Warner Bros. evidently has high hopes for Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, as the studio recently set the film for a December 25 debut. Indeed, the novel, which is a quirky but heartfelt account of a young boy’s attempt to uncover some family history in the wake of 9/11, could easily be the basis for a moving holiday film.

I’m anxious to see a trailer, in part because the key role in the film — the boy Oskar — went to a non-actor: young Jeopardy! winner Thomas Horn. The potential that this film will reveal a new young talent seems high, much as True Grit did last year with Hailee Steinfeld. While we wait for that trailer, check out the first official image from the film, which shows Horn with Tom Hanks, as Oskar’s father. Read More »

Warner Bros. is going for some Oscar gold this year, and not only with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, which the studio is hoping might turn into a Return of the King-style contender. The studio also has a couple of possible prestige pictures in Clint Eastwood‘s J. Edgar and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Info on those, plus the date for Alfonso Cuaron‘s new sci-fi thriller Gravity, is after the break. Read More »

When you see the names Richard Curtis (screenwriter, Bridget Jones, Love Actually, War Horse)and Stephen Daldry (director, The Hours, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close) together, you’ll might well think that a mannered but quirky award-season film is forthcoming.

But in this particular case, they’re teaming to adapt Trash, an adventure novel by Andy Mulligan that was originally aimed at kids that features three third-world trash-picking kids who find something that changes their lives in dramatic ways. Read More »

Don’t call it a Sopranos reunion, but James Gandolfini is poised to work with Sopranos creator David Chase once more. The actor has taken a role in Mr Chase’s new project Twylight Zones, aka the film previously referred to as the Untitled David Chase Rock and Roll Movie. In addition, Mr. Gandolfini is circling roles in two other potentially big films: Andrew Dominik‘s Cogan’s Trade, and Stephen Daldry‘s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. Read More »

Briefly: 2011 could be a good year for John Goodman and his fans. He’ll be seen in Kevin Smith’s Red State, and looks to be part of The Artist (with James Cromwell and Penelope Ann Miller) and Thicker (with Alison Pill, Guy Pearce and Christopher Lloyd). And now he’s been cast alongside Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock in Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Stephen Daldry‘s film is based on a script by Eric Roth that adapts the Jonathan Safran Foer novel about Oskar (played by newcomer Thomas Horn), a young boy who deals with the death of his father, a 9/11 victim, by exploring New York City looking for clues related to a key left in his father’s possessions. John Goodman will play the doorman in Oskar’s building, who takes part in a crucial aspect of the boy’s story. [Reuters]

If you’re a Jeopardy! fiend, the name Thomas Horn is likely familiar; to everyone else some explanation is in order as to how the 12-year old earned his fame, and how that has led to him landing a plum role in Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

Thomas Horn won $31,800 on the game show in October, and he’s obviously got some smart people working for him, too. Deadline says he’s now earned the role of Oskar Schell, the smart young artist/inventor/writer who sets off on an unusual journey of discovery when he discovers a key among the possessions of his late father, who was killed in 9/11. Read More »

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Last time we checked in on Stephen Daldry‘s adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Daldry had just officially signed on, though he’d been working on the project with producer Scott Rudin for some time.

Now Warner Bros. and Paramount are close to a deal to co-produce the film, and Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks are attached to star in the project. Read More »

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A week ago we heard that Danny Boyle was the top choice to direct the opening ceremony for the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. It was rumor at the time, but has now been confirmed. And along with Boyle, the  committee in charge has tapped film director Stephen Daldry to be the creative producer for the Games. Read More »

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The fiction of Jonathan Safran Foer represents a very specific way of looking at the world, and celebrate the ways in which language works and fails. Foer is extremely skilled at creating images that are both fantastic and genuine; his prose can generate such an impression of seeing things unfold that they seem like natural raw material for film adaptations.

Liev Schreiber made a solid directorial debut with an adaptation of Everything is Illuminated, and now Stephen Daldry is set to bring Foer’s follow-up novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, to the screen. Read More »

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Stephen Daldry Planning Dumbo: The Musical

Disney are reported to have at least 20 stage shows in development at the moment, though it seems unlikely that they’ll all see opening night. Of those that do, a number will not be Broadway productions, instead touring or being licensed to regional theatre companies. It’s only the select few that will see The Great White Way, though what will qualify a show to be select, I don’t quite know.

One show that does seem set for a big, lavish production is the stage musical version of Dumbo, as currently being planned by Billy Elliot director Stephen Daldry. It was his idea to mount the adaptation in the first place, and in the few months since he approached Disney with his pitch, he’s been in “he very initial stages” of working up what the show might entail.

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