket martial dramas ever written.”

The authentic novel and the 1954 movie with Humphrey Bogart as Queeg, and a Robert Altman-directed 1988 telepic of the play which starred Midnight Run’s Brad Davis as Queeg, had been set throughout WWII. A naval officer stands trial for mutiny for taking command from a ship captain he feels is appearing in unstable vogue, endangering each the ship and its crew.

“The authentic piece was written for WWII, and Wouk included all of the pent up anger on this nation over Pearl Harbor,” Friedkin advised Deadline. “I’ve up to date it so that’s not Pearl Harbor. I’ve made it up to date, involving the Gulf of Hormuz and the Straits of Hormuz, resulting in Iran.”

Hormuz offers the one passage between the Persian Gulf and the open sea, making it a vital delivery route that has lengthy been a hotspot due to persevering with tensions with Iran. The replace was made simpler in that even the unique was an invention of the late writer, who additionally wrote The Winds of War

and War and Remembrance.

“There by no means was a mutiny within the United States Navy,” Friedkin mentioned. “Herman Wouk nearly created the primary and solely mutiny within the United States army. His dialogue is terrific, proper to the purpose. It’s set at a trial, however it’s all actually by the e-book, by way of accuracy. But there by no means was a mutiny within the United States army. He invented it and all that might happen round it, based mostly on the legal guidelines that cowl it.”

Friedkin, who altered Wouk’s script himself to replicate a timelier timeline, mentioned he had lengthy admired Sutherland, and sought him out for the tense courtroom thriller.

“I feel he is likely one of the greatest actors in America, one of many easiest,” Friedkin mentioned. “I noticed each episode of his present 24. I believed he was simply nice however that he may do much more, and this provides him a possibility to stretch.”

Denise Chamian, coming off Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis, is his casting director and they’re lining out the forged for the early 2023 begin.

Sutherland is repped by CAA and Entertainment 360.

: .