NYCC 2011: Jason Momoa Talks About Planned Writing/Directing Project

With it looking doubtful that Jason Momoa probably won’t be reprising his role of Conan the Barbarian after the film of the same name failed at the box office this past summer, the actor is looking to expand his resume in a different way by directing a film which he has also written.

During an appearance at the New York Comic Con this past weekend, the actor talked about a script he has written and is planning on directing and starring in titled Road To Paloma that draws a bit on his own Native American lineage from his father’s side.

I wrote a script that I’m going to direct. It basically tackles some of the horrible things happening on Native American reservations.  There’s a bit of a loop hole where if a white man came onto tribal land and raped a woman, he would have to be tried in federal court. Tribal law couldn’t prosecute him. The problem is that Federal Court is doing a million other things so 95% of these cases are being thrown out. It’s a bit of a free-for-all.

My [character’s] mother is raped and she is in a coma. The guy is released and it’s basically me living with the repercussions and taking revenge.But you’re going to be either dead or on the run or in jail. In the meantime he goes to get his mother’s ashes while he’s on the run so he can take her back home. It’s a road movie. And very much in the light of Jack Kerouac.

Momoa gave no indication as to whether he had any financing to get the project off the ground but I’m certainly intrigued by his description enough to keep an eye out for more news.

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