Two titans of Tinseltown could be heading Into The Woods with Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall. Both Johnny Depp and Meryl Streep are in talks to join Disney’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim‘s Tony Award winning musical about a baker, his family, and a witch who places a curse on them. From there the characters take a trip through several classic fairy tales like Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood. Think something on the scale of Les Miserables, but with a story like Once Upon A Time.
Streep is in talks to play the witch and Depp’s role is still a mystery, but it would likely be the baker or the narrator. Filming could start in early 2014, which raises some serious questions about the status of Pirates of the Caribbean 5. We’ll discuss below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, June 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
Warner Bros. has been treading carefully with movie budgets lately, pumping the breaks on expensive projects like Arthur & Lancelot and Akira when their costs ballooned out of control. Now it looks like latest project to come under scrutiny from the numbers department is The Thin Man, Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall‘s adaptation of the Dashiell Hammet classic.
Although the film’s been on track to shoot this November, Warner Bros. has just put the film on hiatus. While the studio hasn’t officially commented on its reasons, it seems to boil down to a combination of high costs and bad timing. Read more after the jump.
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Johnny Depp and Rob Marshall are working to make a new version of The Thin Man, the Dashiell Hammett novel about drunk detective socialite Nick Charles, his charming young wife Nora and the unusual family mystery in which they become embroiled.
The question is: who plays Nora? Deadline says there is a shortlist that will begin to meet with Warner Bros. next week. Names on the list include Eva Green, Amy Adams, Emma Stone, Carey Mulligan, Rachel Weisz, Kristen Wiig, Emily Blunt and Isla Fisher. That is, just about every smart actress with free time in her schedule and an interest in starring opposite one of the few semi-legit movie stars in the business. And without knowing more about what Marshall, Depp and WB are specifically looking for, it seems pointless to try to play the guessing game based on a list that long.
The original The Thin Man, released in 1934, spawned a series of comic detective films and, later, even a TV show, and that precedent is fueling fire that the material might become a hit once again.
After the break, Albert Hughes’ film Motor City might finally have a lead, and Hal Holbrook joins Gus Van Sant’s new film Promised Land. Read More »
A script for Pirates of the Caribbean 5 was completed before Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides even hit theaters. That film then was hammered critically and producer Jerry Bruckheimer called for rewrites on the fifth film, saying the script wasn’t good enough. It seemed like people were calling for director Rob Marshall‘s head, too.
Now Marshall is the one offering an update on the fifth film, suggesting he’ll be the one who eventually directs it. Read the quote below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 by Angie Han
Rob Marshall made his feature filmmaking debut in 2002 with the Broadway adaptation Chicago, and earned a Best Picture Oscar and a Best Director nomination for his trouble. However, his second big-screen musical, 2009′s Nine, didn’t fare quite as well, receiving mixed reviews and tanking at the box office. So here’s hoping his next attempt at a movie musical, an adaptation of Into the Woods for Disney, turns out more like the former than the latter. The new film is one of two Marshall is considering for his next feature, the other being Warner Bros.’ The Thin Man remake with Johnny Depp.
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine‘s Broadway classic seems to fall in with the current fairy tale craze, weaving together several Grimm Brothers fairy tales including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel to tell the story of a baker and a wife who want to start a family. More details after the jump.
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The new version of The Thin Man, which Johnny Depp set in motion at Warner Bros. last year, is still moving forward. The star has wanted to make a new film based on Dashiell Hammett‘s classic novel (which already spawned a six-film series and a television show) and last year roped in his Pirates 4 director Rob Marhsall to direct. Now Billy Ray (Shattered Glass, Breach) has been hired to draft a new script. Read More »
I think any lingering interest I had in Johnny Depp‘s remake of The Thin Man, to be directed by Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall, just evaporated. It’s the one-two punch of hiring David Koepp to write the script, and the fact that part of the plan is to create a version of The Thin Man that has “a Sherlock Holmes-like stylized treatment.” (With Holmes there referring to the Guy Ritchie movie that has become a near-ubiquitous touchstone when talking about a period film with comic action leanings.) Read More »
Most of us who had the misfortune of seeing Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides probably had two thoughts as the credits rolled: “Did that really just happen?” and “No longer is a pirate’s life for me.” While the film has been a global box office sensation, in mere weeks grossing nearly as much worldwide as the first film did in its entire run (thank you 3D), it took a deserved critical drubbing. Still, the script for the sequel was commissioned well before On Stranger Tides opened, has been finished for weeks and Johnny Depp made it clear he’d (eventually) do another installment. Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is imminent.
But who will direct? An offer is on the table for On Stranger Tides director Rob Marshall to come back but if (fingers crossed) that doesn’t happen, Disney’s reported contingency plan is almost enough to get fans excited again.
According to Cinema Blend, if Marshall doesn’t return Disney’s dream is to woo Tim Burton. And if not Burton, Sam Raimi, Shawn Levy, Chris Weitz or Alfonso Cuaron. Read More »
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