Ang Lee is circling ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ as his next film


EOODir_640_LeeEven if I wasn’t amazingly enamored with Life of Pi, I did like Ang Lee‘s Oscar winning direction quite a bit (though he has Ben Affleck‘s Academy Award…there, I said it), so I’m pretty interested in what he’s going to do next. He’s got a few things potentially on his dance card, but what’s cropped to the front of the line is apparently the satire Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, according to sources. A well regarded book (one I’m actually planning to start reading very soon, ironically), it would be a change of pace for Lee, but an intriguing one to be sure. Written by Ben Fountain, the book could definitely become an awards vehicle as a film, so consider me interested. We’ll see if Lee ends up making the flick, but I’m down for him to work on a smaller scale, at least this next time out. Take a look at the details of the novel below, but stay tuned for more on Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk when we know it. Especially if Lee makes the movie, it’ll be one to watch out for…

Here’s the description from Amazon:

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction and a finalist for the National Book Award!

From the PEN/Hemingway Award-winning author of the critically acclaimed short story collection, Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, comes Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (“The Catch-22 of the Iraq War” —Karl Marlantes).

A razor-sharp satire set in Texas during America’s war in Iraq, it explores the gaping national disconnect between the war at home and the war abroad.

Ben Fountain’s remarkable debut novel follows the surviving members of the heroic Bravo Squad through one exhausting stop in their media-intensive “Victory Tour” at Texas Stadium, football mecca of the Dallas Cowboys, their fans, promoters, and cheerleaders.

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