James Schamus, the former head of Focus Features and writer of films like The Ice Storm and Lust, Caution, has found his next directing project: College Republicans, a script which topped the Black List a decade ago but has taken on new significance thanks to the corruption in the Republican party that’s played out over the past few years. Logan Lerman (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) are set to star. Read More »
Posted on Friday, January 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan are heading back to campus, but this time they’re trading poetry for politics. The pair are reuniting with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for College Republicans, Wes Jones‘s Black List script about Karl Rove and Lee Atwater‘s younger days. Radcliffe is attached to play Atwater, while DeHaan will tackle the part of Rove. Get plot details and more after the jump.
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Wes Jones‘ script College Republicans, a dramedy which centers on the early days of Republican strategist Karl Rove, made the Black List in 2010 and was soon rumored as a Richard Linklater film with Shia LaBeouf possibly starring.
Some things have changed, but it looks like the film is definitely going to happen. Rather than Shia taking the lead, it looks like Paul Dano will play the young Rove as he has some of his early experiences in national politics with Lee Atwater, who later became advisor and strategist to Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Read More »
The Black List has been released. The annual list is compiled with a poll of 300 (up from last year’s 250) development executives and high-level assistants, and contains a ranking of the hot screenplays making the rounds in Hollywoodland, which were written in, or are somehow uniquely associated with, 2010 and will not be released in theaters during this calendar year. Basically, the black list contains the hottest projects in Hollywood that you haven’t heard of yet.
Note: The headline is a slightly inaccurate, because a lot of these screenplays have already been acquired (six of the top ten listed), a bunch are in production now, and some have even finished production. One of this year’s top ten screenplays, J.C. Chandor‘s Margin Call, about the last 24 hours at now-defunct investment bank Lehman Brothers is already in the can and set to premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival with Chandor at the helm and Kevin Spacey and Paul Bettany star. The top screenplay om the list, College Republicans, already has Shia LaBeouf and Paul Dano attached to star.
Started in 2005 by a young executive at Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way, who polled 90+ peers to send him their 10 favorite new unproduced screenplays to read over the holidays. The underground list was e-mailed around and quickly became a Hollywood phenomenon. To give you an idea, the top three entries of the 2005 list where Things We Lost in the Fire, Juno, and Lars and the Real Girl. However it should be noted that a warning appears at the beginning of the list:
“THE BLACK LIST is not a “best of” list. It is, at best, a “most liked” list.”
Also, it should be noted that many people in recent years have begun accuse participants for pushing their own/friends clients.
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Either Shia LaBeouf has great business sense, or his agent deserves a raise. Since Disturbia, he’s kept a near flawless track record at the box office, continually signing up for movies that, at best, have gone on to be some of the highest grossers of the year, and at worst, still land comfortably at #1 for the weekend. His next film, Transformers: The Dark of the Moon, isn’t likely to change that.
Once Shia’s completed work on Transformers though, he isn’t committed to anything. He’s attached to star in the currently director-less big screen adaption of John Grisham’s legal thriller The Associate, and he’s expressed interest in working with John Hillcoat on a crime drama spec script called Triple Nine, but as of now, he’s without a follow-up.
That doesn’t mean he isn’t eyeing some projects, however. Evidently he’s eager to star in College Republicans, a curious sounding comedy-drama about “a young Karl Rove vying for the position of chief campus conservative under the guidance of one Lee Atwater, who’s his campaign manager”. Read More »