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Recent indie upstart Broad Green has announced they are developing John Lahr's biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh for a biopic on the titular playwright. No talent is attached yet, but the potential is enticing.
Williams, legendary for work such as A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, has a life ready for any number of interpretations. Struggling with mental illness at an early age and battling rampant addiction, attracting and creating stars with consistently controversial and revolutionary writing, not to mention temptestous family and love lives - if nothing else, we have a catnip coctail for any actor who could fit the bill.
Could this be heading toward a fluffy, star-filled treatment a la Hitchcock or something more character-focused like Capote? Lahr's book, a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award winner, dives deeply into all aspects of Williams's life, »
- Chris Feil
Broad Green Pictures buys screen rights to biography detailing Williams’s life, from first Broadway success in 1944 to his lonely death in a New York hotel room
The Hollywood production company behind recent indie hit 99 Homes and Eden is making a biopic of American playwright Tennessee Williams, reports Deadline.
Broad Green Pictures has picked up screen rights to the 2014 biography Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh by former New Yorker theatre critic John Lahr, and will now look for a screenwriter to develop the project. The volume was the Guardian’s book of the week in October 2014, with reviewer Sarah Churchwell praising a “compulsively readable, thoroughly researched” biography, while criticising Lahr’s propensity for “gaps and repetitions”.
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- Ben Child
Williams was born in Mississippi and had an unhappy childhood, dominated by an alcoholic father. He attended the University of Missouri’s Columbia Journalism School before dropping out to work at a shoe factory.
Williams suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 24. He scored his first success in 1944 with “The Glass Menagerie,” the story of a young man, his disabled sister and their controlling mother, and saw his biggest success in 1947 with “A Streetcar Named Desire. »
- Dave McNary
From anime to pitch-black thrillers, here's our pick of the underappreciated movies of 1987...
Sometimes, the challenge with these lists isn't just what to put in, but what to leave out. We loved Princess Bride, but with a decent showing at the box office and a huge cult following, isn't it a bit too popular to be described as underappreciated? Likewise Joe Dante's Innerspace, a fabulously geeky, comic reworking of the 60s sci-fi flick, Fantastic Voyage.
What we've gone for instead is a mix of genre fare, dramas and animated films that may have garnered a cult following since, but didn't do well either critically or financially at the time of release. Some of the movies on our list just about made their money back, but none made anything close to the sort of returns enjoyed by the likes of 1987's biggest films - Three Men And A Baby, Fatal Attraction »
4 items from 2015
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