Posted on Friday, September 4th, 2015 by Angie Han
There are plenty of reasons to be intrigued by Black Mass — its fascinating real-life inspiration, that absolutely stellar cast, director Scott Cooper — but the main question on everyone’s minds seems to be what it means for Johnny Depp‘s career.
While Depp has been on a losing streak since sometime around Dark Shadows, the first trailer for Black Mass suggested a possible return to form. And now the results are in, following the film’s Venice Film Festival premiere. Get the Black Mass early buzz after the jump. Read More »
Last year, Warner Bros. got hold of a story called American Wolf. That’s the film concept based on a book proposal from a Texas Monthly editor that tells the story of a hunter who accidentally kills an endangered wolf while on a trip in Yellowstone. Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way, with Langley Park, picked up the rights last year, and Warner Bros. will release the eventual film. And now Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, seen above, Black Mass) is in talks to direct. Read More »
If you haven’t been impressed with the work Johnny Depp has been putting out over the past decade, with disappointments like Mortdecai, The Tourist, Dark Shadows, The Lone Ranger, Transcendence, and tired Pirates of the Caribbean sequels, it looks like Black Mass might restore your faith in the actor.
A new trailer for the crime thriller from Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace director Scott Cooper has just surfaced showing off more of what appears to be an Oscar-worthy performance from Johnny Depp as the infamous Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, who was given free criminal reign thanks to his brother (Benedict Cumberbatch) being situated at the FBI.
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Hollywood doesn’t give us a lot of great gangster movies anymore, so when there’s one on the horizon that looks promising, we all get excited. Is this the next Scarface, White Heat, Goodfellas or Godfather? We don’t know yet, but Black Mass certainly has a shot at success.
Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) the film stars Johnny Depp as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, who became an FBI informant to help take down the Italian mob. The film co-stars Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons, Corey Stoll, Rory Cochrane, Sienna Miller, Adam Scott and opens in September.
Below, watch the first Black Mass trailer. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Scott Cooper will follow up his Whitey Bulger biopic Black Mass with another true-life tale. He’s attached to direct a feature about the Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew of Prescott, Arizona, who perished in the Yarnell Hill wildfire. The news comes almost exactly one year after the real-life tragedy took place. Hit the jump for more details.
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Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2014 by Angie Han
The bad news about Scott Cooper‘s Whitey Bulger biopic (formerly titled Black Mass) is that it’s just lost Guy Pearce. The good news is, it’s just added Benedict Cumberbatch as his replacement — and Adam Scott, Sienna Miller, and Julianne Nicholson besides.
The quartet join a star-studded cast that also includes Joel Edgerton, Dakota Johnson, Juno Temple, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, and Johnny Depp as Bulger himself. Hit the jump to learn whom the new actors are playing.
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You may remember that one of the films about Whitey Bulger that has been making its way to the screen is Black Mass. If things had gone a different way than they did in the end, Barry Levinson would be shooting it soon with Johnny Depp in the lead role and Joel Edgerton supporting. But the budget ballooned, the producers tried to cut costs, and when Depp was asked to slash his asking price, he bailed. The movie effectively died then.
Now Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is in early talks to revive the film. And Deadline says that Depp could come back to work with him. What ruthless irony it would be if Depp took less money this time out than he had originally planned to under Levinson.
The film was set in motion by a Mark Mallouk script based on the book ‘Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob’ by Dick Lehr and Gerald O’Neill. Cooper would rewrite, but hopefully he’ll stick to the core story, in which Bulger consolidated his power by working as an FBI informant who turned over info on his rivals through collusion with a childhood friend who ended up in the Bureau.
Scott Cooper‘s star-studded drama Out of the Furnace has, so far, been a box office disappointment. Despite the Oscar-caliber cast and crew, the film has grossed only $10 million since its December 4 release. Now, to rub even more salt in the wound, the filmmakers are being sued by seventeen Ramapough Indians who “feel embarrassed and humiliated because of false representations” the film makes about people who live in Ramapo Mountains of northern New Jersey. Read More »
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Scott Cooper isn’t a director with mainstream interests. His first film, Crazy Heart, was about a grizzled old musician; it won an Oscar for Jeff Bridges. His second film, Out of the Furnace, tells a methodical story of crime and revenge set in and around a blue collar Pennsylvania town during 2008, just as the American economy began to crap the bed. Christian Bale stars at Russ, a man with plenty of hardship in his life, who is forced to deal with even more problems when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) disappears. Throughout, Cooper is interested in the setting and characters, and subtly suggesting information to an audience, instead of huge setpieces and obvious reveals.
We spoke to Cooper about the difficulties of bringing a smaller story like this to the big screen. We also talked about how he changed the original screenplay, the rising trend of rural noir, some of the film’s questionable decisions and ultimately why he decided not to make The Stand. Read the full interview below. Read More »
Briefly: The Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s massive novel The Stand has become something of a revolving door project for creatives. Harry Potter screenwriter/director pair Steve Kloves and David Yates were on board at one point, but gave way to Ben Affleck after some time in development. Then Affleck moved on, and Scott Cooper, of Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace, came on to rewrite and direct.
Now Cooper has bailed, too. Read More »