Banderas to helm TriStar’s ‘Alabama’

He'll make directorial debut with adaptation pic

NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith.

The film will begin production in late April.

The novel, published by Putnam in 1993, is set in the ’60s at the height of racial tensions in Alabama. It’s the coming-of-age story of an orphan named Peejoe who is raised by his eccentric aunt, who will be played by Griffith. The budget’s about $15 million and the producers are Linda Goldstein, Diane Sillan and Debra Hill.

CAA’s Manny Nunez reps Banderas.

More Film

  • Domestics

    Orion Classics Re-Launching With Kate Bosworth-Tyler Hoechlin's 'Domestics'

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Halle Berry Anjelica Huston

    Halle Berry, Anjelica Huston Join 'John Wick: Chapter 3'

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Dwayne Johnson & Dany Garcia

    Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia Invest in Atom Tickets (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Studio 54

    'Studio 54' Sells to Zeitgeist Films and Kino Lorber (EXCLUSIVE)

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Jake Gyllenhaal Spider-Man

    Jake Gyllenhaal Eyed for Villain Role in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Sequel

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Deadpool 2

    Will 'Deadpool 2' Make Disney Open to Releasing R-Rated Movies Again?

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

  • Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as

    Balaji Telefilms Sets Sunil Lulla as CEO

    NEW YORK — Hot off starring for TriStar alongside Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget actioner “The Mask of Zorro,” Antonio Banderas has been set by the same studio to make his feature directing debut this spring on “Crazy in Alabama,” an adaptation of a Mark Childress novel that will star his wife, Melanie Griffith. The […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content