Cross Creek boards ‘Creed of Violence’

Universal will distrib Todd Field pic based on Teran novel

Cross Creek Pictures will produce and finance “The Creed of Violence,” which writer-director Todd Field (“In the Bedroom”) will adapt from the acclaimed novel by Boston Teran.

Film will be distributed by Universal Pictures through its three-year deal with Cross Creek, whose Brian Oliver will produce with Field and Michael De Luca (“The Social Network”).

Producers are targeting an early 2013 start date in both the American Southwest and parts of Mexico.

“The Creed of Violence” is the fifth novel by Teran, author of cult-favorite tome “God Is a Bullet.” Story depicts the 1910 Mexican revolution via the gun sights of an unlikely duo: small-time assassin Rawbone and John Lourdes, a young Bureau of Investigation agent. The two are forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.

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“The book and Todd’s adaptation remind me of Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness,” Oliver said. “Teran’s novel brings a unique perspective to U.S. imperialism for oil in the early 20th century. We are confident that Todd’s skill for deeply felt, emotionally resonant characters combined with this action-packed story will make for an epic, influential film.”

CAA-repped Field last co-wrote and directed New Line’s “Little Children,” which earned three Oscar nominations including one for Field and author Tom Perrotta’s adapted screenplay.

De Luca is coming off back-to-back best picture nominations for producing Sony’s “Moneyball” and “The Social Network.”

Cross Creek, which produced the hits “Black Swan” and “The Woman in Black,” is in production on Ron Howard’s Formula One pic “Rush.” Company is developing a Steve McQueen biopic with Jeremy Renner attached to star, as well as an adaptation of the Whitey Bulger book “Black Mass,” which Russell Gewirtz (“Inside Man”) is writing.