LOS ANGELES — Madeleine Stowe is so good at being bad on ABC’s ”Revenge” she could delay a dream project one more year.
Set to direct her first film — a romantic western called ”The Unbound Captives” — Stowe has a brief window of opportunity in the spring to get it done. ”We’re dealing with weather issues and everything has to fall right,” she says.
If that doesn’t happen — because she has to keep on shooting the drama — she’ll have to regroup.
Nerve-wracking? Yes, particularly since Stowe left the business to write the screenplay.
”The story really appealed to me,” she says. ”It’s a love story about a very specific piece of history.”
Stowe based the screenplay on tales she heard while living on a ranch in Texas. ”Comanches were abducting white women and the women didn’t want to come back. It’s set between 1859 and 1867.”
Perplexed about how to write the story’s violence, Stowe called on her husband, actor Brian Benben, to help. ”He’s into American Indians, their habits and society. He knew the mechanics, so I asked him to help.”
Naturally, the two had disagreements. ”We fought constantly…it was a horror show,” Stowe says with a laugh. ”Finally, I’d write something on my own, then he’d write something on his own.”
The script was purchased and Stowe was encouraged to direct. Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson were signed to star. And then? ”Revenge” entered the picture.
Not really looking for an acting job, Stowe realized there was a twist to the story that could be quite fun to play. ”It had the potential to go really deep and psychological in a Hitchcockian way.”
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