Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune adaptation is finally coming together. The French-Canadian director gave an update on his highly anticipated take on Frank Herbert‘s notoriously difficult-to-adapt sci-fi series, which has challenged and felled great directors like David Lynch, Ridley Scott, and Alejandro Jodorowsky. Now Villeneuve is stepping up to the plate with his two-part adaptation, having already completed the first draft of the screenplay with screenwriter Eric Roth. And now with the draft of the screenplay out of the way, Villeneuve confirmed that he plans to start pre-production on the film “soon.”
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In the wake of news that the sixth season of House of Cards will be its last comes word of multiple spinoffs. Producers Netflix and Media Rights Capital are in the stages of planing several different ideas for a potential spinoff of the flagship Netflix series, which has been running since 2013. Word of the House of Cards conclusion and potential spinoffs comes on the heels of allegations leveled against star Kevin Spacey.
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Dune is widely considered to be one of the best sci-fi stories ever, and a daunting task to adapt to film. So it’s a good thing that Legendary has tapped an Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated team to helm the reboot.
Forrest Gump screenwriter Eric Roth is set to write the script for Arrival director Denis Villeneuve‘s Dune, the second Hollywood adaptation of the beloved Frank Herbert novel after David Lynch’s classic film in 1984 starring Kyle MacLachlan.
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The director of True Detective is taking on another full TV series — this time a period thriller set in New York City. The Caleb Carr novel The Alienist will be adapted for television, with True Detective and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga (above, with Matthew McConaughey, who is not attached to this series) in the director’s chair. He and Eric Roth will exec produce, with Hossein Amini (Drive) writing the pilot script and also serving as exec producer. The language of the announcement makes it sound like Fukunaga will direct the entire Alienist TV series, rather than just the pilot.
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Briefly: Juan Antonio Bayona, a disciple of Guillermo Del Toro, first directed The Orphanage. He followed that with The Impossible, which garnered Naomi Watts an Oscar nomination. Next up, the former music video director will follow his famous friend to Warner Bros. where he’ll direct an untitled sci-fi film written by Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, Munich, The Insider) and produced by Kevin McCormick (Gangster Squad).
There’s no word on what it’s about but Roth is a hugely talented screenwriter and him teaming with Bayona is something to keep an eye on. [Variety]
Every year during awards season, The Hollywood Reporter somehow organizes the schedules of basically every single actor, actress, writer and director of the year’s best films to sit down and discuss them. This, in itself, is pretty spectacular. What’s even better is they release the videos of the full conversations so we can watch. For the 2011 Writers’ Roundtable, they’ve brought together Moneyball‘s Steve Zaillan and Aaron Sorkin, The Skin I Live In‘s Pedro Almodovar, J. Edgar‘s Dustin Lance Black, Rampart‘s Oren Moverman and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close‘s Eric Roth to discuss their own, and each others’, scripts, all of which have a good shot at multiple award nominations. Check out the video after the jump. Read More »
Eventually, audiences will see a new film about Cleopatra, it’s just a question of when. Angelina Jolie has been attached to play the famous Pharaoh and filmmakers like James Cameron and Paul Greengrass have been attached to make a film based on Stacy Schiff‘s biography Cleopatra: A Life. The latest name attached is David Fincher and Variety now reports one of Fincher’s ace collaborators, writer Eric Roth, has been called in to rewrite a first draft by Brian Helgeland. Read More »
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 »
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A few years ago it looked like Tim Burton would direct Ripley’s Believe It Or Not with Jim Carrey set to star as newspaperman Robert Ripley, who created an enduring brand as he collected stories of the exotic and unusual for his entertaining column. The movie didn’t happen, but it turns out the script wasn’t dead, only dormant.
Now Eric Roth (Forrest Gump, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) is set to do “a complete rewrite overhaul,” according to Deadline. Jim Carrey is still set to appear. No idea who might direct, but Eric Roth scripts tend to attract top-flight talent, so it could well be a notable name. Read More »
Here’s good news and bad news. The good news is that, yes, confirming recent reports, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci are still planning to be part of Martin Scorsese‘s film The Irishman, which is planned to star Robert De Niro as Mafia hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. The bad news is that in talking about the future of the film, Robert De Niro cast doubt on the idea that it will be paired with a much more ambitious second film that has been described in terms related to Fellini’s 8 1/2.
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