According to Deadline, Russell Crowe has entered negotiations to helm and star in The Water Diviner. Scripted by Andrew Anastasios and Andrew Knight, the period drama will mark Crowe’s feature film directorial debut.
Should the project come to fruition the New Zealand-born actor would fulfill his long-awaited dream that has included the WWII film The Long Green Shore and the surfing drama Bra Boys, but none of them came to pass.
The Water Diviner will reportedly shoot in Australia and Turkey later this year. Troy Lum and Andrew Mason of Hopscotch Features will team up with Keith Rodger of Fear Of God Films to produce it.
The film takes place in 1919 revolving around an Australian father – who would be played by Crowe – who travels to Turkey to find his two sons who go missing after the World War I battle of Gallipoli. The sons have not been cast yet.
Crowe just appeared in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot Man of Steel and he has some time before promotional rounds begin for the Darren Aronofsky-directed Biblical epic Noah next spring, so perhaps he will squeeze The Water Diviner in first.
Crowe will next be seen in Akiva Goldsman’s directorial debut Winter’s Tale that is currently in post production.