Posted on Monday, December 27th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
Michael Mann may run behind Guillermo Del Toro in the race for ‘most possible projects’ but at this point I think he’s neck and neck with Lee Daniels for second place. The filmmaker has a number of potential new films in the works in addition to his HBO show Luck: Agincourt, which takes place at the famous battle of the same name, Chicago mobster movie Big Tuna, and, possibly, a new film version of For Whom the Bell Tolls.
And then there’s Capa, based on the life of war photographer Robert Capa, in particular the short romance he shared with Gerda Taro, also a photographer. Now it seems like Gemma Arterton is set for the latter role, with Andrew Garfield a possible actor to play Mr. Capa.
I’m aiming for even more diversity. Capa [biopic about the combat photographer Robert Capa] is confirmed, so I should be working with your hottest actor, Andy Garfield! [Garfield is lined up to play Capa, Arterton plays his partner, Gerda Taro, the first female photojournalist to cover the front lines of a war] and of course there’s Clash 2…
(Eva Green was once slated for the role of Gerda Taro.)
The film will be based on the novel Waiting For Robert Capa, following the two-year romance between the photographers that began in 1935 in Paris and ended at the Battle of Brunnete. Jez Butterworth is writing the script.
Waiting for Robert Capa is based in the love story and professional relationship between a young German woman called Gerta Pohorylle and a young Hungarian man called Endre Friedmann since they met in Paris in 1935 until she died in the Spanish Civil war in 1937. Both communists, Jewish, exiled and photographers, they decided to change their names in order to sell better their works and so became Gerda Taro (as an hommage to the Japanese Taro Okamoto) and Robert Capa (a mix of Robert Taylor and Frank Capra, so he could seem an American photographer). With these new identities, they arrived to Spain to inform about the Civil War.
Love, war and photography marked their lives. They were young, antifascist, good-looking and nonconformist. They had everything in life and they put everything at risk. They created their own legend and remained faithful to it until the last consequences.