Variety reports that Christian Bale is in very early talks to take to star in Universal's adaptation of Boston Teran's 1910 Mexican revolution-set novel The Creed of Violence. Todd Field (Little Children) is set to direct and pen the script.
Bale would take on the role of Rawbone, a small-time assasin who must work together with a young Bureau of Investigation agent to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.
It was reported last year that Leonardo DiCaprio was interested in starring in this project. Not sure if that's still a possibility, but if Bale and DiCaprio were on screen together that would be pretty epic.
Producers are aiming for to start shoooting on location in both the American Southwest and parts of Mexico in early 2013.
THR reports that Drew Barrymore is set to direct the uplifting apocalypse-set movie The End for Warner Bros. The end-of-the-world drama was written by Aron Eli Coleite (NBC's Heroes) and follows multiple storylines as people reconcile their fate on Earth's last day.
Among the storylines is a sixtysomething radio personality in London intent on broadcasting until the end, a father trying to make it through the chaos in Tokyo to reach his wife and baby and a teenage couple in the American Midwest being pulled in different directions by their families.
With the tone they're going for, and the kind of characters in this, it kinda sounds like something along the lines of Deep Impact, minus the whole meteor aspect. Barrymore did a fantastic job in her directorial debut with Whip It. She has yet to follow that up with another feature, but is attached to direct and produce the young-adult thriller Heist Society, and How to Be Single. I'm not certain which of these three films is first in her pipeline.