Update 2/11/21: According to THR, Universal won a heated bidding war for the screen rights to Falling, paying $1.5 million and beating out other suitors including Neil Moritz, Jason Bateman, Matt Reeves, and Jerry Bruckheimer. Our original story from February 8 continues below.

You’ve probably never heard of T.J. Newman, and until a few days ago, Hollywood hadn’t either. But the rookie author is currently on the minds of several major players who are all jockeying for the rights to adapt her debut novel, Falling, into a film or TV show. The book, which is set on an airplane, has been described as “Speed at 35,000 feet” and sounds like a throwback to the kind of thriller that used to be commonplace in the 1990s, but that we’d love to see make a large scale comeback.
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falling trailer new

Viggo Mortensen makes his directorial debut with Falling, the story of a gay man dealing with his estranged, conservative father who is suffering from dementia. Mortensen also stars in the pic, which features great character actor Lance Henriksen as the antagonistic father. Falling played at both Sundance and at TIFF last year, where it was met with mixed reviews. Now it’s headed to theaters and digital in February. Watch the trailer below.

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falling trailer

Viggo Mortensen is the latest high-profile actor to make his directorial debut, with the father-son drama Falling. Mortensen stars in Falling as a middle-aged gay man whose conservative and homophobic father Willis (Lance Henriksen) starts to exhibit symptoms of dementia, forcing him to sell the family farm and move to Los Angeles to live with John and his husband Eric (Terry Chen). Naturally, things get a little tense. Watch the Falling trailer below.

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Falling Review

“Sorry to bring you into this world just to die.” So begins Falling, Viggo Mortensen’s frustrating and flawed father/son drama that demands rather than earns empathy from its deeply unlikeable central character and his near saintly son.

Told over two timelines, Mortensen’s script (and directorial debut) shows Willis as a young father (Sverrir Gudnason) and an elderly, sundowning parent (Lance Henriksen). Whether being an obnoxious, abusive prick decades ago or an aggressively homophobic shmuck in the present, the character is deeply unpalatable, almost comedic about his level of boorishness.

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