Christopher McQuarrie Scripting UNFORGIVEN Role for Angelina Jolie

     August 25, 2010

Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie) is currently working on a draft of a remake of Unforgiven, with Angelina Jolie in mind for the lead role.  Don’t worry, it’s not that Unforgiven: the source material in question is the 2009 British miniseries led by Suranne Jones.  According to Deadline, McQuarrie’s script centers on “a woman’s attempt to rejoin society after she serves a fifteen-year prison stretch for the murder of two policemen… but the paroled woman is targeted for a revenge campaign by two sons of one of her victims.”  The report indicates that Jolie will not commit to this (nor any other film) without a finished screenplay — GK Films is fast-tracking development.

McQuarrie co-wrote The Tourist, which sees Jolie opposite Johnny Depp starting December 10th.  McQuarrie recently finished work on the  script for the Japan-set sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine.  Jolie is in the early stages of development on her directorial debut, a Bosnian War film.  Hit the jump for a full synopsis of ITV’s Unforgiven miniseries.


Ruth has spent half of her life imprisoned, and now faces the daunting prospect of rebuilding her life whilst being irresistibly drawn to the place that haunts her, Upper Hanging Stones Farm. In spite of trying to focus on the future and her new boyfriend Brad (Will Mellor), Ruth is unable to forget her past and the sister, Katie, who she was forced to leave behind.

Outraged to hear that the woman who killed their father has been released, Kieran (Jack Deam) and Steve Whelan (Matthew McNulty) are eager to seek revenge.  Believing that life should mean life, the two brothers decide to take the law into their own hands. But just how far are they capable of going? Can they really do to her what she did to their father?

As the details about Ruth’s past become known, maintaining a job, friendship and a relationship become increasingly arduous. Ruth soon realises that the ramifications of her release spread further than she could have imagined, with far reaching implications for everyone involved. [ITV]

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