Barry Levinson has worked steadily for the last few years on films that weren’t exactly high-profile smashes (Man of the Year, What Just Happened) but scored big with the Jack Kevorkian film You Don’t Know Jack for HBO. He is finishing up the enviro-horror film The Bay right now.

And the director now has a follow-up film set. He will direct O.K.C., an indie about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, which was the largest terrorist attack on US soil prior to 9/11. Read More »

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Late last year we heard that Barry Levinson (Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man) was going into production on a low-budget ‘eco-horror’ film that was originally referred to as Isopod. The basic story for what became called The Bay was said to feature “the aftermath of a viral outbreak on the Eastern Seaboard” and it sounded as if the film would be built from a collection of character-filmed footage, emergency reports and other sources. (The Paranormal Activity team of Oren Peli, Steven Schneider and Brian Kavanagh Jones are producing, contributing to the expectation for something pretty low-fi.)

Now there’s a new synopsis for the film, which makes things a little bit more clear. Read More »

A couple weeks back, there was some really early word that Barry Levinson would be making a film with sci-fi overtones. Called Isopod, the movie was reportedly a thriller that would shoot in the Carolinas. Now there’s a lot more detail, starting off with a title change: Isopod is now called The Bay. Read More »

Barry Levinson to Make Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Isopod’?

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Briefly: We don’t have a lot to go on right now, but according to a tweet from Production Weekly, Barry Levinson is set to direct an indie sci-fi thriller called Isopod, which will shoot in the Carolinas. I had to read the tweet a couple of times before it really wound into my brain. Levinson is known for Baltimore-set generational and coming of age dramas, and his biggest films Rain Man and Good Morning, Vietnam. He did direct the genre-tinged Young Sherlock Holmes, and the Michael Crichton adaptation Sphere, but I suspect he might like to forget the latter.

We’ll update more on this as info comes in.

Barry Levinson to Direct Brother Jack

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Columbia Pictures has announced that Barry Levinson (The Natural, Good Morning Vietnam, Rain Man, Disclosure, Wag the Dog, Bandits, Man of the Year, What Just Happened) will direct Brother Jack, a movie that tells the life story of human rights activist Jack Healey.

The coming of age story of an idealist who leaves the priesthood for a life on the streets and successfully wages a one man war to elevate the issue of human rights.

The screenplay is being written by Harley Peyton (Twin Peaks, Bandits, Less Than Zero), with a current rewrite by Kelly Masterson. Read the full press release after the jump.

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After mentioning it in various interviews over the years, Robert Redford has announced that his adaptation of Bill Bryson’s nonfiction bestseller A Walk in the Woods will be his next project, with director Barry Levinson said to be on board as well. The meaning of the film’s title is literal, and the plot follows Bryson and his crass, fat ex-alcoholic friend as they attempt to hike the Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgie to Maine. Only 10-25 percent of those who attempt the hike in its entirety are said to succeed; after much deliberation, Bryson and co. did not.

“It’ll be fun. I don’t know when I’ve read a book that I laughed so loud,” Redford said to the AP. “Also it’s a chance to take a look at the country. …The backdrop is pretty terrific, if you stop to think of all the visuals that are possible as they go along that trail.”

At one point, Redford was trying coax his friend and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid co-star, Paul Newman, to play the friend, but no word if that remains the case. Personally, I doubt it. After Woods, Redford said he will hop on the gestating Untitled Jackie Robinson Project to star as influential Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey for director Thomas Carter. Redford described the film as an “inside, down to the mats story.”

While a bigger audience probably awaits A Bloody Run in the Woods, I’m a sucker for growing-old-is-cool wilderness films like Redford’s A River Runs Through It from 1992. To bad he’s not directing this one, as he has a killer eye for such imagery, much more-so than on war polemics like Lions for Lambs, but he’s clearly hands-on here.

Bee Movie Trailer #2 Revealed

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Yes, that’s Steven Spielberg talking to Jerry Seinfeld dressed in a Bee suit.
Last year the first teaser trailer was released for Jerry Seinfeld’s computer animated film The Bee Movie. Many people were angry that the teaser was false advertising, as it was done in live action. A second trailer has finally been released, and it also contains live action footage, but cleverly transitions into the actual computer animation. See that after the jump.
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