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Deadline is reporting that Paramount Pictures has set William Monahan to pen the script for a biopic of the iconic daredevil Evel Knievel, and is hoping to reunite Monahan with The Departed director Martin Scorsese on the project.
The film will be based upon Evel Knievel On Tour, a book by Knievel’s ex-manager Sheldon Saltman, which included allegations that Knievel had been physically abusive to a number of people. Taking exception to the book, Knievel flew to California and attacked Saltman with a baseball bat, breaking his arm and spending six months in jail for his actions.
In addition to Monahan, another Scorsese collaborator is on board in Terence Winter, creator of Boardwalk Empire and writer of The Wolf of Wall Street, who will serve as producer alongside Rachel Winter (Dallas Buyers Club).
- Gary Collinson
Back in September, Sony Pictures set up an Untitled Evel Knievel Biopic with Channing Tatum attached to star and Darren Aronofsky eyed to direct. The project fell apart after Darren Aronofsky backed away to direct an untitled indie movie which has Jennifer Lawrence attached to star. Today, Deadline reports that Paramount is moving forward with an adaptation of Sheldon Saltman's book Evel Knievel on Tour, with William Monahan (The Departed) signing on to write the adapted screenplay. The studio hopes to reunite the screenwriter with director Martin Scorsese, but nothing is set in stone at this point.
The 1977 book Evel Knievel on Tour will be used as a resource for this biopic, but it isn't known exactly how faithful this adaptation will be. The book covers Evel Knievel's infamous 1974 attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon in a steam-powered rocket known as the Skycycle X-2, which failed. Author Sheldon »
Over the years there.s been many murmurs and rumors about a potential Evel Knievel film. While there.s been a passing interest in the potential biopic, most of us have been waiting to learn which individuals will both write and direct it before getting too excited. Well prepare to become hysterical. Because Paramount Pictures has hired The Departed.s William Monahan to write, and there are hopes that this will lead him to re-team with Martin Scorsese on the film. However, before Evel Knievel immediately becomes your most anticipated film in development, we.re still a long way off from William Monahan and Martin Scorsese actually reuniting for the film. While both Monahan and Scorsese have contracts with Paramount, Scorsese has allegedly made it clear that he is waiting to see how the script turns out before proceeding. According to Deadline, William Monahan, who, like Scorsese, walked away with »
Evel Knievel seems to be fascinating Hollywood again. The headline grabbing stuntman was the subject of the recent documentary "Being Evel," Sony has their own brewing movie with Channing Tatum attached, and now Paramount want to get on the motorcycle and jump some school buses with their own biopic, hoping to grab the most legendary director around to take it on. Deadline reports that the studio has tapped "The Departed" scribe William Monahan to pen an adaptation of Sheldon Saltman's notorious "Evel Knievel On Tour." The book, which presented a not so family-friendly portrait of Knievel, so infuriated the stuntman that he attacked the author with a baseball bat, breaking his arm. And even more, it details Knievel's failed Snake River Canyon jump. So, with Monahan on board, and Terrence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire," "The Wolf Of Wall Street") slated to produce, Paramount wants to grab Scorsese to complete the trifecta, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
After years spent on the sidelines while creative thinkers tried to hatch a compelling script based on the legendary stuntman and daredevil, it would appear that Hollywood has taken a shine to Evel Knievel.
As reported by Deadline, Paramount has now entered the fray to assemble a crack team for a new live-action feature, and the studio has recruited Oscar-winning scribe William Monahan for the gig. Not only that, but Monahan may have a chance to reunite with his collaborator from The Departed, with the outlet revealing that Martin Scorsese is now being courted to direct.
Not to be confused with Sony’s biopic of Robert “Evel” Knievel – one which has attracted the attention of Channing Tatum and The Wrestler’s Darren Aronofsky – Paramount’s feature is designed to chart the rise and rise of the titular daredevil, who become something of a household name during the 70s after performing »
- Michael Briers
This is interesting. We’ve reported in the past few months or so that Channing Tatum is very interested in playing the role of daredevil stuntman Evel Knievel in a biopic, but that film, based over at Sony, is failing to get much traction. Now Paramount, and interestingly William Monahan are to set about making their own Knievel movie, and Martin Scorsese could end up directing it.
Monahan and Scorsese last worked together of the brilliant The Departed, and ended up clutching a couple of Oscars as a result, and their Knievel movie would draw from the Sheldon Saltman book Evel Knievel On Tour, which Paramount have also acquired. If the studio manages to get things going, the film will be largely set around Evel’s legendary attempt to jump Snake River Canyon in a rocket.
There’s no official word that Scorsese is officially on board as yet (he »
- Paul Heath
There have been several attempts at getting a film centering around famed daredevil Evel Knievel off the ground and, per Deadline, it looks as though we've got another to add to the list. The outlet reports that Paramount Pictures is in the early stages of putting together a feature film chronicling the daredevil's life and have secured William Monahan (The Departed) to... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
William Monahan, who won an Oscar for adapted screenplay for “The Departed,” will write the script, based on the Sheldon Saltman book “Evel Knievel On Tour.” Producers optioned the rights to the book, which recaps Saltman’s promotion of the Snake River Canyon rocket-cycle jump by Knievel.
Publication of the book in 1977 outraged Knievel, who asserted the book misled the public about himself and his family. A few weeks after the release of “On Tour,” Knievel went onto the Fox lot, where Saltman was a VP, and broke Saltman’s arm with a baseball bat.
Sony has been developing a »
- Dave McNary
It was just a few months ago we learned that Darren Aronofsky was eying to potentially direct an Evel Knievel biopic produced by and starring Channing Tatum. However, he recently dropped the project and set his sights on a drama starring Jennifer Lawrence. Now it looks like the story of the infamous daredevil might still see screens, but in a different form.
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has now brought on William Monahan, the Oscar-winning to script a competing film about the famed daredevil who gained notoriety for his often successful, sometimes failed motorcycle stunts. And in even better news, the studio is hoping Martin Scorsese will reunite with his screenwriter of The Departed for the film. The director, whose next film Silence will likely premiere at Cannes, currently has a deal with the studio through 2019. So, if things go well with Monahan’s script, perhaps this could move up »
- Jordan Raup
Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is mobilizing a feature film about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel that will be written by William Monahan. The film will be based on the Sheldon Saltman book Evel Knievel On Tour, which has been acquired as part of the package. What’s fascinating about this project is the hope it will reunite Monahan and director Martin Scorsese, whose alliance on The Departed led to Oscars for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Monahan and Best… »
"The Departed" scribe William Monahan is set to pen a biopic about iconic daredevil Evel Knievel for Paramount Pictures, a film that the studio is hoping to get 'Departed' director Martin Scorsese onboard for.
The story is based on the Sheldon Saltman book "Evel Knievel On Tour," a book infamous for maddening Knievel in its depiction of his life on the road and its revelationo of embarrassing personal details. He got so mad he attacked the author with a baseball bat on the Fox lot and shattered his arm, winding up in all kinds of legal and financial woes.
Terence Winter ("Boardwalk Empire") and Rachel Winter ("Dallas Buyers Club") will produce the film which is still in very nascent stages and Scorsese won't make a decision on attaching until much further down the line.
Various attempts have been made to do a movie about Knievel in recent years, one that »
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: UK distributor picks up quartet including Imperium and football biopic Pele.
In soon-to-shoot thriller Imperium, pre-bought from producer Jeff Elliot, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe plays an undercover FBI agent who infiltrates a white supremacist group conspiring to make a dirty bomb.
Sports biopic Pele, produced by Brian Grazer and bought from Bloom Media, charts the rags to riches journey that led Brazilian footballer Pele to win the 1958 World Cup and become the world’s most famous footballer.
Thriller Mojave, from Atlas Independent, stars Oscar Isaac, Mark Wahlberg and Garrett Hedlund in the story of two men who must face off deep in the Mojave desert. It is directed by William Monahan, writer of The Departed.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Exclusive: CAA has signed William Monahan, who won an Oscar for scripting the Martin Scorsese-directed The Departed. Monahan has branched out since then into directing and most recently helmed Mojave, which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund and which was acquired by A24 after premiering at Tribeca. Monahan, who was repped by Wme, has a two-year overall deal at Paramount Pictures, where his production shingle Henceforth Pictures is based. Justine Suzanne Jones runs… »
One of the biggest dangling threads in "Jurassic World" is the fate of Dr. Henry Wu. I thought it was fun casting to bring B.D. Wong back for "Jurassic World," but when I saw the film, I was surprised by just how much screen time they gave him and how clearly he's turned the corner from "bright guy hired by Hammond to do something fantastic and ethically questionable" to "mad scientist screwing his theme park bosses while coming up with some sinister applications for his work." What surprised me more was that they let him live. After all, "Jurassic World" is unafraid to kill even the most peripheral character in violent and preposterous manners, so why wouldn't they kill the man responsible for creating the just-plain-evil dinosaur that's running around eating everyone? The obvious answer is that they still need him, and sure enough, "Jurassic World" makes it clear that Dr. »
- Drew McWeeny
Nb: the following contains spoilers for Jurassic World.
For Universal, the success of Jurassic World is the $500m pay-off to a story which began well over a decade ago. Work on a third Jurassic Park sequel originally began after the release of Joe Johnston’s coolly-received Jurassic Park III way back in 2001, yet the film languished in a pre-production quagmire as writer after writer seemingly struggled to crack the story.
William Monahan (The Departed, Kingdom Of Heaven) was the first screenwriter to step up to the plate, announced at a time when Keira Knightley was reportedly in the running for a major role. Around that time, Jeff Goldblum and Richard Attenborough were also thought to be returning to their respective roles of Ian Malcom and John Hammond. »
“Jurassic World” stunned the movie business this weekend with its massive $204.6 million opening.
It’s the second-biggest debut in history and a sign that a franchise that appeared to have run out of gas 14 years ago, when “Jurassic Park III” petered out with $368.8 million at the global box office, has been reinvigorated.
So how did Universal Pictures, the studio behind the dinosaur thriller, pull off the cinematic comeback? Here are five key ingredients in the summer blockbuster’s success:
1.) Chris Pratt is a star. Period.
In an era of would-be leading men like Jai Courtney and Garrett Hedlund, Pratt shows what a true movie star looks like. After “Guardians of the Galaxy” proved he was an actor to watch, with his tongue-in-cheek work as a galactic adventurer drawing comparisons to Harrison Ford’s Indiana Jones, “Jurassic World” offers up a second major franchise to stick in his quiver. That’s »
- Brent Lang
Steven Spielberg doesn’t need Jurassic World to be a mega hit. We all know Mr. Spielberg has plenty of money. What’s another cent mean to Spielberg? Admittedly, his name has been on some projects that appear more monetary-driven, but that’s not the case with Jurassic World. If that wasn’t true, then we wouldn’t have waited almost 14 years for the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park franchise. Spielberg took his time with this one. Even when he had such talents as William Monahan (The Departed) and John Sayles (Lone Star) involved in writing the fourth film, the legendary director didn’t move forward. Not until two or three years ago did the right story come along. The director behind Safety Not Guaranteed, Colin Trevorrow, and his co-writer, Derek Connolly, presented Spielberg’s ideas in a story he wanted to see told. With Jurassic World on the right path, the »
- Jack Giroux
Chicago – Browsing Dostoyevsky titles with consideration for proper roles for Mark Wahlberg, one might expect the Beantown hero to take on an adaptation of “The Idiot” before anything like “The Gambler.” After all, while Wahlberg has proven to be a diverse screen force - one who has well-grown past his Funky Bunch days - he often leans towards goofy men, or at least goofy men in goofy movies.
Such provides a nice surprise with the drama “The Gambler,” which finds him in a role the utilizes his charisma and acting skills, within a tale that doesn’t involve directors Michael Bay or Seth McFarlane. Playing a college professor who gambles his life away, the film is a showcase of his talents, like his compelling motormouth delivery, or a stable cool that he maintains even when his character is falling apart. Here’s a film that offers a scene of Marky Mark rambling about Camus, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
While largely unknown to American audiences, model-turned-actress Louise Bourgoin is an up and comer in France and it feels like she could be on the verge of a breakthrough, or at least proving she is much more than a pretty face. Known for starring in Luc Besson’s adventure film “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec,” “The Girl From Monaco,” out-of-competition 2010 Cannes entry “Black Heaven,” and a recent appearance in William Monahan’s Tribeca entry “Mojave,” Bourgoin has been making strides towards a respectable career (she started out as a TV presenter), but a starring vehicle at Cannes, might just be her tipping point. The feature-length directorial debut of Laurent Lariviere (who’s made several shorts before this), “I Am A Soldier” stars a stripped down Bourgoin in a crime drama about an unemployed woman who tries to make good for herself in and around the world of dog trafficking. »
- Edward Davis
You know when you’re trying to say something, but can’t find the words? That’s a bit like what William Monahan’s Mojave feels like. It almost gets there, but can’t quite spit it out and that makes it more of a fleeting thrill than something you can really chew on after it wraps up. Garrett Hedlund leads as Tom, a guy who hit it big in Hollywood and has been famous since he was 19. However, now he's busy asking himself, “When you get what you want, what do you want?” Desperate for some stimulation, he goes off the radar and heads out into the Mojave Desert. One night he's approached by a dubious looking drifter (Oscar Isaac), a scuffle ensues and, ultimately, Tom winds up shooting an innocent man by mistake while the drifter watches safely from a distance. Mojave is an odd mix of semi-noir crime thriller, »
- Perri Nemiroff
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