Before the writer’s strike hit back in 2007, one of the films ready for production was a new Oliver Stone film set in Vietnam called Pinkville, which cover the events around the infamous My Lai Massacre. The film was set to star Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Woody Harrelson among others but United Artists pulled it from production after the strike hit.
Now Stone has revealed in the commentary track for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps that the project may be back on. He claims that he and star of the Wall Street sequel, Shia LaBeouf would re-team to try and get the project back on its feet. Last year Stone stated that the project wasn’t truly dead and that he could get it back up and running anytime:
Pinkville is not dead. I own it. I could activate it again. I don’t know if the time is right now with the Iraq War still going on, but I love that project and it’s an important one. My Lai is a forgotten piece of history that’s crucial to remember. You never know, these things come alive.
This is still all just pipe dreams but with Shia LaBeouf’s increasing star power and box office draw there is hope that this lost Vietnam epic could be somewhere on the horizon. It’s interesting that Stone doesn’t think that now is right with the Iraq War, could the film be another attack by Stone on the military? The My Lai Massacre was an unwarranted attack by US forces on a village in Vietnam where innocent civilians were killed. If this is what the story is based around with Stone in the director’s chair it isn’t likely the armed forces will be put in a very flattering light. We’ll keep you posted on any further updates on this long gestating project.