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.

More details and some quotes from the actor, after the break. 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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I don’t know how Brad Pitt really has time to schedule anything of late, but evidently he’s trying to get The Hatfields and the McCoys made at Warner Bros. The film would cover the legendary American family feud, and now has Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper attached to direct. Read More »

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It doesn’t look like he’s getting to it any time soon, but after Martin Scorsese finishes The Invention of Hugo Cabret and the planned follow-up Silence (his ‘Jesuit priest drama’) there has been talk of finally making The Irishman, which would reunite the director with Robert De Niro.

The Irishman is based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses, which is about Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran, a mob assassin who is believed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders, and claimed to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. Over a year ago De Niro said that he and Scorsese had the idea of incorporating a ‘film within a film’ angle to this project. Now a comment by Robert De Niro suggests that the project will have a very Fellini-esque twist, should it come to fruition as currently conceived. 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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Anyone with even a cursory knowledge of acclaimed UK television probably saw this coming. So many great series have been adapted or are on the verge, and one notable political project was missing: House of Cards, originally broadcast in 1990. Now David Fincher and his The Curious Case of Benjamin Button screenwriter Eric Roth are re-teaming to adapt the series into an ongoing hour-long drama for US television. Read More »

Movie Review: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

[The following contains minor spoilers for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.]

The premise of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button holds a great deal of promise: If you were forced to live life backwards, starting with old age and ending with infancy, how would you do it differently? If you experienced the tragic death of those around you at the outset of life, how would that change the way you valued future relationships? If you could re-live your young adult days with the accumulated knowledge of 60 years of experience, how enthusiastically would you take on the world? After reading about the film and watching director David Fincher’s interview with Charlie Rose, it’s clear to me that Fincher set out primarily to make a movie that answers these questions. While I don’t think he succeeds to any meaningful degree, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is nonetheless a beautiful, moving film, and one that ultimately and profoundly confronts notions of fate and chance.
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In October, it was reported that Martin Scorsese had signed on to direct Robert De Niro in an adaptation of Charles Brandt‘s 2005 novel I Heard You Paint Houses. Adapted by Schindler’s List scribe Steve Zaillian, the movie will tell the story of Frank “the Irishman” Sheeran, a mob assassin who is believed to have carried out more than 25 mob murders, and claimed to have killed Jimmy Hoffa. Last month, Robert De Niro mentioned that he would also be reteaming with Marty on a second project.

“We have an even more ambitious plan of doing another movie connected to it, in some way, with Eric Roth hopefully writing that script,” De Niro said.

When I talked with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Forrest Gump) earlier in the week, I tried to find out more about the project. Roth wasn’t talking, but I was able to get a few details out of him. Ready?

Roth calls the second movie is “an odd ball thing” and revealed that it is “a film within a film [I Head You Paint Houses]”.

No word on when this project would go into production, but one would assume that both movies would be filmed simultaneously. When the project was announced in October, Paramount was aiming for a 2011 release. Find out more about I Heard You Paint Houses in our previous article.

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Eric Roth Goes Sci-Fi

Academy Award-winning screenwriter Eric Roth has announced that he will be going Sci-Fi. Roth has a “terrific idea” for a “BIG Space movie” for Warner Bros starting next year. Roth pitched his original concept to Collider as “somewhere between the intelligence of 2001 and the mythology of Star Wars”. The idea is not “so intellectual that it’s confounding” and also not “the kind of wonderful fantasy that [George] Lucas” use to do.

Wow, that’s all I can say. For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Roth is the screenwriter of such films as Forrest Gump, Munich, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ali and The Insider. Any hack can use the films Star Wars and 2001 to hype up their next project, but Roth is not that hack — he is the real deal.