Barry Levinson Directing Boone’s Lick

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Production Weekly says Barry Levinson is in talks to direct Boone’s Lick, an adaptation of Larry McMurtry’s 19th century American West novel, scripted by the author and Diana Ossana. Tom Hanks and Julianne Moore are attached to play the leads.

Location scouting has begun in Wyoming, with production scheduled to begin late summer. McMurtry and Ossana received an Oscar for their adaptation of Annie L. Proulx’s novella Brokeback Mountain.

The Western revolves around a headstrong woman who drags her family on a rickety wagon from Boone’s Lick, Mo., to the Wyoming fort where her husband lives.

Moore will play the woman and Hanks will play her husband’s brother, who escorts the woman, her four children and her father on the trek and falls in love with her during the perilous journey.