David Grann is one of the best non-fiction writers today. If you’ve never read his work, you know him from his passionate “The Lost City of Z” adaptation, and it’s highly predictable that Martin Scorsese will take over the film.” Killers of the Flower Moon” is completely sassy. Before getting the green light for these films, Petersen, who had been inactive since “Poseidon” (his mid-range remake was “The Poseidon Adventure”), broke the deep profile of Grann about a career criminal who chose to go out and do what he was loved for.
Nothing in Petersen’s book is in sync with this story, which makes it one of his most unfortunate missed opportunities. He’s capable of portraying such nuanced characters (“Das Boot” is a professionally curated synopsis of human emotion), so you wonder if Petersen, near the end his career, want to do something sweet and quiet like his Hollywood swan song.
David Lowery embarked on the film with Robert Redford. It’s very pretty, but it’s very much in Lowery’s wheelhouse. I want to see Petersen’s version.
https://www.slashfilm.com/967781/batman-vs-superman-the-old-man-and-the-gun-and-more-projects-wolfgang-petersen-almost-directed/ Batman Vs. Superman, The Old Man And The Gun, and many more projects that Wolfgang Petersen is about to direct