Freeman saddles up for ‘Taite’

Actor interested in role, will co-produce pic

Once more into the saddle. Fifteen years after Morgan Freeman limned Ned Logan in “Unforgiven,” Revelations, the production label of Freeman and Lori McReary, will co-produce oater “Moses Taite’s War.”

Freeman said that he was “dying” to play Moses Taite.

A kind of Eastern Western set in 1875 on the pastures of Kansas and the plains of India, “Taite’s” is a flagship production of Spain’s Kanzaman, whose principal Denise O’Dell is in Berlin moving a slate of projects.

The $30 million pic turns on Taite, an Afro-American rancher, whose cows begin to die from an epidemic. Resolving to import Indian stud bulls to save his herd, he travels to India, another country with racial tensions.

There, in true Western style, he becomes embroiled in a civil conflict supporting oppressed locals.

“There are many things in the script that would be a draw: for one thing, the multi-cultural aspect of American cowboys in India on assignment,” Freeman said.

“Taite’s” is the first original screenplay from Stephen Clarke, who recently penned “Lunatic at Large,” based on an idea by Stanley Kubrick and a treatment by noir novelist Jim Thompson.

Clarke has just delivered a screenplay, said O’Dell. A director has yet to be attached.

Freeman said he’d like to shoot “Taite” in India.

“It’s very possible to do it in India and probably economical,” he said.

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