Briefly: Two competing Jungle Book films are in the works but one just fell back to second place in the race. The Warner Bros. version, written by Callie Kloves, was aiming to have Babel director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu direct. That’s not going to happen, due to scheduling. The news makes Disney’s version, directed by Jon Favreau with an already-scheduled October 9, 2015 release date, the clear front runner. Warner Bros. now has to scramble for a new director. [Deadline]
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Briefly: The new film from Babel, 21 Grams, and Biutiful director Alejandro González Iñárritu is a comedy of sorts, Birdman, about a washed-up superhero. But since we haven’t seen that yet it’s difficult to think of the director outside the dour confines of his major features. And so it’s weird to think about him making a version of The Jungle Book, based on Rudyard Kipling‘s novel about a young boy who is raised by animals.
Granted, this isn’t the Disney version, which has Jon Favreau attached to direct. This Jungle Book is at Warner Bros. — a studio that likes its big movies to be a lot more serious than what Disney would be after — and has a script from Callie Kloves with Steve Kloves (Harry Potter) producing. How will it be different from the Disney version? There’s no doubt that the tone will be darker, or more “realistic,” but otherwise we don’t have much indication.
At this point Iñárritu is not signed, and there’s no indication of how the film will be cast. [Deadline]
Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a comedy, Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s upcoming Birdman falls well outside the director’s usual misery-soaked wheelhouse. But one thing that hasn’t changed is his ability to attract major talent.
In a brilliant bit of casting, former Batman star Michael Keaton has been chosen for the lead role of a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero. Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Edward Norton round out the rest of the cast. Hit the jump to read more.
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Posted on Monday, February 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
While it was anyone’s guess who’d win the Super Bowl last night, the movie awards ceremonies this weekend were more predictable. Argo continued its steamroll through awards season, picking up a DGA award for Ben Affleck to go with the film’s earlier PGA, SAG, and Globes victories, while PGA winner Wreck-It Ralph took the top prize at the Annies.
Oscar favorites Searching for Sugar Man and Paperman also proved popular on the movie front, as did Jay Roach, Rian Johnson, and Lena Dunham in the small-screen world. Hit the jump to read the winners.
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Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s no exaggeration to say Alejandro González Iñárritu has built his career on human misery. Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel, and Biutiful were thoughtful, inspiring, even beautiful in their own ways, but one thing they weren’t was cheerful. But apparently there’s only so much gloom and doom even he can take. The renowned Mexican filmmaker is switching gears completely with his next picture, which will be an honest-to-God comedy called Birdman. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, April 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
Chatter about who could or should direct the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire began the second word got out that the first film’s helmer, Gary Ross, might be leaving the franchise. And now that his departure’s officially been confirmed, the conversation has further heated up, not just among fans but among Lionsgate studio execs as well.
A search has begun in earnest for Ross’ replacement, and if the first three names we’ve heard are indicative of the direction that Lionsgate is going, Ross’ exit could actually end up being a blessing in disguise. Among the filmmakers supposedly in the mix are Alfonso Cuarón, David Cronenberg, and Alejandro González Iñárritu. Read more after the jump.
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Michael Punke‘s novel The Revenant, a dire revenge tale set in raw 1800s America, has been in the hands of Warner Bros for almost a decade. John Hillcoat was once linked to the film, with Christian Bale said to be attached to star; prior to that Park Chan-wook and Samuel L. Jackson were linked. As you read more info on the tale of a man wronged and bent on retribution, you’ll quickly see why either of those pairings might have been a great idea. But those configurations aren’t happening.
There is a script by Mark L. Smith, and Akiva Goldsman is producing. And now Babel and Biutiful director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu is reportedly set to break out of the mode he established in those films by directing The Revenant. Read More »
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The holiday season release date shuffle continues. First Gulliver’s Travels was moved, then Blue Valentine, and next is the Golden Globe nominated Best Foreign Language film Biutiful, written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Javier Bardem. Originally scheduled for limited release December 29, it’ll now bow on January 28, right after the Oscar nominations are announced. (EDIT: The limited release date remains the same, so if you’re in LA/NYC you can see the film this month. Everyone else gets the movie in January.) Bardem won best actor at Cannes this year and the film is the Mexican entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.
Watch the trailer and read the official plot description after the jump. Read More »