Thanks to the Trib's Shelly Conlon for passing this tidbit on: There's now going to be a "Waco" movie about the 1993 Branch Davidian siege and fire.
Deadline Hollywood reports that Annapurna Pictures has tabbed Spanish director Jaume Collet-Serra to direct the movie from a script by Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Mark Haimes ("Kubo and the Two Strings").
You can guess the tack that the movie will take on the subject with scriptwriter Boal's comments that "Waco was a turning point in history in the battle between the FBI and the far right in America. It is a collision between a militant faction, the Second Amendment and the right to religious freedom."
At least the story gets the geography of the incident correct: "the sleepy town of Elk, just outside of Waco," although "town" may be a generous description.
In another development on the "Waco" mini-series that currently is being shot in New Mexico, reported back in April by Variety, "Supergirl" star Melissa Benoist has been cast as David Koresh's wife Rachel - or, as the article has it, "the legal wife of David Koresh" - in the series with Julia Garner as Rachel's sister Michelle Jones.
Other actors of note have been added to the mini-series cast. Rory Culkin, brother of Macaulay and Kieran Culkin, will play Branch Davidian David Thibodeau while John Leguizamo will play undercover ATF agent Robert Rodriguez.
Scrolling down the cast list on the Internet Movie Database, we also see Ralph Alderman as "Sheriff Harwell," which I'm assuming is based on then McLennan County Sheriff Jack Harwell, with Mike Miller as "Editor," Mari Spinelli as "Reporter" and Kyle Pierson as "KKUG 13 Cameraman."
The parts that the Waco Tribune-Herald and KWTX-TV played in the investigation of Koresh and the Branch Davidians and coverage of the shoot-out obviously aren't sexy enough to go beyond generics . . .