Looks like the lead in the Richard Pryor biopic has gone to Mike Epps. Somehow, early on in the process, it looked like Nick Cannon was going to get the gig, and thus be enshrined in proximity to Pryor’s simply by virtue of proximity. But then Mike Epps came roaring up from the back of the pack with a screen test that was reportedly impossible to ignore. (He’d been attached to play Pryor in a previous version of this project.) So now we’ve got a Lee Daniels film about Richard Pryor, starring Mike Epps. That should be nuts. Read More »
Posted on Monday, January 13th, 2014 by Angie Han
Bible-based projects are hotter than ever. This year alone, we’ll see Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Jesus tale Son of God. But while most are taking the familiar form of an historical epic, WGN America is going a different way with their religiously inspired new miniseries.
Produced by The Weinstein Co., 10 Commandments will consist of ten episodes, each of which will focus on a different commandment. Different is the key word here. Each installment will be helmed by a different director, with Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera among those attached right now. (Yes, that Michael Cera.) Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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It almost feels like there could be a movie about the effort to make a biopic about Richard Pryor. Various producers and directors have been attached to the film over the past few years, with Richard Condon almost getting the green light back in 2010. The film is in the hands of the Weinstein Company, and after Lee Daniels and the company did well together with The Butler (er, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) the plan is now for them to reunite to chronicle Pryor’s life. Read More »
As we mentioned a few days ago, one of the great pleasures of the award season, which does arrive each year with a grand set of problems and irritants, is that filmmakers are given more opportunities than usual to discuss their work, and some of those opportunities are more extensive than others. THR has created a series of “creative roundtables” over the past few years, in which likely Oscar candidates talk with each other about their work.
Below you’ll find the new directors roundtable, in which Steve McQueen, Paul Greengrass, David O. Russell, Ben Stiller, Alfonso Cuaron and Lee Daniels discuss all manner of topics related to filmmaking. Make time for the 50-minute talk; it’s very much worth it. Read More »
I had a long conversation at Fantastic Fest with Evan of Badass Digest about our growing mutual interest in Lee Daniels, director of Precious, The Paperboy and The Butler. Our shared opinion boiled down to the fact that Daniels is a rare man, the sort of director who straddles fringe and mainstream, and who makes weirdly personal exploitation films that still manage to attract a top-flight cast.
I mean, have you seen The Paperboy? It is amazing. Many directors deliberately try to channel a weird, subversive spirit, but Daniels can’t seem to do anything else. I don’t think the guy could make a straightforward movie if you put a gun to his head. His stuff may not be good, but my growing interest in his stuff isn’t ironic — it is genuinely rooted in a fascination that a person exists who thinks that his movie The Paperboy is the way to tell that particular story.
What does that have to do with anything? Well, now Daniels is saying he wants to cast Alex Pettyfer — an actor I think is best suited to playing sculptures carved out of wood — as one half of a gay interracial action duo. What a perfect concept. But beware: according to Daniels, even giving away that concept spoils the movie. Hey, don’t look at me; he did it first. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
Janis Joplin has yet to get the biopic treatment (well, unless you count Jenna Maroney’s Jackie Jormp-Jomp), but that’ll change soon if Lee Daniels has anything to do with it. The director attached himself last year to a Joplin drama with Amy Adams in the lead, and now he says that the film will be his follow-up to Lee Daniels’ The Butler.
That’s not the only project Daniels has in the works, however. Beyond that, he also wants to make an adaptation of the Broadway musical Miss Saigon, and then a horror movie of some sort. More on the Joplin movie and Daniels’ other upcoming efforts after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
Following in the footsteps of his old boss Gus, Mike will drop by Greendale in the next season of Community. Also after the jump:
- Game of Thrones recasts one of its roles for Season 4
- Lee Daniels is circling a Sammy Davis Jr. movie for HBO
- History greenlights Houdini mini with Adrien Brody
- FX is developing a Louie-style comedy for DL Hughley
- Sony is adapting Robert Rodriguez‘s El Mariachi for TV
- See trailers for Yahoo series from Ed Helms, Jack Black, and more
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Posted on Thursday, July 11th, 2013 by Angie Han
You may recall that a couple of years back, Lee Daniels was debating between two civil-rights themed projects. He ultimately settled on the White House drama The Butler, which opens next month. But the other, Selma, hasn’t been forgotten entirely — it’s just in new hands now.
Ava DuVernay, the rising star behind last year’s Sundance drama Middle of Nowhere, has taken over the project. David Oyelowo remains attached to play MLK, as he has since 2010. Hit the jump for more details on the project.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 by Angie Han
Hollywood has been trying and failing to make a Janis Joplin biopic for years, but all of a sudden it looks like two such films are on their way. Over the summer, Martha Marcy May Marlene helmer Sean Durkin signed on to direct Joplin with Tony winner Nina Arianda as the famed songstress. Now the competing project Get It While You Can, with star Amy Adams, has Precious director Lee Daniels circling. If all goes well, production could get going as soon as early 2013. More after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, August 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
It took a couple of years after Precious for director Lee Daniels to get cameras rolling on his follow-up, the lurid Southern melodrama The Paperboy, but he’s barely even taking a breather before heading into his next picture. Even as The Paperboy gears up for its theatrical run, Daniels has already started shooting The Butler with Forest Whitaker in the lead as longtime White House servant Eugene Allen.
Although the film’s drawn quite a bit of attention in recent months for its star-studded cast, which includes Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Terrence Howard, and many, many more, the first official still is a simple one of Whitaker at work. Check it out after the jump.
UPDATE: We now also have photos of James Marsden and Minka Kelly in costume as John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy. See them after the jump.
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