Deadline is exclusively reporting that Netflix are in final talks with the directors and stars of Hell or High Water to reteam for epic period drama based on Robert The Bruce, Outlaw King.
Though Netflix haven’t commented, the reporter states that they’ve heard that the plan is for David Mackenzie to direct, with Chris Pine to play the Scottish King and Ben Foster to play James Douglas, the knight who became the king’s chief adviser. Base Doran has written the draft script, while Gillian Berrie of Sigma Films is serving as producer on the project alongside Anonymous Content’s Richard Brown and Steve Golin.
While Robert The Bruce appeared in Mel Gibson’s Braveheart, this feature will focus on Robert The Bruce casting aside the comforts of his upbringing to stand up for his countrymen in a long campaign against the Brits, ruthlessly consolidated rule among the squabbling noble elite of Scotland and rallying forces to turn back Edward II’s armies to free Scotland. The report states that a love story will play a major part in the film between the King and his Queen, Elizabeth de Burgh, a daughter of an England-friendly Irish noble who helped Robert The Bruce form the backbone needed to eradicate the Brits.
David Mackenzie has been in high demand since Hell or High Water came out, which earned four Oscar nominations including Best Picture. Outlaw King has been a longtime passion project for the director, who wants to reunite with Pine and Foster. The film is scheduled to commence shooting in Scotland in August.