Will â€œThe Last Full Measureâ€ finally make it to the big screen after a long wait?
According to â€œGettysburgâ€ and â€œGods & Generalsâ€ director Ronald F. Maxwell, Civil War fans may have to wait a little longer.
In an exclusive phone interview with Latino-Review, Maxwell carefully updated the status of adapting Jeffrey Shaaraâ€™s book about the Civil War after Gettysburg. He was promoting an indie Civil War film â€œCopperhead,â€ which is in select theaters later this week.
â€œI would love to do the third part of the trilogy. Itâ€™s a big movie like the other two, which is an epic genre,â€ he told Latino-Review. â€œThe epic part is the time to tell the story. And itâ€™s because it has to cover the [battles of] the Wilderness and Petersburg to [events at] the Appomattox, itâ€™s going to need three plus hours again. Itâ€™ll be a big budget [film].â€
Maxwell is still hopeful for complete the trilogy.
â€œSo never say never,â€ he added. â€œItâ€™s not even on the backburner. Itâ€™s on no burner right now. But, if â€˜Copperheadâ€™ does well, all bets are off. Then people who invest in these kind of movies can say â€˜Hey! Maybe there is an audience for Civil War material.â€™â€
Although â€œThe Last Full Measureâ€ is going nowhere, Maxwellâ€™s western â€œBelle Starrâ€ may finally be moving forward.
â€œItâ€™s a classic western. The difference being is that the lead is a woman. Itâ€™s based on the book â€˜Belle Starrâ€™ written by Speer Morgan, which is a terrific book. We got it slated to go next summer,â€ he explained.
â€œBelle Starrâ€ is about the notorious western outlaw from 1860s till her mysterious death in 1889. She was also known as the â€œQueen of the Oklahoma Outlaws,â€ â€œBandit Queen,â€ and the â€œFemale Jesse James.â€
Maxwell optioned the film rights of the book back in 2007.
The full interview with Maxwell on Civil War indie pic “Copperhead” will be published on Latino-Review later this week.