Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan‘s latest film, Mojave, a rough and mean meta thriller, opens in theaters next week. The writer is known for such films as The Departed and Kingdom of Heaven, but in 2000 he had a novel published that couldn’t be more different from those pictures. “Light House: A Trifle” is a wild story — a farce with writers, criminals, a prostitute, and an unhappy married couple running an inn. An adaptation was in the works before Monahan’s novel was even published, but sadly it never came to fruition.
After the jump, William Monahan discusses Light House, The White Devil, and the Evel Knievel project.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Someone in Hollywood is going to make an Evel Knievel movie and one of our great living filmmakers is going to be sucked into the project. For awhile, it looked like that would be Darren Aronofksy, with Channing Tatum putting on that famous jacket for Sony. But Aronofksy then departed the project to make a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and an Arnold Schwarzenegger revenge film.
Now, Paramount is prepping a rival Evel Knievel biopic and they’re pulling out all the stops. They don’t have star with Tatum’s clout attached, but they do have Oscar-winning screenwriter William Monahan. Oh, and they have the attention of director Martin Scorsese.
Hit the jump for more on the Scorsese Evel Knievel movie.
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Evel Knievel was the prototype stuntman for the current age, a media-savvy showman who rode a devil-may-care attitude (and a willingness to endure pain) to fame and fortune. His rise and fall story is unique in its specifics, and woefully pedestrian in its arc of human foibles.
Who else has attempted to ride a steam-powered “rocket cycle” across a mile-wide canyon? And who cares if he made it? Knievel’s failures did as much myth-building as his successes. He was also a jerk who let his appetites run away with him. He cheated on his wife more times than anyone can count, and attacked his former promoter with a baseball bat, effectively braining his own career in the process.
Channing Tatum is obsessed with Evel Knievel, and he and his creative partner Reid Carolin are producing a biopic about the late stuntman which Tatum may star in as well. Now the film is reportedly courting a new director, who might be perfect for Knievel’s story of obsession and mental and physical intensity: Darren Aronofsky. Read More »
This year, Channing Tatum has certainly made the jump from charming leading man to A-list superstar and now he’s about to make an even bigger jump. On a motorcycle. Over a bunch of cars. He’s going to produce and star in a film about Evel Knievel, the legendary daredevil, being developed with the help of producers Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, who did The Social Network and are also working on 50 Shades of Grey. Reid Carolin is writing the screenplay based on the 2008 book Life of Evel by Stuart Barker. Read More »