'The Alamo' Gets Rewrite By Gaghan

Scribe Stephen Gaghan has signed on to pen a high-profile rewrite for Ron Howard's upcoming period pic, "The Alamo," at Disney, reports Variety.

"The Alamo" is expected to be Ron Howard's next, and is being produced by Howard and Brian Grazer's U-based Imagine Entertainment.

Crowe will be one of the ensemble cast of "Alamo." Though neither Grazer, Howard nor Crowe's deals are closed, all three parties are negotiating with the studio for a potential December start to lens on location in Texas -- contingent on the script being locked.

Originally penned by John Sayles, "Alamo" was at one time aiming for as early as a September start, though script delays and actor availability are understood to have played some role in the date change.

"Alamo" is expected to deal with many of the historical complexities -- including the Mexican point of view -- that were glossed over in John Wayne's 1960 film. Alamo heroes William Barret Travis' serial marital infidelities, Jim Bowie's slave trading and Davy Crockett's overall political incorrectness will also be addressed.

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