Thesp will direct, write, produce and star in period pic
Just weeks before Sony releases “Men in Black 3,” star Tommy Lee Jones has lined up his next directing vehicle, as he’s set to write and direct “The Homesman,” a period pic he’ll also produce and topline.Story follows a pioneer woman and a claim-jumping rascal of a man (Jones) who usher three insane women on an odyssey from Nebraska to Iowa, braving the elements along the way. Michael Fitzgerald will produce through his Ithaca Films banner, while Jones will produce via The Javelina Film Company. Duo are also in talks with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp to produce, finance and distribute “The Homesman” internationally. Jones made his directorial debut with the 1995 TNT telepic “The Good Old Boys,” which starred Jones and his fellow Oscar winners Sissy Spacek and Frances McDormand, as well as an up-and-coming thesp named Matt Damon. His first feature as helmer-producer was the 2005 drama “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” which was also produced by Fitzgerald and EuropaCorp. Pic earned four Independent Spirit Award nominations and took home two awards from the Cannes Film Festival. Jones, who most recently directed an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s play “The Sunset Limited” for HBO, was last seen in “Captain America.” Thesp next stars in opposite Meryl Streep in the Sony dramedy “Hope Springs,” and he also plays Republican leader Thaddeus Stevens in Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln.” Jones is repped by CAA and attorneys William Jacobson and Dale de la Torre of Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman.