Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King

Danny Boyle‘s next move could be a sports film. The British filmmaker is reportedly working on a biopic of tennis icon Billie Jean King, specifically her legendary “Battle of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs in 1973.

That sounds pretty interesting as it is, but what makes this project even more intriguing is that it reunites him with two men behind his biggest recent successes: writer Simon Beaufoy and producer Christian Colson, who both worked on Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours. Hit the jump for more details.

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After narrowing down the field to two possible contenders earlier this week, Lionsgate has finally settled on a new director to replace Gary Ross for its Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Francis Lawrence has just received the offer to helm the sequel, beating out fellow finalist Bennett Miller (Moneyball). Though Lawrence and Lionsgate have yet to finalize the deal, considering how quickly the studio is moving on this project, we can probably expect them to do so soon. More after the jump.

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After almost a decade away from the director’s chair, Gary Ross is back with a bang. He’s directed the highly-anticipated adaptation of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and he’s done it with the kind of vision and passion only a true fan could have accomplished. The film, which opens March 23 and stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson and many others, is both a faithful adaptation of the book as well as a perfect movie version of the story. Everything fans want is in there and things they aren’t expecting are sprinkled in to help expand the world in a way only a movie can.

A few weeks back, I spoke with Ross on the occasion of The Hunger Games and we discussed his unique directorial choices with the film, his favorite, and least favorite, additions and subtractions from the original novel, some of his plans looking forward to casting (Finnick Odair!) and shooting the second film, Catching Fire, and much more. Read it all after the jump. Read More »

Lionsgate may have purchased Summit and consequently got its grubby little hands on the rights to Twilight, but before the lion can further exploit Stephenie Meyer’s sparkly vampires, the company will be releasing the first film based on Suzanne Collins‘ novel series The Hunger Games.

Last time we checked in on development of the sequel, Catching Fire, the word was that Lionsgate wanted Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen) to script. Now he’s reportedly already at work. Read More »

A trailer for the new Lasse Hallström film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, has just been released. We know, it’s a terrible title. Is it a metaphor for some kind of life experience? Actually, no. It’s quite literal. The film, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt is about the act of trying to introduce the act of salmon fishing to the Middle Eastern country of Yemen. But the reason why might surprise you, as this trailer surprised me. It looks delightful. Check it out below. Read More »

Is this an indication that Lionsgate was happy with the reception given the trailer for The Hunger Games, directed by Gary Ross? The first film based on Suzanne Collins‘ teen-oriented Battle Royale-revamp novel trilogy won’t be released until March 2012, and a sequel based on the second novel, Catching Fire, is yet to get the green light.

But Lionsgate is doing what so many studios do lately: hiring a writer to get a script ready for the sequel. The studio has sights set on  Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy to write Catching Fire, which Ross will likely return to direct. Read More »

Thus far, the pairing of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy has proven to be unstoppable. The writing/directing team already scored Academy Awards for their work on Slumdog Millionaire — for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay, among others — and they’re currently in the running for a whole new batch of Oscars (Best Picture included) for 127 Hours. Now Beaufoy says he’s at work on his next screenplay — an adaptation of Toby Barlow’s darkly comedic horror poetry novel Sharp Teeth — and if he has his way, Boyle will be directing it. Learn more after the break. Read More »


The Hollywood Reporter has posted their one hour long discussion between 2010 Oscar contenders Aaron Sorkin (The Social Network), Simon Beaufoy (127 Hours), Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3), John Wells (The Company Men), Todd Phillips (Due Date) and David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole).

Wait a second, is Due Date really an Awards contender? I guess maybe for the Golden Globes Best Comedy/Musical category, but Phillips does seem like the odd man out in this list of screenwriters (and this is not a slam against Todd, I enjoy his movies). Seems like The Coen Brothers (True Grit), David Seidler (The King’s Speach) or Alex Garland (Never Let Me Go) might have been better choices considering the award-focus.

I’m always excited to watch THR’s series of discussions each year, but they usually only post the more interesting clips and not the entire chat. But this year they decided to post the entire thing. Hit the jump to watch the entire hour and seven minute-long discussion.
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