Field, D’Works take to the ‘Back Roads’

Todisco, Gross to adapt screenplay from O'Dell book

This article was updated on Nov. 5, 2003.

Todd Field is developing “Back Roads,” based on the bestselling novel by Tawni O’Dell, for DreamWorks Pictures with an eye to possibly direct.

Field and his Standard Film Co. will produce the pic along with Frank Darabont and Anna Garduno’s Darkwoods Prods. Darabont will exec produce and Garduno will produce along with Sara Altshul.

At DreamWorks, execs Michael De Luca and Claire Rudnick Polstein will steer the project.

Writers Paul Todisco and Ethan Gross will adapt the screenplay. The duo’s previous credits include “Revolver,” written with Guy Ritchie, who will direct.

Set in western Pennsylvania’s mining country, amid Eat ‘n’ Parks and Lick ‘n’ Putts, “Back Roads” follows a teenager whose mother is in jail for killing his abusive father and who’s left to care for his three younger sisters. Meanwhile, he has taken an interest in a sexy, melancholic mother of two down the road.

Field, repped by Endeavor, has appeared as an actor in such pics as “Eyes Wide Shut” and “The Haunting.” “In the Bedroom,” which he wrote, directed and produced, was nominated for five Oscars, including picture and screenplay. He is currently at work on “Time Between Trains” for DreamWorks — where he has a first-look deal — along with William Horberg’s Wonderland Films and Sydney Pollack and Anthony Minghella’s Mirage Enterprises. The film centers on 19th century tragedian Edwin Booth.

Academy Award-nominated writer, producer and director Darabont is penning the screenplay for the fourth Indiana Jones film for Steven Spielberg. Previous credits include writing and directing “The Shawshank Redemption” and writing, directing and producing “The Green Mile.”

Darabont and his shingle are repped by CAA. Tawni O’Dell is repped by Ken Sherman of Ken Sherman & Associates in association with Liza Dawson Associates.

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