The last time we checked in on the Sony take on Cleopatra, which Scott Rudin is producing as a possible Angelina Jolie star vehicle based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life, James Cameron wasn’t going to make the film because of his commitment to Avatar 2, and Paul Greengrass was looking like a possible director. But he went on to sign a deal to make Memphis, a film about the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.
Now the latest name to be floated for the director’s chair is David Fincher, with whom Scott Rudin has recently worked on The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Read More »
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We just talked about Martin Scorsese‘s slate of potential future projects, specifically with respect to The Irishman, which could reunite him with Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Al Pacino.
Another film he has been considering for some time is Sinatra, which would chronicle the life of signature crooner Frank Sinatra. That film has languished in development a bit, but it just got a big shot in the arm. Mega-producer Scott Rudin has just come on board, which would suggest that Sinatra now has a much better chance of going before cameras than it did before. Scott Rudin is a guy whose projects get made. Read More »
Here’s one of those stories of outrageous theft that sounds too great to be true. Except that it is true, and full of all the things that make for a great narrative: hope, dreams, criminal activity, and pieces of the moon.
The Social Network producers Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti are coming together again to do a new project with Ben Mezrich. That’s the author of The Accidental Billionaires, upon which The Social Network was based. Mr. Mezrich has proposed a new book called Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History, which follows the odd story of a NASA employee who stole and attempted to sell pieces of the moon, in part to impress his girlfriend. Read More »
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 »
James Cameron is such a big director that if there’s a chance in the slightest he might do a new movie, we’re obligated to report on it. So, as unlikely as it may seem, rumors are circulating that the brass at Sony are “exploring the possibility” that the King of the World could direct a new version of Cleopatra starring Angelina Jolie, written by Brian Helgeland and produced by Scott Rudin. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Add Cleopatra to the list of subjects that are being developed by multiple producers at once. A new biography of Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff, is about to be published, and Michael Pietsch of Little, Brown says that Scott Rudin has picked up the rights to the book (he actually bought the rights years ago, before the book was even written) and is working with Angelina Jolie to develop a movie from the material. Right now, the idea is that Jolie would play Cleopatra, as if that needs to be explained.
Note that this isn’t Cleo, Steven Soderbergh‘s proposed 3D musical about Cleopatra with music by Robert Pollard and Guided by Voices. Totally different projects. Soderbergh’s is basically backburnered, as he put it off when Moneyball fell into his lap and hasn’t come back into the frame in the wake of his ouster from the baseball picture. Doubt anyone will be surprised when I say I still really hope Soderbergh somehow makes his first, as unlikely as that is. [USA Today]
After the break, more casting for Dexter, Knights of Badassdom and The Walking Dead. Read More »
Another international phenomenon is about to get a US remake, probably before you’ve even had a chance to catch the original. Doesn’t mean the Stateside do-over isn’t sounding tasty, though…
The biggest crowd pleaser at this year’s Frightfest was the English speaking world’s premiere of a smart, pointed thriller in the Silence of the Lambs vein, though with added politics. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo is an adaptation of the first book in Stieg Larsson‘s worldwide smash novel trilogy Millennium, known as Män som hatar kvinnor in its native Sweden – a title that would translate literally as Men Who Hate Women. It’s a rather apt title.
The deal for US adaptations of the book series is closing now, with Sony reported to be tying up the last loose ends of some rather complex negotiations. Things have apparently been slower than with normal rights negotiations, largely due to the sudden death of Larsson shortly before the publication of the first novel, and the ensuing entanglements when it became clear that he had neither married his common law wife or left a will; and partly due to the existence of the Swedish film versions.
Linked to the project are screenwriter Steve Zaillian and producer Scott Rudin. That’s a real power player duo and they give the project a genuine whiff of Oscar even before a single word has been scripted.
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Well, looks like we’re really not getting that ‘spiritual sequel’ to Dazed & Confused any time soon. Variety reports that Richard Linklater is close to finishing a deal to direct the film Liars (A-E) for Miramax, with Scott Rudin producing. Emma Forrest wrote the script, “about a woman who, on the way to President Obama’s inauguration, retrieves lost items from her ex-boyfriends.” Eeessh. No casting yet for the lead, but Kat Dennings is on board as the friend of the main character. Requiem for the indie film I would really have rather seen him make after the jump. Read More »