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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Early last year, Slumdog Millionaire screenwriter Simon Beaufoy wrote an adaptation of Paul Torday‘s novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The script was well-received, making the 2009 Brit List of unproduced screenplays.

Some time after that, Bill Condon came aboard the project to direct. But his new responsibilities on Breaking Dawn preclude making the picture. So he’s been replaced by Lasse Hallström. A bit more exciting than that is the cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt and Kristin Scott Thomas. Read More »

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Universal Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Leap Year, which is a romantic comedy about a woman who has an elaborate scheme to propose to her boyfriend on Leap Day.

Amy Adams and Matthew Goode star in Leap Year, a romantic comedy that follows one woman’s determined quest to get married to the perfect guy…despite what fate has in store for her. When their four-year anniversary passes without a marriage proposal, Anna (Amy Adams) decides to take matters into her own hands. Investing in an Irish tradition that allows women to propose to men on February 29th, Anna decides to follow her boyfriend Jeremy (Adam Scott) to Dublin and get down on one knee herself. But airplanes, weather and fate leave Anna stranded on the other side of Ireland, and she must enlist the help of handsome and surly Declan (Matthew Goode) to get her across the country. As Anna and Declan bicker across the Emerald Isle, they discover that the road to love can take you to very unexpected places.

From Anand Tucker, the director of Shopgirl and Hilary and Jackie, and based on a screenplay by Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy and Can’t Hardly Wait scribes Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan, comes another middle of the road romantic comedy where the female character appears to be reduced to a marriage obsessed spaz. I’d love to say that I’ll never see this film, but sadly, I’ll watch almost any movie that Amy Adams is involved in. Watch the trailer after the jump, and leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Not long ago, informed speculation pegged Danny Boyle‘s next movie with Fox Searchlight as the story of Aron Ralston, the mountain climber who amputated his own arm to free himself from being trapped by a boulder. Now we know that is in fact his upcoming picture. The film even has a name: 127 Hours. Read More »

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Last week it was revealed that Danny Boyle had purchased the screen rights to Suketu Mehta‘s 2004 book Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found. The Telegraph has learned that Academy Award-winning  Slumdog Millionaire scribe Simon Beaufoy has been hired to pen the screenplay adaptation. The screenwriter says that adapting a non fictional tale for the screen will require creative license, something the original author has granted him.

Maximum City is a non-fiction work, so it will be a huge challenge to find the story in it. It is a wonderful book and I used it in my initial research for Slumdog. There are some great characters in the book, but no stories, so my job will be to get the fictional out of a non-fictional story. Suketu is very understanding about my creative input and flexible about many changes. I will have to come up with something to bring together all the characters from the book into something that can make a film.

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DreamWorks Animation has announced plans to release five feature films every two years, up from their previous two films a year schedule. The company cites their “three very successful franchises” as one of the reasons to produce an extra film every other year. Apparently the plan is to release one or two sequels a year, as well as an original project, all of which will be produced in digital 3D. Check out the full schedule after the jump.

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Excuse me if this story reads like little more than a really long list of future films but there are so many new movies on the BBC’s slate, and so many of them sound so good, that I want to give them all a quick shout out. There’s going to be something for everyone (well, nearly everyone) in this selection.

We’ll get the previously announced ones out of the way first. Peter Morgan is making his directorial debut with The Special Relationship, a sequel to The Deal and The Queen, both of which he scripted. This one will focus on Blair’s relationship with Bill Clinton. Michael Sheen will reprise his Blair turn, and Dennis Quaid and Julianne Moore have been cast as the Clintons. May I suggest that if they are looking for a Monica Lewinski, Martine McCutcheon would be just perfect. Hilariously so.

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