Contrary to the headline, there’s even more to applaud in the news that Madeleine Stowe will make her directorial debut with a film, Unbound Captives, starring Robert Pattinson and Hugh Jackman. You’ll want to read the backstory in Variety: Stowe cowrote the script in the early ’90s under a pseudonym with her husband, Brian Benben (Dream On). The film is set in the mid-19th century and revolves around a woman (now to be played by Rachel Weisz) whose husband is killed and whose two children (one of whom is Pattinson) are kidnapped by a Comanche war party. Stowe turned down a $3 million offer from a studio in 1993 (the year after she starred in The Last of the Mohicans), when it wouldn’t promise her anything more than a writing credit on the film, which it envisioned as a project for director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe. Sixteen years later, the film’s a go — with Stowe behind the camera and Jackman starring as the frontiersman who comes to Weisz’s rescue. You can see why we filed this under Things That Are Awesome!*
* Also because the director of photography will be Oscar winner John Toll (Legends of the Fall, Braveheart), and I geek out over DPs.