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After the success of her debut Mustang — which premiered at Cannes and went on to get nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars — director Deniz Gamze Ergüven is making her first English-language film with Kings, a film set in 1992 La as tension rises during Rodney King’s infamous trail.
Deadline reports Daniel Craig is now in talks to play one of the only white residents in South Central, who befriends Halle Berry’s character, a tough and protective mother. When all hell breaks loose, Craig’s character helps Berry find her child who is caught in the thick of the violence during the riots. The film will reportedly have a blend of hope and raw emotion akin to Mustang.
This has been a passion project for Ergüven for years, dating back to her graduation from the French Fémis film school. She almost made it as her debut, but »
- Mike Mazzanti
Few filmmakers arrive with debut films as startling and masterful as Deniz Gamze Erguven, whose “Mustang” stunned the festival circuit last year and earned four César Awards and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Fortunately for domestic fans of the sisterhood drama, the filmmaker is waisting no time planning her English-language debut. Erguven had previously cast Halle Berry in a role, and now Deadline reports that Daniel Craig is circling the project as well.
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Entitled “Kings,” the upcoming drama is set against the rising tensions in Los Angeles during the 1992 Rodney King trial. Craig would take on the role of Ollie, one of South Central’s only white residents who befriends Berry’s character, a protective mother who looks after a group of kids. Berry’s mother is secretly in love with Ollie, and »
- Zack Sharf
Should Craig come on board, he will portray a loner who lives in South Central Los Angeles and falls in love with Berry’s character. When the riots erupt, he will help Berry in protecting her children from the violence.
The riots started a few hours after a jury in suburban Simi Valley acquitted four Los Angeles Police officers of use of excessive force in the videotaped arrest and beating of Rodney King in 1991 following a high-speed chase. A total of 55 people died during the riots amid looting, assault and arson causing more than $1 billion of property damage. »
- Dave McNary
In news that, at this point, should surprise nobody, Daniel Craig has joined another project that doesn’t involve martinis or have a license to kill. The actor continues to carve a career path away from 007, which involves working with topshelf directors like Steven Soderbergh (“Logan Lucky“) and Todd Field (“Purity“). Read More: Showtime Orders […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
It's been a decade since director Todd Field's masterful Little Children followed up his equally potent In the Bedroom, and we have been clammoring for his next effort since. After many close calls and proposed projects, his next literary adaptation is finally coming to fruition. Showtime has announced a two season, 20 episode order for Purity, based on last year's Jonathan Franzen globehopping novel. With the cable network throwing its weight behind the series, this is exciting news for those over us who have watched his many projects never get beyond the announcement stage.
This one comes with a high pedigree: Daniel Craig has signed on to play the central pseudo-WikiLeaks activist Andreas Wolf (sealing the final nail in the coffin to any Bond speculation), with Franzen and Oscar nominee David Hare sharing the writing duties with Field. The female lead has yet to be cast, but it's a strong »
- Chris Feil
In today’s edition of TV Bits: Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Todd Field‘s series Purity, which will star Daniel Craig. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the wrestling comedy G.L.O.W. Outlander, Transparent, and UnREAL have all been renewed. Back in February, we heard that Todd Field was working on an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen‘s Purity. The director behind two stunning […]
- Jack Giroux
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Showtime has ordered the Purity TV series, starring Daniel Craig as Andreas Wolf. The limited series is based on the Jonathan Franzen novel of the same name. Showtime has ordered 20 episodes of Purity, to air over the course of two years. Back in February, there was quite a bidding war for the new drama.
Craig will executive produce with Todd Field, who is writing, and will also direct every episode. Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, and Jonathan Franzen are also executive producing. Hare and Franzen will also serve as writers on the Purity TV series.
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The series was picked up with a twenty-episode order and centers on a young woman named Purity (aka Pip) who, in search of answers about herself and her family, winds up interning in South America at the Sunlight Project - a group which deals with all the secrets of the world.
Craig is eyed to play Andreas, a German provocateur who crosses paths with Pip. Todd Field ("In the Bedroom") will write, direct and executive produce the series which Franzen, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, and David Hare will executive produce.
Franzen and Hare will also serve as writers on the series with Field set to direct all twenty episodes. The series will air over two years on Showtime with production to begin next year. »
- Garth Franklin
The talk of the industry might be Peak TV, but Showtime president and CEO David Nevins says his network has never been in a better place to take on the competition.
“Showtime is in the best competitive position we’ve ever been in,” said Nevins, during a conference call with reporters. “A lot of things are going right for us right now.”
Nevins pointed to the cabler’s lineup of series, including “Homeland,” “The Affair,” and “Billions,” adding, “It’s fair to say nobody else has the consistent strength of shows that we have.”
He also credited the network’s roster of talent, saying Showtime has become the “premier destination for top actors and producers around the world.”
“There’s a number of reasons they’re choosing to come to Showtime now,” he said. “Talent knows when we put their shows on the air they’re going to get noticed. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Bringing an end to months of back-and-forth, Showtime has ordered a 20-episode miniseries of Purity, an adaptation of the acclaimed Jonathan Franzen novel that will feature Daniel Craig in a star role.
Marking the actor’s first foray onto the small-screen in almost two decades – not since the BBC’s Our Friends in the North has the Brit featured in a major TV series – news of Craig landing the lucrative deal to headline Purity only emphasizes the actor’s desire to lay down the license to kill, as he’s all but set to depart the James Bond franchise after four consecutive turns as MGM’s lethal spy.
In terms of Purity, Variety reports that Showtime fended off heated competition from both Netflix and FX to secure the limited series, appointing Todd Field (In the Bedroom, Little Children) to write and direct all 20 episodes in the process. Meanwhile, Scott Rudin »
- Michael Briers
Though his future as James Bond may be up in the air, Daniel Craig has landed a starring role in an upcoming limited series on Showtime called Purity. The series will be based on the novel by author Jonathan Franzen with Craig acting as an executive producer as well. The series has also hired director Todd Field who, in an unusual move for television, will direct all 20 episodes of the series. Joining Craig on the production side is Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Jonathan Franzen himself.
Showtime president and CEO David Nevens also made a statement about the news, saying “Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller. I whipped through it in a week. His gripping and timely story has attracted a powerhouse team – Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, along with Franzen himself, and »
- Ricky Church
In case it wasn’t clear that Daniel Craig gives zero fucks about making time in his calendar to play James Bond again, the actor has decided to spend a good chunk of next year making a television event series. Read More: Jamie Bell Discussing James Bond Role With Producers, But Daniel Craig May Not Be […]
- Kevin Jagernauth
Consider Showtime and Daniel Craig “bonded.” The cable network has nabbed the hot property Purity, a limited series based on Jonathan Franzen’s bestseller of the same name, starring and exec-produced by the erstwhile 007.
Netflix, FX and several other outlets were also in contention to land the buzzy project, which was seeking — and received — a 20-episode order. Besides Ep-ing along with Craig, Scott Rudin (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen, Todd Field (Little Children) will direct each installment, »
Daniel Craig will star in Showtime’s limited series adaptation of an adaptation of Jonathan Franzen’s latest novel “Purity.” The drama was picked up straight to series with a 20 episode order. Scott Rudin is executive producing alongside Craig. Todd Field is directing and also executive producing, along with Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen. The story follows a young woman named Pip who, in her philosophical wanderings, ends up in South America, interning at The Sunlight Project, which deals with all the secrets of the world. Craig will play Andreas, the German founder of the organization who is drawn to Pip. »
- Linda Ge
Showtime has given a straight-to-series pickup to the drama with a hefty 20-episode order, which will air over the course of two years. Production begins in 2017, and no premiere date has been set.
Sources say the project is a megabucks deal for “James Bond” star Craig, who will also serve as an exec producer on “Purity.”
Based on Jonathan Franzen’s novel, the television adaptation will be penned by Todd Field, who is also directing all 20 episodes. Field will exec produce with Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare and Franzen with the latter two also serving as writers on the series.
Before landing at Showtime, the hot project generated a slew of high-profile bidders from Netflix to FX and more with Rudin searching for a straight-to-series order, given the impressive auspices. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
After months of negotiations and deal-making, Showtime has closed a deal for a 20-episode order to Purity, a limited drama series toplined by James Bond star Daniel Craig and produced by Todd Field and Scott Rudin. The project, based on the book of the same name by The Corrections author Jonathan Franzen, hit the cable and streaming marketplace in February, with Showtime emerging as an early frontrunner based on an aggressive offer. Field will direct all 20 hours of the… »
If you’re a person who spends any time reading about movies on the Internet, you’ll no doubt recall Daniel Craig‘s — perhaps comic! — claim that he’d rather slash his wrists than do another James Bond movie. We weren’t too wild about Spectre, either, but… yikes! Those are, make no mistake, words of enthusiasm, but not the kind producers typically hope their stars will throw out during the standard press tour.
The pieces for his departure are falling into place. First, Deadline have word he and Katherine Heigl are looking to board Steven Soderbergh‘s feature-filmmaking return, Logan Lucky, which increasingly looks like a very real thing. Despite the director’s initial denials, a new round of casting updates — earlier stories told of involvement from Michael Shannon, Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, and Seth Macfarlane — comes with something a bit more substantial: Nascar will grant the project some form of support, »
- Nick Newman
Update: THR is reporting the film has now being shelved because the filmmakers don’t actually have the rights to the novel — classic mistake. Check out the original story below.
I can say this much for James Franco‘s Blood Meridian adaptation: nobody wants it more than him. He first dipped into the nasty waters of Cormac McCarthy‘s seminal text — one that usually tops lists ranking the best post-World War II novels — by signing on more than five years ago. That didn’t seem to work out, at least initially, though he did get to work on another McCarthy adaptation, Child of God, about which we were rather positive; and that was followed by the release of test footage, 25 minutes in total, from which his perspective and approach should be gleaned a bit. If nothing else, this is exactly how a multi-hyphenate keeps chipping away at the adaptation of their favorite novel, »
- Nick Newman
Four of author Cormac McCarthy's novels have seen screen adaptations such as "No Country for Old Men" and "All the Pretty Horses," but arguably his most famous work "Blood Meridian" has yet to make it to film.
The book follows a teenagers experience with a group of scalp hunters who massacred Native Americans and others in the United States–Mexico borderlands for bounty, pleasure, and eventually out of compulsion. It was infamous for its sheer brutality and has since gone on to be recognised as one of the greatest works of modern American literature.
Various directors have expressed interest in doing an adaptation including Ridley Scott, Michael Haneke, Todd Field and James Franco. One other name that has put up there hand is, like Franco, a helmer who has tackled McCarthy onscreen before - in this case Aussie filmmaker John Hillcoat who adapted McCarthy's "The Road".
Hillcoat has familiarity with the subject matter, »
- Garth Franklin
Film adaptations of the work of Cormac McCarthy have so far yielded a Best Picture winner ("No Country For Old Men”), a nihilistic screed (“The Counselor,” which isn’t technically an adaptation), two meddled-with-by Harvey Weinstein almost classics (“All The Pretty Horses,” “The Road”) and one forgotten indie (“Child Of God”). And as enjoyable as many of these have been, it’s safe to say the holy grail of McCarthy’s yet to be filmed oeuvre is his epic, violent and depraved anti-Western “Blood Meridian,” which many have noted doesn’t really have much of a plot (but plenty of gruesome killing). Ridley Scott once wanted to make a “double X” horrific version; James Franco wanted to direct it so badly that he shot test footage out of his own pocket; writer/director Todd Field once tried to adapt it; Michael Haneke has said he was once interested in filming the book; and in general, »
- Rodrigo Perez
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