Dustin Lance Black and Ron Howard will team for the adaptation of Jon Krakauer's Under the Banner of Heaven

Posted by:Zack Bruce

I’m very happy to hear that Warner Bros. is acquiring the rights to Jon Krakauer’s book, “Under the Banner of Heaven”. You may be familiar with the adaptation of INTO THE WILD, which Krakauer also wrote.

Dustin Lance Black (MILK) will be the one to adapt and Ron Howard is on board to direct. Howard and his Imagine Entertainment partner Brian Grazer will produce with Shannon Costello, Jason Bateman and Stephanie Davis. Black, Howard and Grazer recently worked on Clint Eastwood’s J. EDGAR, due to release October 21.

The story follows, “two brothers who murdered the wife and infant daughter of their younger brother. The killers claimed they were acting on orders from God, consistent with their interpretation of a fundamentalist interpretation that goes back to the formation of Mormonism. The brothers were members of a splinter group called the School of Prophets, which adhered to original tenets of the faith that included polygamy and a belief that true believers could speak directly with God. These were rooted as the faith grew to a mainstream appeal, but the brothers remain convinced they were obeying God’s command when they committed the heinous crime.”

Ron Howard

Source: Deadline

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