Posted on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 by Angie Han
Following a successful collaboration on Lincoln, Steven Spielberg and author Doris Kearns Goodwin are teaming up to tell the tale of two more iconic American presidents.
Spielberg’s DreamWorks Studios has picked up the rights to Goodwin’s The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, which details the friendship and eventual bitter rivalry between the two historical figures. Hit the jump for more on their juicy tale, and DreamWorks’ plans for it.
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Ben Affleck is a busy guy. He’s shooting Gone Girl now, for director David Fincher, and then will put on Batman’s outfit for Zack Snyder and Batman vs. Superman. Plus, he’s got his own next directorial effort, Live By Night, ready to go forward. Or it was ready to go, before Snyder’s movie got in the way; but by the time Affleck is done with the bat-suit he should be able to get moving quickly on the Dennis Lehane adaptation.
But Affleck has other stuff in the pipeline, too, and the latest is a new, currently untitled story that is “an examination of the moral ambiguities of how philanthropy and foreign assistance veers into modern day neocolonialism.” In case that sounds too heady, it’s also an action movie. Read More »
Imagine this: a sequel to Dr. Strangelove called Son of Strangelove, conceived by Stanley Kubrick, scripted by original Strangelove screenwriter Terry Southern, and directed by Terry Gilliam. That’s a pipe dream that might have been a reality, according to Gilliam.
The director, now doing interviews for his new film The Zero Theorem, says that he only heard of this notion after Kubrick died, but the story he relates lines up with some details we know about the actual development of a sequel idea. Read More »
South Korean director Bong Joon-ho has, by many accounts, created a heck of a film in Snowpiercer, which tells the story of class warfare and revolution on a train that speeds the last remnants of humanity through a snowy post-apocalyptic landscape. Chris Evans leads a cast that also features John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, Ed Harris, Ewen Bremner, Octavia Spencer, Kang-ho Song and Ko Asung. The film broke box-office records in South Korea when released earlier this year, and is now rolling out to other countries.
So when will we see Snowpiercer in the US? Good question. The Weinstein Company owns distribution rights, and has yet to set a date. Another question might be when we’ll see the original international cut, which has been shortened for the US release — that one really remains up in the air.
For the time being we’ll have to be content with trailers from around the world. The latest comes from France, and it’s a terrific look at the film. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
You may recall that a couple of years back, Lee Daniels was debating between two civil-rights themed projects. He ultimately settled on the White House drama The Butler, which opens next month. But the other, Selma, hasn’t been forgotten entirely — it’s just in new hands now.
Ava DuVernay, the rising star behind last year’s Sundance drama Middle of Nowhere, has taken over the project. David Oyelowo remains attached to play MLK, as he has since 2010. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Later this year, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will take a break from the show to direct his first film, Rosewater. The movie is a fictionalized account of journalist Maziar Bahari’s experience in an Iranian prison, where he was held for almost three months on suspicion of spying.
Now Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast as Bahari, adding another layer of interest to a film that was already bound to receive some close scrutiny. Read More »
The film and TV businesses have melded and merged in a way that would have been unfathomable a decade or two ago. Directors and actors regularly bounce between films and television in a way that implicitly argues that the divisions between the two are technical at best.
Once, the notion that someone would do a TV pilot after winning the Best Director Oscar would have seemed crazy. But Ang Lee has just been announced as the director and executive producer of the pilot for the FX show Tyrant. The project was developed by Homeland exec producer Howard Gordon, and Gideon Raff, who created Homeland‘s inspiration, the Israeli show Hatufim (Prisoners of War).
The show will follow the life of “an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation.” More info is below, via the press release. Read More »
Jon Stewart is taking the summer off from The Daily Show, leaving the comedy newscast in the capable hands of John Oliver for eight of the twelve weeks Stewart will be away. There’s good reason for the host’s break from the show, however: he’s doing to direct his first feature film.
In 2011 Stewart announced on the show that he had optioned Maziar Bahari‘s book Then They Came For Me, which tells of Bahari’s capture and imprisonment in Iran, where he was jailed and interrogated for 118 days in 2009. Stewart wrote a script based on the book, and will direct the film, Rosewater, later this year. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Over the past decade, we’ve grown well acquainted with Judd Apatow‘s improv-heavy, raunchy-sweet brand of comedy. But the filmmaker isn’t content to rest on his laurels. Instead, he’s considering branching out with a different type of project altogether.
In a recent profile, Apatow revealed his ambition to write a play about the criminal justice system. To make matters even more surprising, it may actually end up being a drama. More after the jump.
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