Aaron Sorkin Steve Jobs

Aaron Sorkin is so well-established as a writer that his name connotes a certain level of ambition and achievement. He earned a large audience with The West Wing; whether he’s earning the right to keep it with The Newsroom is another story. So it is refreshing to hear, direct from the man, that he still struggles as a writer. For example, at a Q&A last night he talked about The Newsroom, saying, “I feel like I’m just now starting to learn how to write it.” He also talked about his Steve Jobs film, which is currently called… Steve Jobs. Read More »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Steve Jobs movie

At one point the Aaron Sorkin-penned Steve Jobs film might have been directed by David Fincher. Unfortunately, Fincher never took the gig due to disagreements over salary and control. That leaves the high-profile project wide open for a director willing to take on the job. Now, Sony may have locked down a very awards-friendly filmmaker: Danny Boyle is now in talks to direct the film. Furthermore, it looks like his star may end up being Leonardo DiCaprio. Steve Jobs doesn’t seem like the most likely role for DiCaprio, but it’s certainly a box-office friendly choice. Read More »

Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King

Danny Boyle‘s next move could be a sports film. The British filmmaker is reportedly working on a biopic of tennis icon Billie Jean King, specifically her legendary “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.

That sounds pretty interesting as it is, but what makes this project even more intriguing is that it reunites him with two men behind his biggest recent successes: writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, who both worked on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Hit the jump for more details.

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Babylon

Danny Boyle has a new project out this year, but it won’t be found in theaters. Instead, it’ll be premiering later this year on television.

Babylon stars Brit Marling as Liz Garvey, a PR manager hired by Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) to give the London police department an image makeover. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as she’s dealing with outspoken, taser-happy cops, a bloodthirsty media, and a staff none too thrilled to take orders from an American with little law enforcement experience.

But as tough as those challenges are for her, they should be great fun for us watching at home. Between Boyle’s direction and a biting script by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon promises to be sharp, energetic, and very funny. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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babylon-first-1

Here are the first promo photos for the cop show Babylon, which comes from director Danny Boyle and Peep Show writers Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong. The show revolves around an American media guru who arrives in London to put a new PR spin on the city’s cops.

The cast is led by Brit Marling and James Nesbitt, playing the PR advisor and the chief constable of the London police, respectively, but the ensemble features Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, Ella Smith, Martin Trenaman, Jim Howick, Cavan Clerkin, Jill Halfpenny, Adam Deacon, Jonny Sweet, Nick Blood, Stuart Martin, Andrew Brooke and Daniel Kaluuya. Read More »

Smash and Grab

When you’re an Oscar-winning director, you can go to the movies and walk out with your next project. That reportedly happened for Danny Boyle, who saw Havana Marking‘s 2013 documentary Smash and Grab: The Story of the Pink Panthers and immediately decided he wanted to turn it into a narrative. So that’s what he’s going to do.

The documentary tells the behind the scenes story of the world’s most successful jewel thieves and the underground world of the international drug trade. Pathe and Fox Searchlight will co-finance the remake. Read More »

Danny Boyle

Briefly: Danny Boyle has done a bit of television over the course of his career (especially if you count that little foray with the 2012 Summer Olympics) and now he’s prepping to make his biggest foray into the medium. Boyle has signed with Channel 4 in the UK to make Babylon, a “police drama” that will be “set in the world of modern policing.”

We don’t know much more about the show than that, but it will be written by Sam Bains and Jesse Armstrong (of the series Peep Show) and the pilot will be exec produced by Robert Jones. The pilot will shoot later this year, with a planned 2014 air date for the show. [Broadcast, via The Playlist]

Danny Boyle

Danny Boyle thinks we’re in danger of losing adult movies for adults, and has a theory of how we got here. Watch an interview clip from VodkasterOfficiel, embedded after the jump.
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