With a planned budget of $60 million to $65 million, the independently financed “Andrew Jackson and the Battle for New Orleans” is being targeted for a possible 2016 release, with shooting to begin as early as this summer. Envisioned by Ken Atchity as a sweeping action epic in the vein of 2000’s “The Patriot” and 1995’s Oscar-winning “Braveheart,” the film will be shot entirely within a 30-mile radius of New Orleans, he said.
There are two unfortunate pieces of news in this article. One, Braveheart?! Two, haven’t these filmmakers heard of a certain fascinating biography that takes a broader view of Jackson as a southerner?
Let’s hope Jean Lafitte, played by Johnny Depp, doesn’t make an appearance.
H/t Kevin McCann