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Jaume Collet-Serra to direct Waco movie for Zero Dark Thirty’s Mark Boal

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Our film staff was less than impressed with Jaume Collet-Serra’s last genre offering, 2016’s woman-versus-giant-shark thriller The Shallows. (Reviewer Ignatiy Vishnevetsky compared it unfavorably to Collet-Serra’s earlier entry in the “Liam Neeson shoots people” genre, Non-Stop.) Now, Deadline reports that Collet-Serra is moving away from gimmicks and man-eating predators and into the real world, having been tapped to direct a film based on the deadly Waco siege of 1993.

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Written by Zero Dark Thirtys Mark Boal and Kubo And The Two Strings’ Marc Haimes, Waco hopes to tell the story of the 51-day Texas stand-off between government forces and members of David Koresh’s Branch Davidian group, which ended with a lethal fire and 76 people dead. The film will track Koresh’s rise, as well as the government’s response. “Waco was a turning point in history in the battle between the FBI and the far right in America,” said Boal, who also praised Collet-Serra as an unsung hitmaker. “Jaume is a filmmaker who has proven himself to have a strong connection to mainstream audiences,” Boal said. “His work also shows a high level of artistic ambition, and this is an opportunity to combine those elements in telling a story that started in a small Texas town and reached up to the highest levels of government.”

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