Russell Crowe Eyes Starring Role in ‘Water Diviner’

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Directorial debut makes actor feel like “accountant”

HONG KONG — Russell Crowe is now heading towards production on “The Water Diviner,” a war-drama that will mark the Australian-based superstar’s feature directing debut.

“If you haven’t picked up on what’s up I am in pre-pre-production on a film called The Water Diviner. As director…interesting times,” he said on Twitter this week.

The film tells the story of an Australian who travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his two sons who went missing in the Battle of Gallipoli, the Allies’ 1915-16 costly campaign to knock the Ottoman Empire (Turkey) out of the First World War. British Commonwealth troops from Australia and New Zealand, known as ANZACs, suffered over 10,000 casualties.

Maintaining a drip feed of micro-blog commentaries, Crowe this week apologized to Japanese fans for not attending the Tokyo premiere of “Man of Steel” and said he needed every minute of preparation for “Diviner.”

“I go to an office. I sit there all day having meetings, gathering information and making decisions… I feel like I have become my accountant,” he tweeted.

In other postings Crowe seems to confirm that he may also appear in front of the camera. “Yes directing myself, unless I don’t cast me or I am unavailable due to a prior commitment… the directing one.” Later Crowe jokes that he refused to audition, “based on directors familiarity with my past work.”

“The Water Diviner” is to be produced by Hopscotch Features, the Down Under unit of multinational film group Entertainment One (eOne) and by Crowe’s own Fear of God Films. The screenplay is by Andrew Knight and Andrew Anastassios.

Earlier this year [April 25] Crowe attended a dawn remembrance service at Coffs Harbour, New South Wales for ANZACs killed nearly a century ago. Also in attendance were producers Hopscotch’s Troy Lum, Andrew Mason (“The Matrix”) and Keith Rodger, along with “Lord of the Rings” cinematographer Andrew Lesnie.

Contacted by Variety, Lum said that many details were still fluid and yet to be confirmed.

Earlier in the development process “The Water Diviner” was pitched by Hopscotch as a project to be directed by Anthony Maras on a budget of $8.5 million (A$9 million). A previous incarnation pegged the budget at $11 million (AS$12 million.)

“Gladiator” star, Crowe was born in New Zealand, but is now resident in Australia.

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  1. Paul Jane says:

    What a great story Russ, my wife is from Istanbul and I am English with a real interest in what those guys went through. Without blowing smoke up your arse, I can see you playing the lead in this one if it goes ahead, brilliantly as usual, god luck, Paul from Kent in th UK.

  2. ITTTY IT says:

    Crowe is wasting valuable time.

    With all that’s clearly unfolding,
    and with the Globalist—RED China TREASON op
    massively consolidating, and EUGENICS rolling
    out worldwide —-a REAL artist would be spoiled
    for choice.

    How about an update of ‘Tale of Two Cities’
    set in a FEMA camp?

    How about an epic treatment of the
    now awesomely relevant KOREAN WAR?

    How about laying into the history behind
    the robber barons? —EUGENICS? —‘SO SHEL—-ism’?

    How about it Crowe? —-just for the going to hell of it?

  3. A low-budget World War I film about a story foreign (no pun intended) to the average American filmgoer. Who is this movie for, besides Russell Crowe?

    • G. Jardoness says:

      “All’s Quiet on the Western Front”?
      “For Whom the Bell Tolls”?
      “Das Boot”?
      “War and Peace”?
      “Doctor Zhivago”?
      “Battleship Potemkin”?
      “Grand Illusion”?
      “Alexander Nevsky”?

      And let us never forget “Police Academy 7: Mission to Moscow” or the Lebanese-dubbed version of “Saving Private Ryan”.

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