13 items from 2009
Precious, the story of an obese and abused black teenager, is the year's most reviled as well as praised film in America. But director Lee Daniels is used to trouble, he tells Gaby Wood. He grew up gay on the streets of Philadelphia, after all, and is drawn to the most disturbing truths. That'll be why he's heading to America's Deep South for his next film…
For the past month, one particular actress has filled American movie screens and visited American minds. She is obese and very dark-skinned, and the character she plays – a 16-year-old illiterate girl from Harlem who is abused by her mother and pregnant by her father for the second time – has been dealt one of the worst hands society has to offer. Yet what's most often said about Gabourey Sidibe – in this Aniston-adoring, holiday-spirited culture – is none of those things. It's that she is completely wonderful, »
- Gaby Wood
Director Lee Daniels is in talks to direct "Selma," which will focus on the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the peak of the civil rights movement.Daniels. film "Precious" is receiving critical and commercial success right now and is emerging as an Oscar contender. He will be collaborating on the project with U.K. producer Christian Colson.This will be the first project for Colson and his new production company Cloud Eight Films since he won eight Oscars with last year.s Best Picture winner "Slumdog Millionaire."Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner's Plan B production company will co-produce.According to Variety, Paul Webb wrote the script. Shooting will begin early next spring. »
- Adnan Tezer
Lee Daniels is my new favorite director right now. He mesmerized me with his flick "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
Last month, we told you that the director was in talks to direct the movie version of the musical "Miss Saigon," now, Daniels is in serious negotations to helm "Selma."
Variety told us that "Selma" will trace the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.
The script is written by Paul Webb ("Lincoln") and I heard that it's fantastic!
There's no cast attached yet, but production is set to begin early spring. »
The men behind Precious and Shooter are going back in time, according to Variety:
Having had wild success with Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, Lee Daniels is itching to go historical for his next feature. He's in "advanced negotiations" to helm Selma, a big-buzz Civil Rights-era drama penned by Paul Webb (Lincoln). The film, which would team him with Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson, focuses on the marches between Selma and Montgomery in 1965, which were the peak of the Civil Rights movement. This means that while prospects of a Martin Luther King Jr. film might be hazy, he will get some time here, one would assume -- he was one of the leaders drawn to the area where marches quickly turned to "Bloody Sunday" with force from local and state police.
- Monika Bartyzel
It is the Alabama town forever associated with the civil rights struggle after state troopers clubbed and tear-gassed activists as they tried to march on the state capital, Montgomery, 54 miles away.
Now the story of the historic marches from Selma in 1965, which led to legislation that finally brought equal suffrage for African-Americans through the 1965 Voting Rights Act, is to be told on the big screen, reports Variety.
Lee Daniels, whose inspirational film Precious is being seen as a potential Oscar contender, is in advanced talks to direct Selma. The film is being put together by the British producer of Slumdog Millionaire, Christian Colson, and its screenplay will be by Paul Webb, who is also writing Steven Spielberg's long-gestating biopic of Abraham Lincoln.
The film will »
- Ben Child
Precious has repeatedly been referred to as "this year's Slumdog Millionaire," both thanks to the movie's uplifting treatment of brutal material about poverty and the fact that it's likely to become a runaway indie success both at the box office and the Oscars. Apparently people behind both movies have noticed the similarities, and will combine their powers for their next project. Precious director Lee Daniels and Slumdog producer Christian Colson will likely be teaming up for Selma, a recreation of the historic civil rights march in Alabama in 1965. Colson will be producing from his new Cloud Eight Films, a production house founded immediately after Slumdog's Oscar win last spring. According to Variety the script by Paul Webb is "much-buzzed-about," and in another Variety piece last year on Webb, the script was said to focus on Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr. Webb, a Brit, also re-wrote Steven Spielberg's »
Director Lee Daniels, acclaimed helmer of the remarkable "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire," is in advanced talks to direct "Selma," Variety reports that the story will trace the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement. Daniels will be teaming on the project with U.K. producer Christian Colson. "Selma" marks the first new project for Colson and his shingle Cloud Nine Films since launching in March. Colon enjoyed eight Oscar wins and a worldwide cume of more than $200 million with his sensational "Slumdog Millionaire" which Danny Boyle helmed. Paul Webb ("Lincoln") wrote the script Pathe U.K. is financing, with Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner's Plan B co-producing. Filming is to start sometime in early spring and there is no cast attached as yet. »
Lee Daniels, the expert director of this year’s likely Oscar-contender Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire , is in advanced negotiations to direct Selma, a piece about the 1965 march in Alabama that marked “the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.” Christian Colson of Slumdog Millionaire fame and Pathé U.K. are set to produce. Hit the jump for more details and my brief thoughts on Precious.
Paul Webb, a playwright with a few upcoming features to his name including Steven Spielberg’s long-in-development Lincoln (which last we heard was in the hands of playwright Tony Kushner), wrote the project and Plan B–Brad Pitt’s, Dede Gardner’s and Jeremy Kleiner’s company–is coming in to co-produce.
It doesn’t take a genius to tell this project is being set up for some serious awards consideration in 2010 should it complete production and hit theaters next year. »
- Michael Sullivan
Precious director Lee Daniels is in advanced talks to direct Selma, a film that will trace the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement, according to Variety.
Daniels will be teaming on the project with U.K. producer Christian Colson.
Paul Webb has penned the much-buzzed-about script. No cast has been attached yet, and the project's final budget is still being sorted out.
Production is set to take place by early spring.
Universal Studios has released synopses for some of their major 2010 films and the two that are especially worth reading are “MacGruber” and Ridley Scott’s “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure”. While it might surprise you to hear this, a few people have told me “MacGruber” is going to shock everyone next year as it’s a super-violent, hard-r movie. Also, I’ve heard there are many lines that we’re all going to quote. Did I mention Val Kilmer plays the villain and his name is Dieter Von Cunth? I know, I know–I am just as shocked to report SNL’s “MacGruber” might be a great movie.
As for Ridley Scott’s “Untitled Robin Hood Adventure”, this synopsis is the first real story details I’m hearing about the plot. Since I haven’t watched every version of “Robin Hood”, I’ll let the synopses do the talking, but I »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Today we have some news on two upcoming Steven Spielberg projects: his Abraham Lincoln biopic, and his adaptation of the Mary Chase award-winning play, Harvey, which is also a remake of the 1950 James Stewart classic.
Spielberg has been attached to a biopic about Lincoln for a few years now, with Liam Neeson also attached to star as the former President. The project was recently postponed because of budget and location restraints, but Spielberg still has it very much in mind. He recently spoke to Variety in wake of the news that Robert Redford would be directing a competing film, called The Conspirator (about one of the conspirators of Lincoln’s assassination), assuring us that the competition won’t deter him from making His biopic. Spielberg had this to say:
“We are very happy that Redford will be doing this Lincoln movie. It is completely different from what our DreamWorks Lincoln movie will be, »
- Ross Miller
- The Blacklist (a list of favorite unproduced screenplays making the rounds in Hollywood created by Franklin Leonard) acts as a good indicator of the best original ideas to come out of agents/rep offices and to come out of an industry which is too dependent on sequels, prequels and remakes. So far, we are past the midway point of 2009 and I was curious to update the 2007 list and see, mostly what went into production and which of the top tier scripts were greenlite. From 2007's batch, only five screenplays out of the top sixteen are concrete films that we can speak about. Here is a status update on the top vote getters. 1. Recount by Danny Strong (44 Mentions)Status: Was broadcast on HBO. Jay Roach received directing awards. Laura Dern won a Golden Globe. 2. Farragut North by Beau Willimon (43 Mentions)Status: Was made into a play an nominated for Best Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play. »
The report comes from Showbiz 411 - a new website set up by Roger Friedman, the writer fired from Fox News for reviewing the illegally leaked rough cut of Fox's Wolverine movie.
The first script for Robin Hood was written by Kung Fu Panda screenwriters Ethan Reiff and Cyrus Voris, and turned the traditional story on its head by portraying the Sheriff of Nottingham in a more sympathetic light and Robin Hood as more of a baddie.
Another rewrite was done by British playwright Paul Webb who has been involved with several scripts, notably Us Civil War drama Lincoln, »
- David Bentley
13 items from 2009
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