Tommy Lee Jones Finds The Homesman

Writing and directing the period drama

After spending a few years away from the director’s folding chair, Tommy Lee Jones is now eyeing a return, setting up pioneer drama The Homesman to write, produce and direct.

The story will find a pioneer woman who teams up with a claim-jumping n’er-do-well (Jones) to guide three insane women on a tough quest from Nebraska to Iowa.

It may not sound like the most commercial of prospects, but then, Jones is not known for making blockbuster fare, preferring to tackle tighter character studies. His last stint behind the megaphone was 2005’s The Three Burials Of Melquiades Estrada, though he did also produce and direct The Sunset Limited as a TV movie for HBO last year, which saw him starring alongside Samuel L Jackson. He’s currently in the process of putting together the financing he needs, including looking to make a deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp.

Jones was last seen in front of the camera in Captain America, and will next crop up in Men In Black 3 (out May 25) and Hope Springs (next January). He’ll also appear in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, which hits our screens next year.