Though many have milked the rumors that Oscar-winning Milk scribe Dustin Lance Black would write Gus Van Sant’s untitled film starring Taylor Lautner, Black himself tells EW that he is not attached to the project. At the premiere for J. Edgar Thursday night, the scribe caught up with EW to chat about his affiliation with the project. “I’m not writing that,” Black says. “I wasn’t asked. I love Gus and I’m friends with Taylor, but there is no truth to those rumors.”
Black, however, stresses that his schedule is responsible for his not writing the hush-hush film, which is based on a New Yorker article. “It’s not that I wouldn’t be interested, but I already lined up my next project and am already busy working on that,” says Black, who is attached to pen the adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s Under the Banner of Heaven.
Still, Black tells EW that those skeptical about Lautner’s ability to shine in an indie film should prepare for a good performance. We may just see a new side to the New Moon actor. “Gus has been so adept in the past at getting people to get to their best performances and I would really love to see Taylor at his best and I don’t know that we’ve see it yet,” he says. “I think that if someone can help him find the best him on screen, it’s Gus.”
(Reporting by Carrie Bell)