The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Tommy Lee Jones will direct and star in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, an indie feature written by 21 Grams scribe Guillermo Arriaga.

The story follows ranch hand Pete Perkins (Jones), who attempts to keep a promise to a recently deceased friend by making sure that he is buried in his hometown in Mexico.

Production begins in mid-September in Texas with two-time Oscar winner Chris Menges serving as cinematographer. It is Jones' first feature directorial assignment. In 1995, he helmed the made-for-television film "The Good Old Boys," which he adapted from Elmer Kelton's book of the same name.

Brian B.