18 items from 2012
Moving from the Chichester Festival Theatre, in February of this year, Singin’ In The Rain has found a welcoming home in the charming Palace Theatre. They put on a terrific show, featuring all the well-known hits including ‘Good Morning’, ‘Make ‘em Laugh’ and ‘Moses Supposes’, plus some extra songs effortlessly merged into this revival run. The show stars Adam Cooper as Don Lockwood, Daniel Crossley as Cosmo Brown and Scarlett Strallen as Kathy Selden.
While Singin’ In The Rain lead Adam Cooper may not quite hit the perfect charm of legendary talent Gene Kelly as Lockwood, his portrayal is unquestionably exciting. Cooper really finds the essence of the original as the production develops, his version of the title song is flawless, but he often appears more comfortable in the bigger dance set pieces.
There’s a rain-soaked stage as that song begins to play and it really did give me shivers. »
- Dan Bullock
With major tentpole films such as “World War Z” and “GI Joe: Retaliation” recently experiencing major structural changes, in both cases executed well after the majority of the film has been shot, the public awareness of just how much behind-the-scenes finagling occurs has gone up ten-fold. Constant revisions and re-edits may appear to be damaging to the final product, but in actuality they're oftentimes just another essential part of the process -- or at least Universal and Warner Bros. are hoping so, as they begin major rewrites to two scripts floating around within their gates.
At the start of the year, the Mark Wahlberg actioner “Contraband” may not have revolutionized cinema in really any way, but the film nevertheless stood out at the box office amidst an otherwise quiet field, taking in nearly $100 million worldwide. Naturally, it makes sense for Universal to keep those involved around, and for the film's writer, »
- Charlie Schmidlin
Some writer news recaps for you today. Here they are in brief: Warner Bros. has tapped I Am Legend 2 screen writer, Arash Amel, to do a page-one rewrite of director James Watkin's Methuselah draft. Universal Pictures is looking to Contraband scribe Aaron Guzikowski to turn in a new draft of Evan Spiliotopoulos's treatment of Herman Melville's Moby Dick. Hit the jump for more details on each project. First up from Variety comes the news that Amel will turn in a fresh new draft of Methusaleh. The original draft, written by director Watkins (The Woman in Black), followed a 1,000-year-old man who developed an extensive set of survival skills during his lifetime. The picture is set as an action-adventure film and will be produced by David Heyman of the Harry Potter franchise. Amel is expected to begin work on Methuselah after turning in his draft of the I Am Legend sequel, »
- Dave Trumbore
Think back to this past Thursday, when yours truly expressed the widespread, hard-to-dispute opinion that Ridley Scott is a busy man — what with all the epic films he’s planning to direct, and at a more “advanced” stage in his life. Yet all that just isn’t enough. In adding something to the heap, a talk with Esquire (via /Film) has revealed that, either as a producer or director, Scott will eventually put his name to a film centered on Moses.
Here’s his quote on that matter:
“I’ve got something else in the works. I’m already doing it. It’s called ‘Moses.’ Seriously, seriously. It’s going to happen. I probably shouldn’t have let that slip out. I’m not supposed to say anything. It’s definitely in the cards, though. What’s interesting to me about Moses isn’t the big stuff that everybody knows. »
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
One only has to look at Ridley Scott's IMDb page to realize of the many, many, many, many projects he has in development, at the age of 74, the sand in hourglass is running out and he's not going to get to them all. But don't tell him that, as the director keeps piling them on. Most recently the "Blade Runner" sequel and a western that's most likely "The Color Of Lightning" have been buzzed about the most, and of course, there's "The Counselor" which he'll shoot this fall. And we presume that after "Prometheus" opens this weekend, provided all goes to plan, sequel chatter will begin to pick up around that film as well (he's already been talking about it). But of course, there's even more he's working on.
The director recently sat down with Esquire, and when they casually suggested they'd like to see him direct a movie based on a Bible story, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While his cinematic rendering of the biblical tale, Noah, is currently in pre-production, Darren Aronofsky is potentially amassing another historical figure to bring to life on screen with Variety reporting that the Black Swan director may helm The General, a biopic about America's first president, George Washington. Being described as more of an Unforgiven-like tale than a straight historical drama, the script hails from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, whose previous credits surprisingly include the Justin Long college comedy Accepted, the Olsen twins' New York Minute, and the recent comedic romp, Tower Heist. »
Darren Aronofsky is in negotiations with Paramount pictures to produce and direct a biopic about George Washington.
With the popularity of historical mashups these days — Abraham Lincoln fighting vampires and zombies invading Jane Austen novels — it seems almost surprising to hear of a George Washington biopic that doesn’t feature werewolves or aliens.
Yet that is precisely the case with Adam Cooper and Bill Collage’s script “The General”, to which Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is attached to produce and direct. According to Variety, Paramount Pictures is currently in negotiations to acquire the project.
Paramount has a first-look deal with Aronofsky. If the studio doesn’t close a deal in the next couple of days, other studios will have a chance to bid on the project.
Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources tell the trade that the script is similar to “Unforgiven”, as opposed to a straightforward historical drama. »
- Robert Falconer
Late last week we learned that Darren Aronofsky's Noah had finally been given a release date of March 28th, 2014, with Russell Crowe already confirmed for the lead role. Now this week Paramount is looking at potentially teaming up with Aronofsky again for another period biopic, this time one that is slightly less epic in scale. According to Variety, they are in talks to acquire The General, a movie about George Washington written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). Aronofsky is already attached to produce and direct, so if the project gets a greenlight it could quickly become his follow-up to Noah. Full plot details for The General are not yet being made available, but the movie is said to be "more of an Unforgiven-like tale rather than a straight historical drama." As long as George Washington doesn't also hunt zombies or vampires, I think I will »
As director Darren Aronofsky is gearing up to direct his epic biblical film Noah, he's lining up his next film project over at Paramount Pictures. He's in negotiations with the studio to develop a movie about George Washington called The General.
This is awesome! The world needs a great movie based on George Washington. The best representation I've seen of the first president of the United States was in the HBO mini series John Adams. The film will be written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted), and as of right now there's not many details on what the movie will be about. Variety does tell us that it will be "more of an Unforgiven-like tale rather than a straight historical drama." I'm a huge history buff, so this is a movie I am very much looking forward to seeing.
This sounds like a great film project and I hope »
As we all know, George Washington tried desperately to become a professional wrestler and world-class ballet dancer, so it makes sense that the General-turned-President would be the focus of a future Darren Aronofsky project. The director has attached himself to The General – a biopic with a script from Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). According to Variety, the director is shopping the project to Paramount (as contractually obligated) but if they pass, he’ll be taking it around town. Then, after they see the town, they’ll start taking meetings with studio executives. Why they’re stealing the name from a brilliant Buster Keaton Civil War adventure is unclear. However, it sounds like a solid enough idea. Cooper and Collage must be showing off a different side for Aronofsky to get on board like this, but it’s high time that we get a dirty-handed version of Washington. After »
- Cole Abaius
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire "The General," a George Washington film that Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler) is shopping around. Aronofsky is attached to produce and direct from a scrip by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Tower Heist, Accepted). Plot details are being kept under wraps, but sources tell Variety that the script is similar to "Unforgiven," rather than a straight historical drama. Paramount has a first-look deal with Aronofsky. If the studio doesn't close a deal in the next couple of days, other studio will get a shot to bid on the project. It's nice to see George Washington get a film, considering that many projects have been focusing on Abraham Lincoln, including "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" and Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." »
Variety reports that the Black Swan helmer is attached to produce and direct a biopic about America’s first President George Washington, titled ‘The General’.
Written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, the movie is an ‘Unforgiven-style’ look at the life of the President that we imagine by the title and premise will follow his distinguished military career. Nobody is quite certain of what precisely the film is about at this point but we are sure intrigued, especially as the film’s screenwriters don’t have a background that would make you think ‘historical drama’. Cooper and Collage are the scribes behind the teen movies ‘New York Minute’ and ‘Accepted’, and more recently came up with the story that eventually became the ensemble comedy ‘Tower Heist’ last year.
Paramount Pictures have first option on ‘The »
- Matt Holmes
Little is known about The General script penned by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (Accepted, Tower Heist story) other than the obvious focus on George Washington. There are rumors the film will play more like Unforgiven than a straightforward biopic, but at this time the rumor has been neither confirmed or denied.
The combination of Aronofsky's success with Black Swan starring Natalie Portman and the lack of a big Hollywood production based on the first President of the United States makes the project a hot commodity to acquire for several studios. Should Paramount fail to close a deal, The General will be shopped to other studios with the highest bidder scoring the rights - assuming multiple studios are willing to put up the cash. »
Paramount Pictures is in negotiations to acquire the George Washington biopic "The General" for Darren Aronofsky to produce and direct reports Variety.
Adam Cooper and Bill Collage ("Accepted") penned the script which avoids straight historical drama in favour of a more "Unforgiven"-esque deconstructionist take on the man and historical period. Plot specifics are being kept under wraps.
Despite a deal expected to be closed in the next few days, it's unsure when the project would go into production. Aronofsky is currently casting his Biblical epic "Noah" which stars Russell Crowe, and is also said to be eyeing the Judy Garland biopic "Get Happy" at The Weinstein Company. »
- Garth Franklin
As an auteur Darren Aronofsky has brought us into the world of wrestler, ballerinas and even the past, present and future. He’s now set to tackle Noah next and after that big-budget film wraps up he might give our first president his own character drama. Variety reports he is set to produced and direct a drama titled The General, which focuses in on George Washington.
Paramount Pictures is looking to acquired the film, written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who have worked on Tower Heist, Accepted and New York Minute. Going from the Olsen twins to Brett Ratner to Darren Aronofsky is an odd path, but the material must be worthy if he has his eye on it. Details are sparse, except that the film follows in the vein of Clint Eastwood‘s Unforgiven, instead of a “straight historical drama.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Although there has been a lot of talk lately regarding Darren Aronofsky's Noah, the sure-fire director may have another project lined up that's a bit more grounded. Paramount, in part of a first-look deal with Aronofsky's Protozoa Pictures, is looking to land him as a producer and director for The General, a George Washington picture scripted by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (both of Tower Heist). Variety reports that The General is said to be in the vein of Unforgiven and not a straightforward historical drama. Aronofsky is also reportedly eyeing The Weinstein Co.'s Judy Garland biopic, Get Happy, with Anne Hathaway set to star. We'll have to wait and see whether or not Paramount seals the deal or if other studios will get a shot at the Oscar-nominated director. »
- Dave Trumbore
Darren Aronofsky recently wrapped up production support last year with Paramount and New Regency joining his epic telling of the Noah's Ark story to be called Noah with Russell Crowe as the biblical hero. Variety reported on another Aronofsky project in acquisition talks with Paramount Pictures. Paramount looked like to pick up The General, a George Washington drama from scribes Adam Cooper and Bill Collage as part of the studio’s first look deal with Aronofsky’s production shingle Protozoa Pictures. Variety described The General as a thriller similar to Clint Eastwood’s Unforgiven instead of a patriotic costume drama. »
Exclusive New Regency has optioned the rights to the book "Blood Feud," the true story of a whistleblower at Johnson & Johnson, TheWrap has learned. Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, who wrote "Tower Heist," are attached to adapt. Kathleen Sharp, a journalist who has written for The New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Fortune and other magazines, wrote the book "Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever." She will be a consultant on the project. "Blood Feud" is billed as a real-life thriller about the anti-anemia »
- Joshua L. Weinstein
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