Helmer to tackle true-crime thriller…

Peter Landesman, the writer-director behind the upcoming John F. Kennedy drama ‘Parkland,’ has been tapped to write and direct the revenge thriller ‘Down by the River,’ reports Deadline.

Inspired by the non-fiction book of the same name by Charles Bowden, the story centres on a DEA official whose younger brother is murdered in broad daylight in El Paso, Texas. “After discovering the hit was ordered by the drug kingpin across the river in Juarez, Mexico, possibly as retribution for the agent’s past actions, the DEA official heads across the border for some big-time revenge — not only against the killers but the DEA as well.”

Landesman calls the source material “haunting and epic, it winds and digs deep into the grey zone of the US/Mexican border. We are using the true story chronicled in this book as a launching point, and the facts are like a punch in the gut.”

‘Parkland,’ which looks at the JFK assassination through the eyes of several characters on the periphery of the tragedy, opens in Irish cinemas November 8th.