Sunday, 19 July 2015

Justin Kurzel set for True History Of The Kelly Gang

Writer/director Justin Kurzel and co-writer Shaun Grant broke through in a big way with Australian crime tale Snowtown (2011). Now news arrives via Australian filmmaker magazine If that the pair are set collaborate once again, digging into more of their country's criminal history for True History Of The Kelly Gang. 

Grant is working on an adaptation of Peter Carey's eponymous novel, which chronicles Ned Kelly's adventures through the eyes of Kelly. Their history was a complicated one – in the eyes of the law, they were bandits and murderers, but to many ordinary Australians, they were heroes, the bushrangers who defied English authority to life their own lives.

Kelly's story has been brought to the screen several times before, including a 1906 version, Tony Richardson's take in 1970 with Mick Jagger playing the main man and Ned Kelly (2003), which saw Heath Ledger taking on the role for director Gregor Jordan. 

It's clearly early days for this one, so we don't yet know when it will be shooting. It has been in development for a while already, with Joe Penhall (The Road) writing one version of the script. Kurzel is currently busy with several projects, including Assassin's Creed, which reunites him with Macbeth's Michael Fassbender (Prometheus) and Marion Cotillard (Rust And Bone) for the game adaptation that will be out here on 16 December next year.

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