Annapurna Hires Jaume Collet-Serra to Direct ‘Waco’


Jaume Collet-Serra will direct the upcoming Annapurna film “Waco,” according to Deadline.

The film is about the 1993 stand-off between David Koresh’s Branch Davidians and the FBI outside of Waco, Texas. That standoff gripped the country’s attention. It lasted nearly two months, ending when Koresh’s followers burned their compound to the ground. In all, 76 people died, including children. The film will show the development of the cult and the rise of leader Koresh.

Collet-Serra is known for directing “Orphan,” “Non Stop,” and “The Shallows.” He is currently in production on “The Commuter,” a thriller starring Liam Neeson, Patrick Wilson, and Vera Farmiga, which is set for January 2018.

Mark Boal, who won Academy Awards for writing and producing “The Hurt Locker,” wrote the screenplay for “Waco” and is also producing. Marc Haimes co-wrote the script. His last writing project was “Kubo and the Two Strings.” The producing team also includes Megan EllisonMatthew Budman, Hugo Lindgren and Jon Leven.

The cast has not been announced and there is not a release date.

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