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Alexander Payne has already helmed a pair of on-the-road movies (Sideways, Nebraska), and according to Thompson On Hollywood, he has signed on for another road trip flick. The site is reporting that Payne is attached to direct My Saga, a big screen adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard's 2015 two-part New York Times Magazine travel essay of the same name. The articles (which you can check out here and here)... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Based on Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard's 2015 New York Times Magazine articles, the story follows the writer's journey tracing the Vikings' possible journeys from Newfoundland to Minnesota.
Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic will also produce. A Scandinavian screenwriter is now being sought to adapt the work.
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- Garth Franklin
If you've had an ear tuned to the literary world over the past year or two, you'll likely have heard the name Karl Ove Knausgaard. He's the Norwegian author whose claim to fame is his six-volume, no-holds-barred, dirty-laundry-and-all autobiography "My Struggle," which has made him a sensation. Now, he better get ready for some more attention. Alexander Payne has signed up to direct "My Saga." The road-trip movie will be based on Knausgaard's travel writing for New York Times magazine, which saw him journey through the northern United States, retracing the steps the Vikings took through the country. His work was published across two parts which you can read here and here. It seems like a good fit for the filmmaker who has spun previous on-the-road stories in "Sideways" and "Nebraska." It's all early stages, and there's no writer attached yet, so this will be a while in coming. Next »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berger and Yerxa have acquired movie rights to Knausgaard’s New York Times Magazine articles, published last year, tracing the Vikings’ possible journeys from Newfoundland to Minnesota. Scandinavian producers Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic at Zentropa Sweden are also producing.
Berger told Variety that he discovered Knausgaard’s article while on a flight to Scandinavia for a conference of independent producers and was able to start making the rights and producing deals during the trip. He also said that Payne’s ability to deliver road-trip comedies — “Nebraska,” “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” — convinced him that the director would be a good match.
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- Dave McNary
No, we are not a pack of rubes who pay no mind to contemporary literature and would thus misprint the name of Karl Ove Knausgaard‘s sensation-causing My Struggle. If anything, we might get the wise observations and be spared the intensely solipsistic: Alexander Payne has signed to adapt the author’s My Saga, a two-part journey through the North American territories supposedly explored by Vikings and a survey of whatever cultural footprint might’ve been left in their wake. [Thompson on Hollywood]
As Knausgaard wrote early into his work, which can be read here and here:
When The New York Times Magazine contacted me in December to ask whether I would travel across the United States and write about my trip for them, at first I didn’t think of my missing license. The editor proposed that I travel to Newfoundland and visit the place where the Vikings had settled, then rent a car and drive south, »
- Nick Newman
Alexander Payne is attached to direct an adaptation of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s travel articles “My Saga” for Bona Fide Productions, TheWrap has learned. Knausgaard is a Norwegian author who traced the Vikings’ historic trek through the Northern U.S. in two lengthy articles published in the New York Times Magazine last year. He was joined on his comedic, often absurd journey by Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael. Bona Fide’s Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will produce the project with the Scandinavian producers Madeleine Ekman and Lizette Jonic of Zentropa Sweden. The quartet will soon hire (a likely Scandinavian) writer to adapt the. »
- Jeff Sneider
Bona Fide Productions' Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa ("Little Miss Sunshine," "The Leftovers") have acquired movie rights to popular Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Saga," two lengthy—and hilarious— 2015 New York Times Magazine travel articles tracing the Vikings' historic trek through the Northern U.S.. Like the writer's global bestselling six-volume autobiographical novel series "My Struggle" (which has no film or TV adaptation in place so far), these Nyt pieces are brutally honest, revealing not only the author himself but the foreign landscape he is cannily observing. No one comes away unscathed, including disorganized Knausgaard (who failed to renew his driver's license and could not rent a car) and his more competent cohort, Magnum photographer Peter van Agtmael. Who better than Alexander Payne ("Sideways") to take on yet another filmic road trip? Berger and Yerxa, who produced Payne Oscar contenders »
- Anne Thompson
Not exactly slowing his roll, Hong Sang-soo is already shooting the follow-up to last year’s Right Now, Wrong Then — one of the finest films we saw in 2015, and one likely to end up on a few best-of-2016 lists if it actually gets released — all the while reuniting with leads Jung Jae-young and Kim Min-hee. Information on his 18th feature remains essentially non-existent to outsiders, but such is my enthusiasm for his work, arguably the best streak in modern cinema, that even a brief notice seems worthwhile. [Korean Film and Keyframe)
Also vague is a report from The Wrap that Leonardo DiCaprio will reunite with Revenant scribe Mark L. Smith for Conquest — a project about which nothing else (save for the involvement of Paramount and producer John Davis) is known. But there you have it.
- Nick Newman
Directors, actors and all manner of people working in film want an Oscar nomination not just for the prestige, but also because it can give their career some major juice. No one had heard much of Bob Nelson prior to his scoring a nomination for the screenplay for Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," but he used that momentum to write and direct his feature directorial debut "The Confirmation," and the first trailer for the film has arrived. Read More: The 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 Starring Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Patton Oswalt, Jaeden Lieberher, Matthew Modine, Robert Forster, Stephen Tobolowsky and Tim Blake Nelson, the picture follows a two-day hang between an 8 year old and his estranged father. Here's the official synopsis: Clive Owen shines in this irresistible comedy as Walt, a down-on-his luck carpenter tasked with entertaining his eight-year-old son Anthony while Anthony’s mom (Maria Bello) and her new husband. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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Exclusive: Fox has acquired Dead Mall, a pitch that will be written and directed by Nat Faxon and Jim Rash, the duo that shared the Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay with Alexander Payne for The Descendants and wrote and directed the Sundance sensation The Way Way Back. Several studios bid on it. The pitch is a comedy-horror movie set in a dead mall. The title comes from a growing national phenomenon, these second tier malls that are scattered about the country, skeletal… »
Oscar-winning filmmaker Alexander Payne ("Sideways," "The Descendants") will receive a presentation credit on Antonio Pietrangeli's newly restored 1965 standout "I Knew Her Well" ("lo la conoscevo bene"), opening February 5 at New York's Film Forum thanks to Janus Films and the Criterion Collection. (Their recent re-release of another restored masterwork from that year, Orson Welles' "Chimes at Midnight," proved to be something of a smash.) The distributors have planned a national release of "I Knew Her Well" to follow; check out the exclusive (and awfully seductive) new poster below. Read More: "Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight' Returns to Cinemas For the First Time in Decades This New Year's Day." Pietrangeli's final completed film—he died in an accident on the set of "Come, quando, perché" in 1968, at the age of 49—"I Knew Her Well" follows Adriana (Stefania »
- Matt Brennan
Jet-lagged and still on Los Angeles time in Dublin yesterday morning, “Room” director Lenny Abrahamson woke up in the afternoon, sauntered downstairs and figured he’d watch the nominations announcement and show some love for star Brie Larson, who was a favorite to be mentioned. He didn’t figure on too much support from the Academy besides, because, like any artist new to the awards circuit, he couldn’t help but pay attention to the punditry.
“It’s very hard not to look,” Abrahamson says. “The way I describe it is if you’re sitting at a restaurant and you realize the people in the next booth are talking about you and they don’t know you’re there, of course it’s almost impossible not to listen. I managed for quite a period of time not to look. And it became more pleasant, to do your thing and let it happen in the background. »
- Kristopher Tapley
David O. Russell's "Joy" had the unique distinction among yesterday's Oscar nominees of being one of the highest profile contenders to only get one nomination. Only star Jennifer Lawrence was honored, getting a nod for Best Actress, but elsewhere the movie struck out. Nonetheless, it's a picture worth checking out, and given how barren the rest of January is in terms of new releases, it would probably pay to give it a shot. Read More: Review: David O. Russell's Bold And Vibrant 'Joy' With Jennifer Lawrence If you've have already seen the movie, this 32-minute chat with David O. Russell and Alexander Payne about the movie is one you'll want to dive into. From a conversation that took place following a DGA screening in December, it's actually Russell's first interview about the film, and Payne hits him with some interesting questions about his approach to the picture, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
I have a confession to make: I have never watched the Golden Globes — or rather, until last night, I had never been witness to that bizarre spectacle where movie stars get plastered while receiving awards from the chummy cabal of foreign journos who help promote their films year round. But this year, while visiting Los Angeles for the month, I was intrigued to attend a couple of the afterparties at the Beverly Hilton and felt it was only right to watch the show first.
Friends have always insisted that the Globes are more fun than the Oscars. For one, there’s the open bar (this year, returning host Ricky Gervais made his roast-like remarks with a beer glass on hand all night). Better still, there’s the fact that the Globes don’t mean anything — or at least, nothing more than the quasi-consensus of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn., a »
- Peter Debruge
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