What do you get when you team up James Bond with director Martin Campbell? Only some of the best installments of the 007 franchise, namely Goldeneye and Casino Royale. But what about when it's James Bond without the franchise? Campbell and Goldeneye's Bond, Pierce Brosnan, are set to reteam for two movies, one of them a newly announced Ernest Hemingway adaptation.
First, though, they're currently in the midst of shooting The Foreigner. The action thriller, based on Stephen Leather's 1992 novel The Chinaman, also stars Jackie Chan as a London restaurant owner who takes revenge on the Irish Republican Army, having lost his daughter to the terrorist organization. Brosnan plays a lawyer with ties to the IRA whom Chan's character hounds for information.
After that adaptation is done, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Brosnan and Campbell will make Across the River and Into the Trees, based on Hemingway's 1950 novel of the same name. This time, Brosnan will play the protagonist, a 50-year-old American colonel still in Italy following World War II. In the book, his experiences in the war and a recent romance with a much younger countess are reflected upon as he embarks on a duck hunting trip and awaits death from heart disease.
The wartime stuff at least is inspired by true events, with Brosnan's charcter being loosely based on Charles "Buck" Lanham, who fought in the French campaign from Normandy through the Battle of the Bulge. He befriended the author, who was there covering for Colliers, along the way (see them pictured together above). The real colonel didn't die soon after the war's end, however.
He also didn't have a romance with a young countess, who is instead based on an 18-year-old Italian aristocrat's daughter whom Hemingway met and befriended on a duck-hunting trip. The script for Across the River is by Peter Flannery (Funny Bones) and Oscar nominee Michael Radford (Il Postino).