Actor Christian Bale is in early negotiations to star in Todd Field’s The Creed of Violence. Field, most known for his work on Little Children is adapting the film from Boston Teran’s acclaimed fifth novel of the same name.
The book tells the story of the 1910 Mexican revolution from the perspective of small-time assassin Rawbone and young Bureau of Investigation agent John Lourdes. The unlikely pair are forced to cooperate to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.
Bale is being considered for the role of Rawbone. There is no word yet on whether the deal will be closed.
Universal will distribute the film, which is being produced and financed by Cross Creek Pictures. Field will be writing and directing. Brian Oliver, head of Cross Creek, previously compared the upcoming project to Heart of Darkness.
“Teran’s novel brings a unique perspective to U.S. imperialism for oil in the early 20th century,” Oliver said.
The film’s producers are projecting an early 2013 release date in the American Southwest and parts of Mexico.
View the official summary for The Creed of Violence below:
“Mexico, 1910. The landscape pulses with the force of the upcoming revolution, an atmosphere rich in opportunity for a criminal such as Rawbone. His fortune arrives across the haze of the Sierra Blanca in the form of a truck loaded with weapons, an easy sell to those financing a bloodletting.
But Rawbone’s plan spins against him, and he soon finds himself at the Mexican-American border and in the hands of the Bureau of Investigation. He is offered a chance for immunity, but only if he agrees to proceed with his scheme to deliver the truck and its goods to the Mexican oil fields while under the command of Agent John Lourdes. Rawbone sees no other option and agrees to the deal—but he fails to recognize the true identity of Agent Lourdes, a man from deep within his past.
As they work to expose the criminal network at the core of the revolution, it is clear their journey into the tarred desert is a push toward a certain ruin, and the history lurking between the criminal and agent may seal their fates.”
There is no word on when the film is expected to be released or other talent that may be attached to the project.