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American by Blood
Have we ever had a film that covered the aftermath of Little Bighorn? Off the top of my head I can't think of one, so I should assume that Universal Pictures is hoping to change that.
Universal to Adapt American by Blood
According to Variety, Universal Pictures, with the help of the Kennedy/Marshall Co., have acquired the Matthew Sand's script American by Blood, based on the novel from Andrew Huebner.
Published in 2000, American by Blood was first optioned by Kennedy for Steven Spielberg to direct. After going through various drafts, the script had not quite come together and the book's option expired. Dispirited by the process, Huebner said he wouldn't option his book again, despite offers, and figured the novel would never make it to Hollywood.
The author's position quickly changed, however, when approached by scribe Matthew Sand. Sand's take on the story and passion for the material were enough to convince Huebner to allow Sand to option the novel himself.
American by Blood tells the story of three U.S. Army scouts who are the first to arrive at the horrifying aftermath of the battle of Little Bighorn and then take on the grueling assignment of tracking down the Sioux leader, Crazy Horse.
Sand wrote the adaptation of Beowulf for Warner Bros and is currently working on Valiant for Paramount.