You may still get to see someone beat Warren Beatty to the punch making another film about Howard Hughes. (Don’t get your hopes up that it will be Christopher Nolan, however, even though Nolan has talked about wanting to make a Hughes movie.) While Beatty announced his return to writing and directing earlier this year, with Paramount partially backing a film about Hughes, we’ve now seen two major backers pull away. One was Paramount, and the other is key financier Morgan Creek. Read More »

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Jones has now booked her next big thing and “big” is a bit of an understatement. She’ll play the female lead and sorted love interest in Warren Beatty‘s return to acting and directing, an untitled Howard Hughes love story. Read more about the film, role and actress after the jump. Read More »

Warren Beatty’s New Movie is About Howard Hughes

Briefly: We just heard a few days ago that Warren Beatty will be working with Paramount to make a new, as-yet untitled comedy. He wrote and will direct, produce and star in the film. Now Deadline says that he will be playing famously reclusive billionaire and (later in life) total weirdo Howard Hughes. The site says the film isn’t a biopic, but will involve, in part, “an affair he had with a young woman in the later years of his life.” (I.e., when he was a total weirdo. This could be fun.) But, er, sorry, Christopher Nolan. Hope this doesn’t further stall your own Hughes film.

Meetings are reported with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Annette Bening, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara for other roles, though no one is cast. Warren Beatty is beloved and has been away from the screen for a decade, so you can expect that he’ll round up a great cast for the film if his script is solid.

Since he began his association with Batman, Christopher Nolan has been good about spacing out chapters of Batfilm with movies that aren’t cut from quite the same cloth. There was The Prestige after Batman Begins, and Inception after The Dark Knight. And now, after after The Dark Knight Rises, the director may make his most grounded film yet: a Howard Hughes biopic. Read More »

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