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Midnight Riders Brings Paul Revere to the Big Screen

12 April 2011 3:07 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

American Film Co., which is behind Robert Redford's new historical drama The Conspirator, will bring Paul Revere's legendary ride to the silver screen with a new project entitled Midnight Riders.

The studio has acquired the book Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fisher, which will be adapted by screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone (Intolerable Cruelty). It is said American Film Co. is close to deciding on a director as well. Midnight Riders will be more of an action-heavy project compared to The Conspirator, according to American Film Co.'s Brian Peter Falk.

"This is a historically accurate swashbuckler about the spark of the American Revolution, with horses, gunfights, swords and a little bawdiness."

However, Midnight Riders will share a common theme with The Conspirator, in that it tells a story many thought they knew, but really don't. Here's what Matthew Stone had to say about the story behind Midnight Riders. »

- MovieWeb

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American Film Co. Tells Paul Revere Story With ‘Midnight Riders,’ Director On The Way

12 April 2011 12:10 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When one considers the success of HBO’s recent John Adams mini-series, it kind of feel obvious. The American Film Company (they’ve got Robert Redford‘s historical courtroom drama The Conspirator in theaters next week) have bought the rights to David Hackett Fischer‘s book Paul Revere’s Ride and hired screenwriting duo Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone (Intolerable Cruelty, Soul Men) to pen the script, which is be titled Midnight Riders. [L.A. Times]

The “ride” in question is that of Revere and William Dawes (not to mention the many others), who rode across the Massachusetts countryside to Lexington, Concord and many others locations to warn people like Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British were, uh, coming. Revere has always garnered the most fame from the event, thanks to Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, Paul Revere’s Ride. You’ll remember, Revere is the same man who engraved the Boston Massacre into infamy, »

- Dan Mecca

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The Name's Revere... Paul Revere

12 April 2011 11:14 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

American Film Co. have bought the film rights to Pulitzer Prize winner David Hackett Fischer's “Paul Revere’s Ride" and have hired "Intolerable Cruelty" screenwriters Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone to adapt it reports The Los Angeles Times.

Entitled "Midnight Riders", the story is being described as a "historically accurate swashbuckler... with horses, gunfights, swords and a little bawdiness" and will cover the famous ride that Revere and William Dawes took before the battles of Lexington and Concord.

'Ride' will concentrate on the espionage elements of the event that weren't really touched upon in the well-known Longfellow poem. A director is close to being locked for the film as well.

American Film Co. is the group behind Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator" opening this weekend about the trial of accused John Wilkes Booth conspirator Mary Surratt. »

- Garth Franklin

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Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone to Write Paul Revere Movie Midnight Riders

12 April 2011 8:32 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The American Film Co. have hired Robert Ramsey and Matthew Stone (Intolerable Cruelty) to write the script for Midnight Riders based on the famous ride of Paul Revere and the less famous ride of his compatriot William Dawes.  24 Frames reports that the mission of the American Film Co. is to make movie about U.S. history, but in this case, also an action-espionage thriller.  Says American's Brian Falk, "This is a historically accurate swashbuckler about the spark of the American Revolution, with horses, gunfights, swords and a little bawdiness."  Fellow executive Rob Stone adds, "For people who grew up mainly with the [Longfellow] poem, it's a far more interesting story." I'm a history nut and I look forward to seeing how much artistic license will be taken for this story.  However, I don't demand that non-fiction films be "historically accurate". I demand that history books be historically accurate.  Films should be thought-provoking and entertaining, »

- Matt Goldberg

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DVD Review: Soul Men

17 January 2011 7:00 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Soul Men

Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Bernie Mac, Sharon Leal, Isaac Hayes | Written by Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone | Directed by Malcolm D. Lee

Samuel L Jackson and Bernie Mac star in this road movie/rockumentary/buddy comedy. Louis and Floyd were backing singers in a legendary 70s soul group, The Real Deal, but fell on hard times after lead singer Marcus Hooks (played by John Legend) went solo. Thirty years later, Floyd is stuck in a retirement home and Louis is living in poverty after a spell in jail. When news of Hooks’ death reaches the pair, they are cajoled into travelling across America to perform at their former band mate’s memorial concert. Things, however, do not go smoothly, as estranged daughters, aging groupies and their own acrimonious relationship threaten to derail the whole venture.

It is unfortunate that the film is overshadowed by the deaths of Bernie Mac »

- Jack Kirby

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