Dean Parisot has done a few big-screen directing gigs in the past two decades (Galaxy Quest being the fan favorite) but mostly worked in TV during that period. Now he’s headed back to the big screen with the reins of Red 2 in hand. Summit may be happy with that sequel because the studio is reportedly giving Parisot something a lot more interesting than the geriatric assassins movie: a film about Harry Houdini.
Or at least, it will be a film inspired by Houdini. This is the one scripted by Noah Oppenheim based on William Kalush and Larry Sloman‘s book The Secret Life of Houdini, The Making of America’s First Superhero. As that title makes clear, this one goes a bit beyond the bounds of portraying Houdini as an escape artist.
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Katie Holmes portrayed Jackie O in last year’s The Kennedys, Minka Kelly is playing her in next year’s The Butler, and now it could be Natalie Portman‘s turn to tackle the role. The Oscar-winning star is reportedly being courted for the simply titled Jackie, a Noah Oppenheim-scripted drama about the aftermath of JFK’s assassination as seen through the eyes of his widow.
When the project first got going, Portman’s Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct with Rachel Weisz in the lead. However, both dropped out when their marriage ended in 2010. Portman is said to be waiting on a choice of director before she makes her decision. [Deadline]
After the jump, Wes Bentley and Brit Marling jump on the Abe Lincoln trend, and Hannah Montana goes on a crime spree.
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Noah Oppenheim has moved from a career in television (he was senior producer on Hardball With Chris Matthews and Today, among others) into feature film writing. And somehow, Oppenheim has ended up scripting a couple notable remakes: he’s on War Games, and the remake of Daniel Espinosa’s Snabba Cash (Easy Money). And now he’s been hired to script the new take on George Orwell‘s novel 1984. Read More »
Briefly: That WarGames remake that has some fans up in arms now has a writer. Noah Oppenheim will script the film that Seth Gordon will direct for MGM. We still don’t know anything about the specific plan for the remake. When the involvement of Seth Gordon was reported, he was said to have “a wide berth to create a new take,” but we don’t know how that will manifest in the new movie.
We don’t know much about Oppenheim’s work as a screenwriter, either; his background is in TV production for Hardball with Chris Matthews and the Today show. His Jackie Onassis script got studio attention, but that hasn’t been produced yet. Still, we can keep making guesses about how this new version of the story will incorporate modern technology, gaming and the awareness of networking in general, and hopefully those guesses won’t be better than what MGM turns out. [THR]
The latest bestselling young-adult novel to get a feature film adaptation has found itself a hot new screenwriter. Noah Oppenheim will adapt The Maze Runner, a New York Times bestselling adventure book by James Dashner, that follows a group of kids who must navigate a deadly maze to make it out of an alternative dimension. Catherine Hardwicke has been tapped to direct the film, which is set up at 20th Century Fox
Oppenheim, a former producer on The Today Show, hit the 2010 Black List and got the attention of Steven Spielberg with his script called Jackie, which is about Jackie Kennedy Onassis in the days after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It’s set up at Fox Searchlight. He’s also writing the American remake of Snabba Cash for Zac Efron. Read more about The Maze Runner, see a fan video and more after the jump. Read More »
The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year’s 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.
Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year’s top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany star. The top screenplay om the list, College Republicans, already has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano attached to star.
Started in 2005 by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. However it should be noted that a warning appears at the beginning of the list:
“THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”
Also, it should be noted that many people in recent years have begun accuse participants for pushing their own/friends clients.
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Last month, it was revealed that Steven Spielberg was shepherding yet another film as producer, a film titled Jackie, a Noah Oppenheim script based on the life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. At the time it was reported that HBO was the most interested party, and that Jackie could be developed as a cable movie project for them. Apparently things have since gotten a lot more interesting. Spielberg is actually not involved, and the project is not going to be a made for premium television movie.
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