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2 items from 2007


Warners books Hughes brothers for 'Eli'

22 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Albert and Allen Hughes are coming aboard to direct The Book of Eli, a postapocalyptic Western written by Gary Whitta for Warner Bros. Pictures. Joel Silver is producing with Silver Pictures' Susan Downey and Erik Olsen.

The script, which Warners bought earlier this year, centers on a lone hero who must fight his way across the wasteland of postapocalyptic America to protect a sacred book that might hold the key to saving the future of humanity.

Ironically, it was a book that was the key for the Hughes brothers getting the job to helm the feature. The duo had read the script, agreeing that it had been the best thing they had read in years, and knew they wanted it to be their next project. Using their own funds, they produced a hardcover tome that featured notes, comic panels, color photos and storyboards on how they envisioned the movie.

During a meeting with Warners production head Jeff Robinov, the duo dropped the book on his desk, saying, "This is what we want do to". That led to a sit-down with Silver Pictures, who loved the brothers' take as well as their passion. »

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Directors sign on for N.Y. 'Love' affair

20 May 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

CANNES -- Producer Emmanuel Benbihy has assembled a who's who of hot helmers to head to New York to shoot his upcoming project New York, je t'aime (New York, I Love You), with names including Zach Braff, Mira Nair, Park Chan-Wook and Fatih Akin.

Benbihy said in an interview that other directors signed to contribute to the $14 million project to date are Yvan Attal, Wang Xiaoshuai, Emanuele Crialese, Albert and Allen Hughes and Andrey Zvyagintsev.

Three more directors are to be added to the 12-strong lineup on the movie, which has the support of the city and state of New York and is co-produced by Benbihy's producer partner Marianne Maddalena, whose credits include Wes Craven's The Hills Have Eyes and the Scream trilogy.

The project also has backing from the recently announced Future Films and Grand Army Entertainment funding pact (HR 5/16).

"With 'NY, I Love You, ' we really want to surprise audiences with young, hip filmmakers with their own personal style and movie language," Benbihy said. »

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