Lawrence Kasdan is pushing the Star Wars franchise off to the side for a new film project called November Road that he will write and direct. The film is based on on an upcoming novel from Edgar Award-winning author Lou Berney and the story revolves around the period of the JFK assassination. Here’s the description that was provided:
In the spirit of No Country for Old Men, Man on Fire, and Witness, November Road is a story of second chances and redemption. It’s November 22, 1963, JFK has just been assassinated, and all Frank Guidry was supposed to do was get rid of the car – the same car, he realizes, that he had personally delivered to Dealey Plaza a week before. This connects him to the president’s murder and, when other loose ends begin dying all around him, Frank knows he’s next. Hunted by a ruthless hitman hired by his ex-boss, Frank heads across the desert where he meets Charlotte Roy, who is running away from her smalltown life and abusive alcoholic husband with two young daughters and an epileptic dog in tow. Guidry sees this instant family scenario as the perfect cover and while he might get her killed, Charlotte sees him as her best chance at a new life, if they can escape before his past catches up to him.
This seems like a great project for Kasdan to take on and this is what he had to say in a statement:
“November Road is a mesmerizing novel — a brutal, nerve-wracking crime thriller combined with a stirring, romantic love story. The book is populated by funny, surprising characters of many ages and will make a hugely entertaining and emotional movie.”
The author of the book went on to say that Kasdan is “one of the best filmmakers in the world, with a list of iconic films to his credit. He has just the right sensitivity and humanity for a book that crosses multiple genres but is ultimately a love story.”
Some of the Kasdan’s previous work includes Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, The Bodyguard, The Force Awakens, and Solo: A Star Wars Story. He also directing films such as The Big Chill, Body Heat, Silverado and The Accidental Tourist.