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Though he’s currently preoccupied giving Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine an appropriate swan song as the actor prepares to hang up his adamantium claws, James Mangold is already eyeing a very different kind of project. Deadline reports that the versatile helmer will tackle an adaptation of Chris Greenhalgh’s Seducing Ingrid Bergman, possibly to be titled Blood and Champagne, about the heated love affair between actress Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa.
Set in 1945 in post-wwii Paris, the pic will focus on a pivotal time in the Casablanca actress’ life; she would subsequently become a tabloid sensation after launching into an affair with director Roberto Rossellini.
- Isaac Feldberg
...and then there were three. Photographer Robert Capa has been a subject that Hollywood has been trying to crack for years. Michael Mann has had a long developing project about the man, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell were linked to another movie titled "Close Enough," but nothing has been heard about that one since 2013, and now James Mangold has a movie brewing. The Wrap reports that the filmmaker will direct "Seducing Ingrid Bergman." Penned by Arash Amel ("Grace Of Monaco"), the 2014 Black List script is based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh, and follows Capa's romance with the famed actress. Here's the book synopsis: June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of post-war Paris and the. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
James Mangold is a director who likes to hop among genres: he’s tackled dramas of all stripes, Westerns, biopics and the superheroic likes of The Wolverine. He’s blending a couple of those for a potential future project, lining up an adaptation of Chris Greenhalgh’s book Seducing Ingrid Bergman.Arash Amel has written the script for the embryonic film, which chronicles the passionate, secretive romance between the iconic actress and noted war photographer Robert Capa in post-World War II Paris, just before the Cold War kicked in. The script has been floating around since at least 2013, and follows the period where Bergman’s image began to shift from her wholesome earlier days to being denounced by the Us Senate for loose morals (truly something of an ironic juxtaposition, there.) According to Deadline, Mangold has wanted to call the eventual film Blood And Champagne, but he may not get his wish, »
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Arash Amel wrote the script
“Seducing Ingrid Bergman” chronicles the torrid, life-changing romance between the “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that ignited in Paris after WWII.
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- Rollo Tomasi
James Mangold is currently prepping what will be Hugh Jackman's last appearance as Wolverine, but the director has already lined up his next project. The Wrap reports that Mangold is attached to direct Seducing Ingrid Bergman from a screenplay by Arash Amel which was voted to the Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays in 2014. Seducing Ingrid Bergman will tell the... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Based on Chris Greenhalgh's book of the same title, the story follows the torrid, life-changing romance between the "Casablanca" actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that ignited in Paris after WWII.
Bergman was denounced by the U.S. Senate following public revelation of her her affair with director Roberto Rossellini. Capa has his own issues of gambling and alcoholism, but the pair ultimately found an awakening and liberation together.
Amel and Uday Chopra will produce.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Filmmaker James Mangold may be busy sharpening up the Wolverine claws at the moment, but he’s got his sights set on another drama in the near future. Deadline reports that the 3:10 to Yuma and Walk the Line director will helm an adaptation of the Chris Greenhalgh book Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which revolves around a torrid love affair between Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa in post-wwii Paris. Set in 1945, the film will trace the beginnings of a turning point in the Casablanca and Notorious actress’ life, as she would subsequently strike up an affair with director Roberto Rossellini in 1950 that turned her into scandal fodder for the U.S. media. The film—which will go by the title Blood and Champagne—was written by Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and Mangold will work on the screenplay alongside Amel. The filmmaker was initially set to begin shooting on an »
- Adam Chitwood
James Mangold is attached to direct “Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” which was voted to the 2014 Black List of Hollywood’s best unproduced screenplays, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap. Arash Amel wrote the script and will produce with Uday Chopra of Yrf Entertainment, which optioned Chris Greenhalgh’s book of the same title and will finance the movie. Yrf’s Jonathan Reiman will serve as an executive producer on the project. “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” chronicles the torrid, life-changing romance between the “Casablanca” actress and celebrated war photographer Robert Capa that ignited in Paris after WWII. Also Read: Cannes Film Festival Makes Ingrid. »
- Jeff Sneider
Exclusive: James Mangold will direct an adaptation of the Chris Greenhalgh book Seducing Ingrid Bergman, which Mangold wanted to go by the title Blood And Champagne but it looks like that might be hard to clear. The script has been written by Arash Amel and is being financed by Uday Chopra’s Yrf Entertainment. Amel is producing with Chopra, who'll finance the film. Seducing Ingrid Bergman is the story of a torrid, clandestine romance between the beloved actress and the… »
You might remember "Grace of Monaco." A Grace Kelly biopic directed by Olivier Dahan ("La Vie en Rose") with Nicole Kidman in the lead and Tim Roth as her Prince Rainier, the film was picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company and landed an opening night slot at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. It seemed like a perfect combination of material and talent, and a possible awards player. But it ended up panned on the Croisette and destined for a premiere on the Lifetime television channel here in the Us. Earlier this week, the film's screenwriter, Arash Amel, took to Twitter to live-Tweet the Lifetime airing and, well, he had a lot to say. "The purpose of this live Tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of lighthearted fun," he wrote, tagging each of his Tweets with the #GOMFacts hashtag. If »
- Kristopher Tapley
Nicole Kidman’s Grace Kelly biopic, “Grace of Monaco” has had a tumultuous journey to the screen: initially generating Oscar buzz after being picked up by the Weinstein Co. in 2013, before skipping theaters and eventually premiering on Lifetime on Memorial Day.
Set in 1962, the film takes place six years after Kelly married Prince Rainier III of Monaco, and finds the princess longing to return to her acting career. The film received a critical drubbing at its Cannes premiere in 2014, with Variety’s Scott Foundas calling it a “cornball melodrama.”
In an attempt to shed light on the film’s behind-the-scenes turmoil, screenwriter Arash Amel live-tweeted the entire premiere.
“The purpose of this live tweet is to correct the record, an explanation, an apology and most of all a bit of light hearted fun,” Amel tweeted. “Also consider this to be the writer’s dvd commentary.”
According to Amel, the cut »
- Seth Kelley
From the festival circuit to your couch on a lazy Thursday afternoon.
While the film hit theaters (to tepid responses by critics) overseas, it had yet to open in American theaters. It was also in the midst of controversy after The Weinstein Company and director Olivier Dahan fought of cuts. Deadline mentions that it is unclear whether Lifetime will use the cut by Dahan or Weinstein’s. The director’s cut was used in the premiere at Cannes.
In an interview with Deadline at Sundance this year, Harvey Weinstein hinted at the possibility that the film could find life on TV rather than a theatrical run. “The script we signed on for was like The King’s Speech, »
- Zach Dennis
The drama opened the Cannes Film Festival in May to mostly negative reviews, with Variety‘s Scott Foundas calling it a “cornball melodrama.” The film was plagued by drama onscreen and off, with the Weinstein Co. originally making a $5 million deal to acquire U.S. rights to the $35 million production.
“Grace of Monaco” takes place in 1962, six years after Kelly celebrated her “wedding of the century” and finds her yearning for a return to her acting career. It also stars Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Paz Vega and Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III.
- Alex Stedman
Nearly one year after its opening night slot in Cannes, it emerged that the biopic starring Nicole Kidman will not get a Us theatrical release.
Critics mostly dubbed Grace Of Monaco a flop when it premiered on the Croisette and the tale will now get its first public showing on Lifetime on May 25.
The film was set for release in November 2013 and was subsequently pushed back to spring 2014.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
In his now yearly chat with the good folks over at Deadline, producer/mogul Harvey Weinstein sat down with the website to discuss his success with The Imitation Game, the problems with Grace of Monaco and his reputation of recutting some of his films, including Monaco and Snowpiercer.
On Grace of Monaco:
“…The script we signed on for was like ‘The King’s Speech,’ with the big moment where Princess Grace steps up. That is what attracted Nicole….I’d seen rushes that were great… The director is French, and he turned it more into a Hitchcock movie like a paean to ‘Vertigo,’ which ironically Grace wasn’t in. The writer, Arash Amel, called me and said, what happened to my script. It’s like welcome to Hollywood…”
“The director refused and criticized me profusely,” he continued. “That moniker of Harvey Scissorhands has always followed me and simply put, »
- Scott J. Davis
Harvey Weinstein is one of the most powerful, outspoken, and controversial men in Hollywood. The studio executive who launched Miramax and The Weinstein Company is a passionate film lover, a master promoter, a ruthless Oscar campaigner, and just about everything else you need to be in order to make it to the top in the business. Even if you find what he does unscrupulous or the content he produces not very good, it is hard not to admire the man for how successful he has made himself, no matter how frustrating it might be. Weinstein recently had a chat with Deadline, covering a wide variety of topics from the Netflix series "Marco Polo" to the troubles with the upcoming Broadway musical adaptation of Finding Neverland to Oscar campaigning to his reputation of recutting films, giving him the nickname "Harvey Scissorhands." I had no idea the Weinsteins were behind "Marco Polo »
- Mike Shutt
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