Briefly:Nicholas Jarecki is a young upstart that came out of NYU a few years ago and has produced Tyson, co-written and produced The Informers (not a career highlight) and produced and directed The Outsider, a documentary about filmmaker James Toback. If the name sounds familiar that’s because he is the younger brother of Andrew (Capturing the Friedmans) and Eugene (Why We Fight) Jarecki. Quite the filmmaking family. And now the younger Jarecki has landed a stellar lineup for his new feature Arbitrage: Al Pacino, Susan Sarandon (reuniting from You Don’t Know Jack) and Eva Green.
Variety reports the casting, saying that the film will feature “Pacino as a hedge fund magnate who is in over his head and desperate to complete the sale of his trading empire to a major bank before his fraud is revealed. But an unexpected, bloody error forces him to turn to the most unlikely corner for help.” Like many other recent indie announcements, this one is set to debut sales this week at the American Film Market; shooting is planned for Spring 2011.
(And with respect to the image of Al Pacino above, is it me, or is he slowly becoming Keith Richards?)
Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green will travel back to Camelot, the Starz series that re-tells the story of King Arthur. Fiennes is Merlin, while Green will be Morgana. Solid casting with both, though I’m not certain that I’ll ever be able to look at an Arthurian film or TV series without having to leap the hurdle of some of Excalibur‘s actors. Nicol Williamson and Helen Mirren are pretty difficult to top as Merlin and Morgana. In this Camelot Jamie Campbell Bower is Arthur, and Tamsin Egerton is Guinevere. [Reuters]
After the break, the great Amy Ryan goes back to HBO and Madonna’s possibly interesting new film finds its last major player. Read More »
We’ve featured some images and the trailer for Cracks, the debut feature from Jordan Scott, daughter of some small-time director named Sir Ridley. You may have heard of him. Chances are in the next couple years you’ll hear a lot more about her, and not just as the daughter of a famous guy. IFC is going to help that process along; the company has picked up Cracks for distribution in the US. Read More »
Jordan Scott’s debut film is an adpatation of Sheila Kohler’s novel Cracks, adapted by the director and Brit TV stalwarts Ben Court and Caroline Ip. It stars Eva Green as teacher in an all-girls school in 1930s who gets drawn into an inappropriate relationship.
After the break, a series of stills, the official synopsis, the poster and the first trailer. You’ll see that, if nothing else, Scott and cinematographer John Mathieson have created a good looking movie. The word I picked up from the film’s London Film Festival premiere on Sunday, however, was that that Cracks is more than just a pretty trinket. Fingers crossed that wasn’t just festival fever speaking.
I’ve been very busy this week, but now I’m back and hitting the /Film trail in a big way. Just to clear my plate enough to get some more on there, however, I’m going to bring you my very own Page 2.
At the head of the post you can see a new still from The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. As well as Heath Ledger you can see Lily Cole and the really very amazing Andrew Garfield. There’s a new fan blog that seems to be posting every scrap they can, including scans from a French Magazine that let slip of some more images.
Countless more fragments of new news after the break. Come join me.
Eva Green sure likes her dramas to come at you slanted and askance. Already on her slate are Franklyn – featuring alternative world sci-fi and a masked freedom fighter taking on multi-theistic fascism; and Cracks – a female swim-team spin on Lord of the Flies with a dash of cross-generational Lesbianism. The latest addition is Benedek Fliegraf’s Womb, seemingly every bit as off the boring old beige wall.
According to Variety, Green is to take the female lead alongside Matt Smith, already best known as the upcoming eleventh incarnation of Dr. Who before he’s filmed a single shot as a Timelord. Their synopsis tells us that the film “tells the story of a grieving widow, played by Green, who decides to clone her late husband”. Last year, when the funding was initially assembled, they said it is “a story about the efforts to overcome death by genetic manipulation”.
Sounds like Birth or Ps., though of course they didn’t feature any cloning.
HanWay Films has released the official international movie trailer for the dark dystopian fantasy film Franklyn on IGN. The first feature film by writer/director Gerald McMorrow, Franklyn is a “split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor.” Sounds pretty crazy right? Well it gets even weirder. “It’s the story of four lost souls, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.” Trailer after the jump.
An early trailer for the dark dystopian fantasy film Franklyn has shown up online. The first feature film by writer/director Gerald McMorrow, Franklyn is a “split narrative set simultaneously in contemporary London and in a future metropolis ruled by religious fervor.” Sounds pretty crazy right? Well it gets even weirder. “It’s the story of four lost souls, divided by two parallel worlds, on course for an explosive collision when a single bullet will decide all their fates.”
Ryan Phillippe plays a masked vigilante detective named Preest, who is searching for his nemesis on the streets of Meanwhile City, a monolithic fantasy metropolis ruthlessly governed by faith and religious fervor. Bernhard Hill plays Esser, a broken man who is searching for his wayward son amongst the rough streets of London’s homeless. Sam Riley plays a heartbroken guy named Milo, who is desperately trying to find a way back to “the purity of first love.” And Eva Green plays an art student named Emilia whose suicidal artwork is “becoming increasingly more complex and deadly.”
The futuristic London city sounds like it almost ripped from the pages of The Golden Compass. But I must admit, the film has caught my interest even though the trailer is very poorly taped together. I’m pretty sure this is a temp trailer as it features the score from Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain. The concept of a trailer using the score from Requiem or The Fountain has almost a cliché. Why does every trailer editor choose to cut to Clint Mansell? I mean, I love his music too, but you would think it would get old at some point. As always, tell me what you think of the trailer in the comments below. Thanks to /Film reader Christopher M for passing along the photos.
Franklyn will hit theaters in the UK on January 30th 2009. No word on domestic distribution or release dates.