Long-gesting western thriller eyes Bale.

Variety has confirmed reports that ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ star Christian Bale has entered into negotiations to lead ‘The Creed of Violence,’ an adaptation of Boston Teran’s acclaimed 2010 book of the same name that has actor-turned-filmmaker Todd Field (‘Little Children,’ ‘In The Bedroom’) directing.

‘The Creed of Violence’ portrays the 1910 Mexican Revolution via the gun sights of an unlikely duo: Rawbone, a hardened small-time assassin, and John Lourdes, a Bureau of Investigation agent. The two are thrown together when Rawbone is caught smuggling munitions from Texas into Mexico and Rawbone’s lawyer arranges a deal – immunity in exchange for Rawbone sharing his criminal intel. A bargain is struck and the two find themselves forced to work together to infiltrate the Mexican criminal underground, encountering thieves, smugglers and professional killers.

The trade stresses that the Bales’s deal is far from being finalized.

Field and his producers, Brian Oliver and Michael De Luca, are aiming to kick off production early 2013, with filming to take pace in both the American Southwest and Mexico.