papillon remake

The big problem with remaking any movie that starred Steve McQueen is that you have to, you know, find someone to play a role that was played by Steve McQueen. So the newly announced remake of the prison escape drama Papillon is already at a creative deficit. 2015 does not breed men like McQueen – it breeds men who are fit to be the guy McQueen beats up in the first scene to prove what a tough customer he is! We jest of course, but come on. It’s going to be hard to find an actor from any time period who’s that cool.

The official report on the Papillon remake doesn’t contain any clues about when or if Hollywood will try to clone Steve McQueen, but you can parse through the details yourself after the jump.

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Steve McQueen documentary

Though Steve McQueen is known for iconic film roles in movies such as The Thomas Crown Affair and Bullitt, the actor was also a real racing fanatic. And in 1971, McQueen tried to combine his passion for racing and filmmaking by directing and starring in Le Mans, a racing drama about the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, the world’s oldest active sports car event in endurance racing.

Unfortunately, the film was box office flop that audiences just didn’t respond to, and the production couldn’t have been more hellacious. Now a new documentary called Steve McQueen: The Man and LeMans chronicles the troubled production, focusing on the dream of the man and the myth, who just may have felt too much pressure as the King of Cool.

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Steve McQueen directing 12 Years a Slave

Following the great success of Gone Girl, writer Gillian Flynn is joining forces with another big-name director. Flynn has been set to work with 12 Years a Slave helmer Steve McQueen for an untitled heist thriller, which he will also direct. More on the Gillian Flynn Steve McQueen project after the jump.  Read More »

Steve McQueen Treatment Yucatan

In the late ’60s, when Steve McQueen (the actor, not the current director) was one of the biggest stars in the world, McQueen outlined a treatment for an action/adventure movie. “Outlined” may be too simple a word; in fact, there’s a 1700-page document from McQueen setting up the film. Now that outline is being turned into a script by Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) called Yucatan, which is now a potential starring vehicle for Robert Downey, Jr. Read More »

Steve McQueen Sets Paul Robeson Biopic as Next Feature


Hunger and Shame got director Steve McQueen some pretty great buzz, but it wasn’t until 12 Years a Slave that he really broke through outside the indie/arthouse crowd. The slavery drama took home Best Picture at the 86th Oscars and marked McQueen as a big deal. Now he’s using the clout he gained from that film to get his next one moving.

McQueen is set to follow up 12 Years a Slave with a biopic of performer and activist Paul Robeson. Harry Belafonte is already set to star. Hit the jump for more details on the Steve McQueen Paul Robeson project.

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Top of the Lake

Last year’s Top of the Lake was Jane Campion’s first TV project since An Angel at My Table in 1990. However, she’s not waiting quite so long to return to the small screen next time. She’s currently developing a second season of Top of the Lake with Gerard Lee, who co-wrote the original.

The first season centered on Robin (Elisabeth Moss), a New Zealand detective investigating the disappearance of a pregnant 12-year-old in a small town. It’s unclear whether Moss or any of her co-stars will return, as very few details have been revealed so far about Season 2. But the first season was excellent, and I for one am eager to go wherever Campion wants to take me next. [Screen Daily]

After the jump, get details on the Monster-in-Law and In Good Company TV series, plus Steve McQueen’s new star.

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Briefly: In years past, when a director had a film that was likely to be in contention for a Best Picture Oscar, you wouldn’t hear about him signing on to do a TV project. But the reputation of TV has changed and regardless, 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen isn’t your typical director.

And so, McQueen has announced development efforts to create a series for the BBC that will chronicle several decades of black experience in London. The director told the Daily Mail that he’s going to workshop the series with a set of actors, and that the drama will be set in West London. Calling it “epic in scope,” he explained that it will follow a set of people from 1968 to 2014. “I don’t think there has been a serious drama series in Britain with black people from all walks of life as the main protagonists,” he said. Speaking to Deadline, Ben Stephenson of the BBC called it a “major drama.”

There’s a lot of work to be done on this one yet, so we might not see it for a while. Will it incorporate any stories of the ’81 Brixton riots, which McQueen was said to be exploring for a film some time ago? That’s something we don’t know at this point.


12 Years a Slave was my favorite film of the year, so I was pretty disappointed when I read in outlets such as The Guardian and Variety  that former /Filmcast guest Armond White had heckled Steve McQueen during the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. Sure, White was no fan of 12 Years a Slave, as demonstrated in our /Filmcast review of the film with him. But shouting down a man during an evening meant to praise him? It struck me as wildly inappropriate. The Chair of the NYFCC, Joshua Rothkopf, agreed and issued a public apology. 

You can listen to some low-quality audio of the incident at Filmlinc.

I asked Armond White to respond to the allegations. I have recorded our conversation and I am releasing it in its entirety as a bonus /Filmcast episode. After the jump, you can download the episode and find some transcribed excerpts from our conversation. Note that this audio file is a combination of two separate recorded files, but none of Armond’s remarks were abridged. You can read Armond’s latest “Better Than” list at CityArts. See also Luke O’Neill’s essay on “The Year We Broke The Internet.”
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Who will be nominated for the Best Director Oscar this year? We’ve got a pretty good idea now that the nominations for the Directors Guild of America’s own awards have been handed down. Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave), Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity), David O. Russell (American Hustle), Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Paul Greengrass (Captain Philips) have been honored with nominations for the 66th DGA award. Three of those (McQueen, Cuaron, Greengrass) are first-time DGA nominations.

Historically, this nomination set is a very good predictor of where the Oscars will go, but last year was a bit of a tradition breaker, as only two of the five DGA nominees got Oscar nominations, and the DGA winner, Ben Affleck, was not among them. (Ang Lee won the Oscar.)

Meanwhile, this is another major guild that has looked past Joel and Ethan Coen and Inside Llewyn Davis; Spike Jonze is another director of significant achievement in 2013 who didn’t get a nomination. 

The full list of feature directorial nominations is below, with accompanying notes from the DGA. Read More »