Even in death, the King is still making movies. Several stories based on Elvis Presley are in development around Hollywood but one just emerged from the pack. It’s called Last Train to Memphis, based on a book by Peter Guralnick, and follows Presley from his teenage years up through his blossoming into a rock and roll legend. Fox 2000 has been developing the project for years and finally, they’ve hired a director. It’s Kevin MacDonald, who also directed The Last King of Scotland, Touching the Void and State of Play. He’s joined by Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, who’ll produce and John Fusco (Young Guns) who adapted the book. Read More »
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Chadwick Boseman is going from Jackie Robinson to James Brown. The star of 42 has just signed on to play the legendary soul singer in an untitled biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and produced by both rock legend Mick Jagger and Oscar-winner Brian Grazer. Read More »
The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, will soon have his life portrayed on the big screen. Oscar-winning producer Brian Grazer is teaming up with legendary rock star Mick Jagger to producer a still untitled film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) from a screenplay by Jez & John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game). Grazer has been trying to get this movie done for the better part of a decade and, at one point before his passing, Brown was actively involved.
With financing in place, the producers will now look for distribution and – most importantly – an actor to play the lead. Read more after the jump. Read More »
The good, and potentially great, news? This is just crazy, let me catch my breath. One of the best actors working today, Daniel Day-Lewis, is in talks to follow-up his Oscar-winning role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood with yet another award-caliber epic. So, what’s the sort of off-putting (but not necessarily bad) news? If it pans out, Day-Lewis’s next film will belong to Hollywood’s current remake pantheon, though this one sounds more like a bold and careful “re-envisioning.”
Director Peter Weir (Master and Commander, The Last Wave) and Warner Bros. are fast-tracking an $80 million remake of Fitzcarraldo, Werner Herzog‘s classic and quite deranged 1982 film about an ambitious man who strikes out, against all rationality, to construct an opera house deep in the Peruvian jungle. Day-Lewis will star as the aforementioned man, a role originally made famous by the German nut Klaus Kinski.
If your gut reaction is to decry a remake of Herzog’s film, that is understandable, but know that Herzog is on board to produce the remake. No word on how Weir will tackle-slash-update the original film’s infamous and signature scenes, in which a steamboat was gruelingly pulled up and over a steep hill by natives, but it’s being reported that this version will be set 50 or so years in the future. Guess that eliminates the steamboat. Mick Jagger, who was originally supposed to star in the ’82 film, is said to be in talks to contribute to the remake’s score. Obviously, it’s unknown whether Day-Lewis would rock his intense ‘stache, but The Hollywood Reporter reports that the main character is quite fond of a monocle, a futuristic monocle.
Discuss: Is Day-Lewis the monocled saviour of the modern remake? If it’s not a steamboat, might it be some type of flying contraption? Would you rather see Weir’s remake, or TWBB with Klaus Kinski as Plainview (a very living Kinski)?
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With Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Stones doc, Shine a Light, booked to play theaters in April, I find myself much more interested in Ruby Tuesday, an animated film from Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais, the writers of the Beatles musical Across the Universe, that will utilize the Stones’ music in a similar fashion.
“We wrote an animated film before the strike that features the music of The Rolling Stones,” says Clement on Movieweb. “Obviously, that is not just a kiddy film. You can’t do The Stones, and think it will just be for kids. We hope that will get made in the next couple of years.”
“The film was supposed to start next month. It is called Ruby Tuesday. It is going to be CGI. It will be interesting. The animation is actually going to be done in Paris. It will be some pretty hip animation. It is amazing how many French animators work at Dreamworks. When we were doing Flushed Away, we were over there. It was like a foreign campus.”
The film’s title derives from the eponymous hit single, about a charmingly quixotic and possibly tragic groupie, by the Rolling Stones from their 1966 album Between the Buttons. Whether the main character in the film, a single mother searching for happiness in New York City, was a groupie at some point in her life is unknown, but the writers say that while the film will be “edgier” than most American-released animation today, it’s not R-rated fare a la Ralph Bakshi’s Fritz the Cat and Heavy Traffic.
It’s about time the Rolling Stones, whose contributions and influence to film are not slight, had their own Yellow Submarine, don’t you think?