It appears that the Next Big Thing in movies today is the Gold Rush of the late 19th century, if two movies are enough to make a Big Thing. There's Gold in the Snow, with Robert Redford, and now there's The Floor of Heaven, a nonfiction account by Howard Blum of a chapter in gold rush history about Charlie Siringo, a cowboy-turned-detective who investigates the theft of some pretty expensive gold bars.

No word yet on who will direct or star, considering there isn't even a screenplay yet. So it looks like we won't be having an Armageddon/Deep Impact situation on our hands.

This sounds really cool to me, especially since I love gold rush movies (you should check out The Treasure of the Sierra Madre ASAP if you haven't seen it). (via Deadline)