United Artists is wrapping up talks with Oliver Stone to helm PINKVILLE, a Vietnam War drama chronicling the events of the 1968 My Lai Massacre, according to the trades. Bruce Willis and Channing Tatum have already signed on to star, with Michael Pena in negotiations to join the cast as well.
Based on a script by Mikko Alanne, the real-life tale will follow Army general William R. Peers (Willis) as he investigates the slaughter of women, children and the elderly at the hands of U.S. troops in the village of My Lai. During his investigation, he speaks with Army pilot Hugh Thompson Jr. (Tatum), who flew his helicopter between the villagers and soldiers to stop the killing, and Capt. Ernest Medina (Pena), the CO responsible for the killings.
UA is trying to secure $40 million for the production, and hopes to start filming next year. MGM will distribute the film.