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We're slowly coming to the sad realization that we may have to finally abandon our irrational hope that Paul Haggis' double Oscar win would somehow result in an unprecedented blackballing from the entertainment industry, as the densely pawed writer/director continues to pile up gigs at a dismaying pace. Today's Variety reports that Haggis has decided on his next directing job:

Paul Haggis — who'd been expected to follow "Crash" with an adaptation of Richard Clarke's 9/11 expose "Against All Enemies" — is changing course.

He's in talks to next direct Tommy Lee Jones and Charlize Theron in "The Garden of Elah," eyeing a late-year start date for the drama. [...]

Jones will play a career soldier whose son mysteriously goes AWOL, shortly after returning to the U.S. from the front lines in Iraq. Theron will play a local police detective who helps him get to the bottom of the soldier's disappearance.

You know what? We'll go right on believing that any day now, the studios will suddenly come to their senses, and collude to force Haggis back into a career of Facts of Life reunion specials and long-overdue reimaginings of Walker, Texas Ranger for Spike TV. We're not ready to let Hollywood smash our dreams quite yet.