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In the movie business, the label “art film” isn’t always a deal-breaker.
Nowhere is this more apparent than at Cannes, where films that might seem obscure to your average Hollywood studio executive rack up worldwide presales and receive the kind of attention devoted to Brad Pitt strolling down the Croissette.
Consider some of the filmmakers in this year’s lineup: Sofia Coppola, James Gray, Alexander Payne, Roman Polanski, James Toback. They’re not exactly synonymous with blockbusters, but in the realm of global film financing, their names attract coin — at the right budget and with key cast attached.
Producers and financiers say the principal ingredients to getting these movies made are much the same as they were in the past: packages that yield foreign presales, securing locations that provide soft money and tax incentives, and foraging around for ways to cover the risk against the lack of domestic distribution. »
- Anthony Kaufman
Joe Wright will not direct Fifty Shades of Grey.
However, Deadline now confirms that Wright's schedule means that he is "completely out of the mix".
Gallery - Fifty Shades of Grey casting rumours: »
After hearing that Joe Wright was the man wanted for the director’s chair for the upcoming Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation, now we’re receiving news that he isn’t being considered anymore due to scheduling conflicts. No word yet on who the studio is looking at to replace him but we do know that other candidates that have been tossed around include Bennett Miller, Patty Jenkins and Gus Van Sant, who shot a test scene not too long ago.
Whoever does step into the director’s chair on this one will certainly have their work cut out for them. The book (if you can even call it that) has a rather large fanbase and a lot of people are betting very big on this project. Personally, I think that the success of a film such as this will hinge more on its lead actors moreso than on the person behind the camera, »
- Matt Joseph
Deadline were pretty miffed last week when other sites went forward with the news that Joe Wright was in the frontrunner position to direct "Fifty Shades Of Grey." It wasn't quite clear what their beef was, other than they didn't get to report it first, and they went on some vague rant about trades "firing a rifle filled with buckshot," when there is nothing Deadline loves more than a good shortlist story. Anyway, they are pretty overjoyed with the latest development. The site has learned that Joe Wright is out of the mix to direct, with scheduling apparently being a problem. It's all early days on the project anyway, with Bennett Miller and Patty Jenkins tossed around as candidates while Gus Van Sant has already made a pitch for the gig by shooting a test sex scene with Alex Pettyfer. Undoubtedly, it's going to be a huge responsibility to whoever takes it on, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well this is interesting: Joe Wright, known for his prestigious, visually ravishing adaptations of “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” has become the frontrunner for Focus Features' adaptation of insanely popular mom-porn novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The novel (and eventual movie) revolves around the dom-sub relationship between a twenty-something millionaire and a young college student. The movie, which is being adapted by Kelly Marcel, has been in something of a holding pattern, with Universal and Focus putting up $5 million for the adaptation way back in early 2012. The lack of activity has created an anything-goes atmosphere, wherein “American Psycho” author Bret Easton Ellis volunteered to write the screenplay and “Good Will Hunting” director Gus Van Sant shot some unsolicited test footage with “Magic Mike” actor Alex Pettyfer playing sexually dominant millionaire Christian Grey. According to the same report that places Wright in the frontrunner role, other filmmakers being considered include »
- Drew Taylor
British director Joe Wright has emerged as a favorite to direct the adaptation of E L James’ sex-soaked bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter. (Universal had no comment on the report.) Wright, 40, has ties with Universal and Focus Features, who ponied up $5 million for the movie rights, having directed four films for Focus: Anna Karenina, Hanna, Pride and Prejudice, and perhaps most promisingly for Fifty Shades fans, the Oscar-nominated Atonement. In the most stirring scene of the 2007 film, doomed lovers Keira Knightley and James McAvoy emit tremendous heat pressed up against the library shelf. It’s »
- Karen Valby
The "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie just got a bit more legitimate. As first reported by THR and later confirmed by Variety, Joe Wright is the top choice to direct the upcoming adaptation of E L James' S&M love story.
Focus Features, the studio producing the film along with its parent company Universal, did not confirm Wright's involvement, but the connection makes sense: Wright has made four films with Focus, including 2007 Best Picture nominee "Atonement" and last year's "Anna Karenina." Both of those films -- along with "Pride and Prejudice," another Wright-Focus collaboration -- starred Keira Knightley in lead roles. There is no connection, though, between "Fifty Shades of Grey" protagonist Anastasia Steele and the 28-year-old British actress.
According to Variety, Wright wasn't the only big name on the "Fifty Shades of Grey" director wish list. Bill Condon ("Twilight: Breaking Dawn"), Patty Jenkins ("Monster") and Bennett Miller ("Moneyball »
- The Huffington Post
Between its widespread popularity and steamy subject matter of the novel, a movie version of E.L. James' Fifty Shades of Grey has been a hot topic for over a year now. Who will star!? Who will helm? While Krysten Ritter and Mila Kunis have leaned in to potentially playing the female lead of Anastasia Steele, Emma Watson has flatly denied rumors she was in contention for the part. As for directors, Angelina Jolie was rumored. Then Gus Van Sant lobbied for the job, now THR reports Bennett Miller (Money Ball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster) are also being considered. But the frontrunner is reportedly Joe Wright. The English auteur has been responsible for three lusciously realized adaptations of heartbreaking romances, the Academy Award-winning Atonement, the BAFTA-winning Pride & Prejudice, and insanely sumptuous Oscar winner Anna Karenina. So, it makes some simple sense that he'd be considered for the Fifty Shades of »
Atonement director reportedly frontrunner for film adaptation of El James's notorious knee-trembler
Joe Wright, the acclaimed British director of Atonement, Pride & Prejudice and Anna Karenina, has emerged as the surprise frontrunner to direct the forthcoming big-screen adaptation of "mommy porn" literary sensation 50 Shades of Grey, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The trade bible says Wright is currently top of Universal's list for the film version of El James's infamous knee-trembler, which has been the subject of rabid speculation ever since the studio announced the production in July 2012. Another Brit, TV screenwriter Kelly Marcel, is in charge of the script.
But there has been no official word on cast or director, much to the chagrin of James's legions of fans. Among those tipped to star as kinky billionaire businessman Christian Grey and his initially virginal paramour-turned-willing sex slave Anastasia Steele are Ryan Gosling, Mila Kunis, James Deen and Emma Watson, though »
- Ben Child
It was recently reported that director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting) and actor Alex Pettyfer (Magic Mike) shot a scene from the "Fifty Shades of Grey" book in order to convince Universal Pictures that Van Sant is the right man to direct the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film. The studio is definitely considering Van Sant, but it has also been in talks with Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Patty Jenkins (Monster). And now comes word that Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride and Prejudice, Hanna, Anna Karenina) is also in talks and has become the favorite to get the job. Universal likes Wright because so many of his movies focus on young female characters. "Fifty Shades of Grey" chronicles a sexual relationship between college student Anastasia Steele and billionaire Christian Grey. »
Universal’s Fifty Shades Of Grey adaptation has gone through the rumour mill quite a bit. Practically everyone who’s ever worked in the industry has at some point been attached. Now, The Wrap reports that Anna Karenina director Joe Wright is the frontrunner in Universal and Focus Pictures’ shortlist of suitable candidates. Also on the list are Gus Van Sant (Elephant, Last Days), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Bennett Miller (Moneyball).
Apparently, two of the film’s producers, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti, are keen for Wright to take the gig. Focus have previously assumed distribution duties on four of Wright’s films, so having an established relationship with the director might sway things his way.
Wright’s name has been bandied about a whole host of projects recently too, including a remake of My Fair Lady. He’s brought out strong performances from leading ladies in recent years. »
- Gem Seddon
It is being reported Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice) is the front runner to direct the feature film adaptation of E.L. James' erotic romance novel Fifty Shades of Grey at Focus Features. Wright tops a list, which apparently included Bennett Miller (Moneyball), Patty Jenkins (Monster) and Gus Van Sant (Milk), the latter of which shot a sex scene featuring Alex Pettyfer in a bid to direct the erotic thriller. "Fifty Shades of Grey" began as coveted "Twilight" fan fiction and follows the relationship of 27-year-old billionaire Christian Grey and college student Anastasia Steele. It was reported the scene Van Sant shot was the moment Anastasia loses her virginity to Grey. As for Wright, four of his five feature films have been distributed by Focus and three of those four have also featured Keira Knightley, which is sure to spark immediate speculation as to whether or not the actress will »
- Brad Brevet
Joe Wright is the most likely filmmaker to direct the erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" for Universal Pictures and Focus Features, individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Other directors in the running for the high-profile project, based on the bestselling series of books, include Gus Van Sant ("Milk"), Bennett Miller ("Moneyball") and Patty Jenkins ("Monster"). TheWrap reported last month that Van Sant had filmed a sex scene from the book with Alex Pettyfer in a bid to win the assignment. Also read: Gus Van Sant Shot Sex Scene Starring »
- Jeff Sneider
News Simon Brew 10 May 2013 - 06:46
Well, crikey. Universal is still pressing ahead with its plans to make a movie based on the book of respectable hardcore pornography, Fifty Shades Of Grey. And while the spurious casting guessing game appears to have ground to a halt for the time being, Variety has linked some surprising names with the director's chair.
Kelly Marcell is working on a script for the movie now, but Universal's top choice to direct the film is apparently Joe Wright. The same Joe Wright who made Atonement, Hanna and, more recently, Anna Karenina.
Other names linked with the job? Patty Jenkins (Monster), Bill Condon (the last two Twilight films), Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) and Gus Van Sant (lots of things). Variety also reports that at one stage, Steven Soderbergh was a consideration.
Truthfully, there »
Though some reports say Wright has not won the job, one insider very close to the production says he is the man.
Universal had no comment.
U, Focus and producers Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti had been looking for some time for a director who could bring prestige to a book described by many as “mommy porn.” It’s a tricky project since following the book closely would inevitably result in an commercially undesirable Nc-17 rating, while going easy on the sensuous elements of the story could disappoint fans of the runaway bestseller that started as an e-book derived from “Twilight” fan fiction. »
- Justin Kroll
Atonement and Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright is apparently close to landing helming duties for 50 Shades of Grey. Sources have said that Wright's the choice for the adaptation, but there's no deal in place as yet. Producers Dana Brunetti and Michael De Luca have been considering names like Patty Jenkins, Bennett Miller, Gus Van Sant, Bill Condon, and apparently even Steven Soderbergh before they eventually decided Wright was the right fit to bring some class to the project. Kelly Marcell is scripting the film. The parts of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have yet to be cast. »
Clifton Collins Jr. is one of those reliable character actors who sometimes get taken for granted, but who can pretty much do it all. There's a reason directors like J.J. Abrams ("Star Trek"), Edgar Wright ("Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World"), Jim Sheridan ("Brothers"), Bennett Miller ("Capote"), Terrence Malick (his upcoming music scene movie if he doesn't get cut) and more have called on him, and how he's lining up a role in one of next year's most exciting and mysterious projects. Collins Jr. has boarded Wally Pfister's "Transcendence," which is, of course, produced by Christopher Nolan. The actor joins Johnny Depp, Rebecca Hall, Kate Mara, Paul Bettany, Morgan Freeman and Cillian Murphy in the flick about an assassinated scientist who gets his brain uploaded to a computer. Of course, that's just the tip of the iceberg in Jack Paglen's Black List script. And as always, plot details are »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Cinematographer Wally Pfister continues to add cast members to his directorial debut Transcendence (which is totally different than Interstellar, directed by Pfister.s frequent collaborator Christopher Nolan). The latest actor to join the fray, according to Variety, is Clifton Collins Jr., whose credits include Parker, The Fp and Bennett Miller.s Oscar-winning Capote. Collins joins an impressive ensemble. Pfister already hired Johnny Depp for the film.s leading role. He.ll be surrounded by Morgan Freeman, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Paul Bettany and Cillian Murphy. Many worked with Pfister and Nolan on the Batman trilogy, so it makes a bit of sense as to why the director would lure familiar faces to his directorial debut. We just don.t know exactly what they.ll be doing. Pfister.s taking a page out of Nolan.s playbook by keeping most details about his movie under tight wraps. We basically understand that »
Will the just-released 42 have the most successful opening weekend for a baseball movie? Writer-director Brian Helgeland's 42, which features Chadwick Boseman as baseball player Jackie Robinson and veteran Harrison Ford, whose credits range from The Conversation and Star Wars in the 1970s to the more recent Cowboys & Aliens, debuted with an estimated $9.1 million at 3,003 locations this past Friday, April 12, as per studio figures found on the web site Box Office Mojo. (Almost) undeboutedly, 42 will end up grossing between $25 million and $26 million by Sunday evening. If that does indeed happen, the film will boast the best debut weekend ever for a movie about baseball -- well, sort of. Pictured above: Ford, looking remarkably different under heavy makeup, plays Brooklyn Dodgers' team executive Branch Rickey in Helgeland's movie. Well, if you dwell on a planet where inflation is as real as the plots of Hollywood films -- including those based on real-life events, »
- Zac Gille
There may be no star in Hollywood more likable than Steve Carell, but he's spending this year testing the limits of that likability. He was recently seen as a womanizing jerk in The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, and he'll finish out 2013 by playing a murderer in Bennett Miller's Foxcatcher, but in between, we've got The Way, Way Back, where Carell is cast as a dickish stepfather-to-be to our hero, awkward teenager Liam James. In fact, Carell was so convincing as a "hunky creep" in the film that it dominated the post-premiere chatter at Sundance ... well, at least until the movie itself sold for nearly $10 million to Fox Searchlight. Was the price tag worth it for this fairly mainstream coming-of-age dramedy? All we'll say is that Allison Janney's supporting performance as a drunken neighbor, glimpsed briefly in this trailer, is surely worth its weight in gold. »
- Kyle Buchanan
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