I wouldn’t blame you if you see a headline about a Jimi Hendrix movie and wonder if there have already been several. In fact, a couple have wound through development for years, but the only one to really make it through to theaters was Jimi: All Is By My Side, the “early years” film starring Andrew Benjamin (in a good performance) as Hendrix.
One of the films that never was had Legendary Entertainment as its prime motivator, with Paul Greengrass set to direct. But Legendary couldn’t get the rights to Hendrix’s music, and without the participation of the estate Legendary decided not to make the film. Now, years later, a rights package is in place that gives Legendary use of all of Hendrix’s best-known songs, and so the film is back on, with Greengrass once again looking like the director. Read More »
The Fighter is a great movie on many levels, and it is powered by a great screenplay by Scott Silver. He has worked with real life characters who are larger than life (he also wrote 8 Mile) and is now turning to a literal superhero. Or perhaps I should say mythic — even biblical — superhero, since his new project is based on the story of Samson and Delilah. (Painted above by Anthony van Dyck in 1630.)
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The Fighter has been struggling to make it to the big screen for the last two years, and is finally back on track with David O Russell at the helm. Christian Bale is now signed to play Dicky Eklund, a real life boxer-turned-trainer who rebounded after a run of drugs and crime. Dicky shepherded his half-brother “Irish” Micky Ward in a Rocky-like rise to world lightweight champion. Ward fought throughout the mid-’80s and ’90s, but he’s best remembered for three battles with Arturo Gotti, two of which went down as the greatest in the history of the sport. Ward lost each one.
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