9 items from 2016
Writer-director Derek Cianfrance is anticipating a great response to his latest film, The Light Between Oceans. That literary adaptation is fast gathering positive word of mouth and, in promoting the film, Cianfrance has explained that his next adaptation, Empire Of The Summer Moon (co-written with Darius Marder), will be an epic re-telling of the tale of Quanah Parker.
The source material is Empire Of The Summer Moon: Quanah Parker And The Rise And Fall Of The Comanches, The Most Powerful Indian Tribe In American History, by S.C. Gwynne. Quanah Parker was a Comanche-English American who became one of the last Comanche chiefs (by U.S appointment), and who helped to settle the Comanche nation on the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Reservation. His fascinating career within the nation was very much defined by his parentage, being the son of Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and English-American woman Cynthia Ann Parker.
Cynthia Ann Parker was »
- Sarah Myles
With his latest drama, The Light Between Oceans, opening this Friday (our review), Derek Cianfrance is already eyeing his next project. According to Variety, he’s prepping an adaptation of Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History, S.C. Gwynne‘s book about the last great Comanche chief, Quanah Parker. The project will be made for Warner Bros., with Cianfrance co-writing with Darius Marder, collaborators on The Place Beyond the Pines.
Cianfrance calls Parker, who had his mother abducted and spent years trying to find her, “really one of the great American heroes. [He] grew into his manhood, raged against the theft of his mother and spent his whole life trying to find her again.” He also tells Indiewire, “Hopefully I’ll be in production on in the spring, but then again, that’ll be like »
- Mike Mazzanti
by Josh Forward
Derek Cianfrance, the man who made cinema fans everyway sit bolt upright with excitement at his stunning debut Blue Valentine is about to release his third feature The Light Between Oceans. Both films, and his second, the multi-generation epic The Place Beyond the Pines, show his preoccupation with the dark intricacies of doomed romances and families pouring out into gripping cinema. His talent with actors is evident again: Reviews are mixed to positive for the film overall, but leads Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander, along with supporting player Rachel Weisz are all solidly praised.
Opening wide and based on a popular novel, this is Cianfrance's first dalliance with what could be considered a "mainstream" film. As much as his cinematic fascination with the mucky and the unflinching darkness in human nature can be mainstream at least. But it does have a more traditional narrative and sweeping landscapes to match. »
- Josh Forward
Directed by Cianfrance, and written by Cianfrance and Darius Marder, his co-scribe on “The Place Beyond the Pines,” the feature will adapt S.C. Gwynne’s “Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches, the Most Powerful Indian Tribe in American History.” Movie will shoot in 2017, and will be cast among the Comanche nations, Cianfrance said.
The movie — like the book — focus on the towering figure of Quanah Parker, whom Cianfrance called “really one of the great American heroes.” Quanah was the son of Cynthia Ann Parker, who was abducted in 1836 by Comanche raiders and assimilated into the tribe, and Chief Pet Nocona. Parker was recaptured in 1861 by the Texas Rangers.
“Quanah Parker grew into his manhood, raged against »
- John Hopewell
Occupying a spot between the actress’ ongoing commitment to the lucrative Fifty Shades franchise, The Hollywood Reporter brings word from Cannes that Dakota Johnson has closed a deal to star opposite Andrew Garfield in Under the Silver Lake, a “modern-day-noir crime thriller” hailing from David Robert Mitchell.
In case you weren’t aware, that’s the filmmaker behind last year’s horrific sleeper hit It Follows, not to mention The Myth of the American Sleepover. For Mitchell’s latest, the celebrated writer-director is working from his own script, shipping Garfield off to the bright lights of La in a journey that is being kept largely under wraps for now.
What we do know is that A24 has snapped up domestic rights for Under the Silver Lake, eyeing a production start in the City of Angels at some point during the summer. Michael De Luca – reuniting with Andrew Garfield following his »
- Michael Briers
It was inevitable that Hollywood would remake Jacques Audiard’s stylish gangster classic A Prophet, but at least there’s considerable talent gathering behind the scenes. It’s been reported that famed crime novelist and The Drop scribe Dennis Lehane will pen the script, while Sam Raimi has eyed the director’s chair. Raimi’s late filmography has been spotty, but his last foray into crime, A Simple Plan, fit like a glove. Audiard’s original film follows a man in prison who’s taken under the tutelage of a crime boss. [Deadline]
After co-writing credits on Noah Baumbach efforts Frances Ha and Mistress America, Greta Gerwig is finally stepping behind the camera herself. Gerwig will direct fellow “it girl” and Best Actress nominee Saoirse Ronan in Lady Bird. The film will follow a high school senior spending her last year at home in Sacramento. [Deadline]
Darius Marder isn’t a well-known name, »
- Michael Snydel
For his feature film debut, Darius Marder is getting a band together for The Sound of Metal, an all-new musical drama that has eyed Matthias Schoenaerts and Fifty Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson for key roles.
Deadline has the scoop, revealing that it is Johnson who will take charge of Marder’s (metal?) band as its lead singer and The Danish Girl‘s Schoenaerts will play the part of the drummer – one who has to come to terms with his rapidly declining ability to hear. It’s unclear as of yet whether their budding music group begins and ends at two musicians, or if Marder is still casting the net in search of additional members, though we’ll keep you updated as this story develops.
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Deals are making for Fifty Shades Of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson to star with The Danish Girl‘s Matthias Schoenaerts in The Sound Of Metal, a drama that will mark the directorial debut of Darius Marder, who is best known for his collaborations with filmmaker Derek Cianfrance including co-writing The Place Beyond The Pines. Michael Costigan and Ben Leclair are producing. Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts plays the drummer. Everything changes when… »
Johnson will play a singer in a band, and Schoenaerts is the drummer. Everything changes when he begins to lose his hearing and has to come to grips with a future that will be filled with silence.
The film is in the process of being set for financing, but the plan is to shoot in August.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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