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Todd Field, Cross Creek, Smuggler Teaming on ‘Beautiful Ruins’

Field set to direct, write and produce Walters' novel

Todd Field is teaming with Cross Creek Pictures and Smuggler Films to produce a feature adaptation of Jess Walter’s bestseller “Beautiful Ruins.”

Field will direct and produce through his Standard Film Company with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson and Smuggler Films’ Patrick Milling Smith and Brian Carmody. Adam Kassan will oversee production for Cross Creek.

Field and Walter will write the screenplay. The story is set in 1962 off the Ligurian Sea on the Italian Coast, where an American actress comes to stay in a hotel owned by the family of a young man named Pasquale. The story is set in motion in Rome during the shooting of  “Cleopatra” with Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor and also jumps to Hollywood and Florence.

Field produced, directed and co-wrote “In the Bedroom” in 2001 and “Little Children” in 2006.

Cross Creek is in post-production on Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush,” set for a September release from Universal, and is in production on “A Walk Among the Tombstones,” written and directed by Scott Frank and starring Liam Neeson.

It’s also developing the comedy “Bathing Suits,” written by Buck Henry; a Steve McQueen biopic written by James Gray and starring Jeremy Renner; and Whitey Bulger crime drama “Black Mass” toplining Johnny Depp.

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