DreamWorks takes ‘Stand’

'Gale' adapter Randolph tackling tome

DreamWorks has optioned writer Thomas Eidson’s Western epic “St. Agnes’ Stand” for Martin Scorsese to direct.

Charles Randolph, the former philosophy professor who wrote “The Life of David Gale” for Universal, is adapting the book. He also scripted “The Interpreter,” which Sydney Pollack is in talks to direct (Daily Variety, April 15).

Set in the 1860s, “St. Agnes’ Stand” is the story of a reluctant hero who saves a nun and a group of children from Apache Indians. Published in 1994, it was Eidson’s first novel. At that time, Eidson was prexy-CEO of corporate PR firm Hill & Knowlton.

Most recently the director of corporate affairs at Fidelity, Eidson has turned out a number of novels, including “The Last Ride,” the basis for the Ron Howard pic “The Missing” that’s now in production at Revolution and Imagine.

“Stand” originally was optioned by U, and Larry McMurtry was tapped to write a screenplay. It later was set up at Miramax for director John Madden.

DreamWorks principal Steven Spielberg has played a key role in the development of the project, attaching both Scorsese and Randolph.

Randolph is repped by CAA and Margaret Riley Management. Scorsese is repped by the Firm.

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