By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety.
Oliver Stone is looking to pack his bags and head back to Vietnam with Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum in tow.
The director is closing a deal with United Artists to finance Pinkville, a drama about the investigation of the 1968 My Lai massacre. As expected, he would also direct.
Stone, Willis, Tatum off to Pinkville
UA has given Pinkville a budget close to $40 million in order to finalize Oliver Stone's commitment this week. If the director does decide to move forward, Pinkville will become the fourth time Stone directed a film set amidst the Vietnam War. Other projects include the Oscar-winner Platoon, Heaven & Earth and Born on the Fourth of July.
Willis will play Army Gen. William R. Peers, who supervised the investigation into the massacre by U.S. soldiers of as many as 500 My Lai villagers, most of them unarmed women, children and elderly.
Tatum will play Hugh Thompson, a helicopter pilot who, upon realizing what was happening below, put a stop to the killing by placing his craft between gunmen and the few villagers who were left, and telling his two shipmates to fire on the soldiers if they shot any more people. His crew airlifted the survivors and reported the carnage to superiors.
Pinkville is the description on a military map for the region where My Lai is.
Stone was expected to follow World Trade Center with a film about the CIA's failed attempt to catch Osama bin Laden during the 9/11 aftermath. If all goes to plan, Pinkville will quickly become next on his to-do list.
The My Lai massacre is considered one of the most atrocious acts in U.S. military history.