Last month Universal agreed to finance and distribute Memphis, a film about Martin Luther King with Paul Greengrass writing and directing and Scott Rudin producing. The film was ideally going to hit right in time for the MLK holiday in 2012.

Now Universal has dropped the project. What happened? Read More »

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Paul Greengrass has finally made a decision as to what film he’s going to make next. The director of The Bourne Ultimatum and United 93 took some time off after last year’s Green Zone and had been considered to direct several projects including Fantastic Voyage, Cleopatra and Tales from the Gangster Side. Now it appears that earlier rumors were true and Greengrass will helm Memphis, from a script he wrote, which centers on the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read what we know about this project and why it’s perfect for Greengrass after the jump. Read More »

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If you think there are too many Snow White films in development, just refresh your memory on the list of films planned around the life of Julian Assange and his organization WikiLeaks. There’s a documentary to be directed by Alex Gibney, an HBO/BBC co-production based on Raffi Khatchadourian‘s June 7, 2010 New Yorker article called No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency, and a possible film based on Andrew Fowler‘s forthcoming biography of Mr. Assange, called The Most Dangerous Man in the World.

But wait! There are more, including one film that may be written by Mark Boal, and another for which Paul Greengrass is being mentioned as director. Read More »

There have been quite a few possible and/or rumored projects of late for Bourne / United 93 / Green Zone director Paul Greengrass. The most recent rumor had him as a possible director for Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie. Now add another one to the pile, and it could end up being another film from Cleopatra producer Scott Rudin.

There’s a report saying that the director wants to make Memphis, a film about the events that led to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Read More »

Will Paul Greengrass Direct ‘Cleopatra’?

We first started to hear about producer Scott Rudin’s new 3D Cleopatra last year when James Cameron looked like a potential director and Angelina Jolie was talked up as the star. Mr. Cameron moved on to his Avatar sequels, but Angelina Jolie remains attached to the film that will be based on Stacy Schiff’s biography Cleopatra: A Life.

Now Scott Rudin says he’s “pretty close” to signing a director for the film. One name prominently mentioned is Paul Greengrass. Read More »

I can’t tell if Tales From the Gangster Squad, based on a series of LA Times articles and intended as an ensemble ‘actor’s piece,’ is as much of a priority at Warner Bros. as news would make it seem, or if the film is just an easy headline. The script details an LAPD squad’s efforts to oppose the incursion of organized crime into the city of LA, and is said to be fantastic.

In the last couple weeks, perhaps motivated by the reception for The Town, the film was offered to Ben Affleck, and yesterday word came down that Warner Bros. lobbed it at Darren Aronofsky. But with Affleck passing and Aronofsky looking likely to take Wolverine 2 (what a strange world) WB reportedly has five more names on a list of possible directors. Read More »

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Carter Beats the Devil is one of those novels that made a big splash, was quickly optioned and then dropped right into development hell. But now it is getting a second chance at Warner Bros., with Michael Gilio set to script. (He wrote the draft of Treasure Island for WB that Paul Greengrass is reportedly directing.) In addition, Gilio has written a script for director Alexander Payne. But is that for Payne to produce, or direct? Read More »

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