Columbia Pictures' announced that All the King's Men will be released nationally on September 22, 2006.
Based on Robert Penn Warren's 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, All the King's Men is a classic of American literature that tells the story of an idealistic man of the people who soon becomes corrupted by success and caught between dreams of service and an insatiable lust for power.
With a screenplay written and directed by Zaillian, who received an Academy Award® for his adaptation of Schindler's List, All The King's Men features an all-star cast including Oscar® winner Sean Penn (Mystic River), Jude Law (Closer), Kate Winslet (Finding Neverland), James Gandolfini (The Sopranos), Mark Ruffalo (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Patricia Clarkson (Pieces of April) and Academy Award® winner Anthony Hopkins (Silence of the Lambs).
While a uniquely American story, the message of All the King's Men is universal and very relevant today. It uses politics as a framework to delve into the more profound conflicts of human nature -- sin, guilt and redemption. Warren's novel was inspired by the career of Louisiana governor Huey P. Long and had a profound effect on contemporary literature, serving as a model for some of the best-selling political novels of the past half-century.
Zaillian received an Oscar® for his screenplay Schindler's List directed by Steven Spielberg. He was also nominated for Awakenings and Gangs of New York. He has directed the films Searching for Bobby Fischer and A Civil Action.