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“It’s impossible to tell you what I’m going to do except to say that I expect to make the best movie ever made.” – Stanley Kubrick, Oct. 20, 1971.
There are few unrealized projects in the history of cinema more tantalizingly fascinating than Stanley Kubrick’s planned feature about Napoleon. Even in 1967, at the time of its initial pre-production (the first time around), it seemed like a potentially great idea. But now, looking back with Kubrick’s entire body of work as a reference point, it truly does stand as a project this legendary filmmaker should have been destined to make. Thanks to a mammoth and comprehensive collection of materials fashioned into Stanley Kubrick’s Napoleon: The Greatest Movie Never Made, edited by Alison Castle and published by Taschen, we can for the first time see how Kubrick prepared for the film and what he had in mind for its ultimate big-screen presentation. »
- Jeremy Carr
Criterion Collection has added a list of films -- a mix of classics, indies and contemporaries -- that are scheduled for a May release. With the John Wayne and Montgomery western "Red River" as a special highlight, Criterion also revealed the following films that makeup their lineup (Descriptions provided by Criterion Collection). "Ace in the Hole" (1951) Director: Billy Wilder Billy Wilder’s "Ace in the Hole" is one of the most scathing indictments of American culture ever produced by a Hollywood filmmaker. Kirk Douglas ("Spartacus") gives the fiercest performance of his career as Chuck Tatum, an amoral newspaper reporter who washes up in dead-end Albuquerque, happens upon the scoop of a lifetime, and will do anything to keep getting the lurid headlines. Wilder’s follow-up to "Sunset Boulevard" is an even darker vision, a no-holds-barred exposé of the American media’s appetite for sensation that has gotten only more relevant with time. »
- Eric Eidelstein
var brightcovevideoid = '3072699358001'; While accepting the SAG Award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a miniseries or television movie, Behind the Candelabra star Michael Douglas gave an emotional thank you to his father, 97-year-old Hollywood legend Kirk Douglas. In his acceptance speech for the Liberace biopic, Douglas thanked the industry for helping him follow his own path. "I've got a 97-year-old member of SAG back at home, who I know is particularly proud of me for getting this award," he said. "But I want to thank all of you all here tonight for helping me get out »
- Nate Jones
Montezuma follows the power struggle between Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés and Aztec leader Montezuma (often spelt Moctezuma) during the Spanish conquest of Mexico. It was penned by Dalton Trumbo in 1965 as a vehicle for Kirk Douglas, but the project got shelved.
Trumbo authored the screenplay for Hollywood classic Spartacus (also featuring Douglas), so if that’s anything to go by we can expect an epic treatment for Montezuma. Trumbo courted controversy in the Us, blacklisted for his involvement with the Communist Party by the House Committee on Un-American Activities (Huac) and sent to prison for 11 months.
Oscar winning writer Steven Zaillian will be reworking the screenplay for a modern day audience (he last worked with Spielberg on 1993′s Schindler’S List). And to add just that bit more clout, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
A screenplay about the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire that has been gathering dust for more than half a century could be resurrected by Steven Spielberg, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The Oscar-winning film-maker is eyeing Montezuma, based on a script by famously blacklisted Spartacus screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, for his next directing project. Another member of Hollywood royalty, Oscar-winner Javier Bardem, is tipped to play the Aztec emperor's nemesis, conquistador Hernán Cortés.
Trumbo, a hugely significant figure in Hollywood history, won two Oscars during his lifetime while working under assumed names due to his ostracisation by »
- Ben Child
Those in the elite rungs of society often have expensive taste. Nicolas Cage bought himself a pyramid to preserve his physical form after he’s gone (presumably as a mummy). Bleeding Gums Murphy had a $1,500 a day Faberge Egg habit. And Steven Spielberg has recently been binging on legendary, unproduced Hollywood screenplays. First came Napoleon, Stanley Kubrick‘s massive historical epic – the epic that was declared unfilmable once Kubrick enlisted the entire 50,000 Romanian army to stage the battle sequences (and after several other Napoleon films had just bombed at the box office). Spielberg is already hard at work, transforming that one into a TV miniseries. And now, according to Deadline, Spielberg may be adding another priceless gem to his “to-do” list: Dalton Trumbo‘s Montezuma. Here’s how the story goes. In 1947, Trumbo was exiled from Hollywood after refusing to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee, and in 1950 spent eleven months in prison (something »
- Adam Bellotto
• Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is reportedly interested in portraying Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés in Montezuma, a nearly 50-year old Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus) script that Oscar-winner Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) is updating. Steven Spielberg may have his sights on directing the project for DreamWorks, who currently owns the rights. Trumbo had apparently written the original script (one draft was 205 pages long!) for Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Steven Spielberg is planning to direct an epic drama about the relationship between Aztec emperor Montezuma and Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes that has Javier Bardem circling the latter role, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap. Cortes led the Spanish into Mexico and caused the fall of the Aztec empire before fathering a child with Montezuma’s daughter. Also Read: ‘August: Osage County’s’ Tracy Letts in Talks to Write DreamWorks’ ‘Grapes of Wrath’ (Exclusive) Dalton Trumbo wrote the script in the 1960s as a star vehicle for Kirk Douglas, who had just worked with the writer on “Spartacus. »
- Jeff Sneider
‘Montezuma’: Steven Spielberg next movie (or at least a Spielberg movie some time in the future)? Will Steven Spielberg next tackle the life and times of Aztec king Montezuma, from a screenplay by none other than former Hollywood Ten member Dalton Trumbo? If so, that won’t be the first time that Spielberg has adapted a Trumbo screenplay (more on that below). Anyhow, following Lincoln, which earned Spielberg his seventh Best Director Academy Award nomination, the Jaws, E.T., Schindler’s List, and Saving Private Ryan filmmaker has had his name attached to — and then detached from — a couple of projects. First, there was Drew Goddard’s adaptation of Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse, which isn’t a RoboCop spin-off but a sci-fier about a smart robot who reaches the (perfectly logical) conclusion that the only way to save the planet is to get rid of human beings. Robopocalypse, »
- Zac Gille
Steven Spielberg has apparently set his sights on "Montezuma" as a potential next directorial effort.
"Schindler's List" scribe Steve Zaillian has reportedly dusted off and re-written an acclaimed but unmade fifty year old script by Dalton Trumbo ("Spartacus"). Trumbo penned the 205 page script in 1965 as a vehicle for Kirk Douglas.
The story tells of the clash between Aztec emperor Montezuma II and Conquistador Hernan Cortes as Cortes led an infiltration into Mexico in 1519. The project will be told from the perspective of Cortes, a role that Javier Bardem is said to be circling.
Zaillian will produce the project. DreamWorks is in control of the rights, but Zaillian has a first look deal is at Fox.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
The film is based on the Spanish infiltration into Mexico in 1519, led by Hernán Cortés. The Conquistador and his men brought with them arms, a lust for riches, and, most dangerously in the end, smallpox, causing the fall of the Aztec Empire. Montezuma was the Aztec ruler at the time, whom Cortés developed a close relationship with when he was captured, having a child with his daughter. This is movie news, by the way. Not a history lesson.
The script has suffered an interesting life, having originally been written for Kirk Douglas in 1965 by Dalton Trumbo (Spartacus, Lonely Are the Brave), but the film was never made. Part of the Hollywood Ten, »
- Oliver Davis
News Ryan Lambie 7 Jan 2014 - 06:39
When it was announced that the potentially expensive adaptation of the science fiction novel Robopocalypse had been shelved about a year ago, it appeared to leave Steven Spielberg without a film to direct. Spielberg was then attached to the film American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper, but that venture also failed to bear fruit (it's since been taken up by Clint Eastwood).
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, a potential feature for Spielberg could be Montezuma, a project which has been lingering in Hollywood for more than half a century - it was originally planned as a Kirk Douglas vehicle back in the 1960s, and a reunion of sorts between the star and writer Donald Trumbo (surely the best name of any screenwriter ever) who'd »
As of right now we still don't know what Steven Spielberg is going to do for his next directing project, but it looks like he's lining up another possibility. According to Deadline, he is looking to take on a film called Montezuma, which will tell "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico."
The site goes on to say that Javier Bardem is up for the role of the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez. Apparently the film was inspired by a 50-year old script written by Dalton Trumbo, which is being rewritten by Steve Zaillian, who also worked with Spielberg on Schindler’s List.
Word is the project could be retitled Cortez, because the viewpoint will be from the character to be played by Bardem. The site also points out that the project is "considered »
- Joey Paur
In Hollywood, plenty of scripts get purchased, and should they even make it to the big screen, the long and arduous process of getting them there is called "development hell". Montezuma has been living in hell for almost half a century. Written by Dalton Trumbo in 1965 as a starring vehicle for Kirk Douglas (the two previously worked together on Spartacus) with Martin Ritt (Hud) intending to direct, the story focuses on the dark and twisted history between Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortez and Aztec leader Montezuma. According to Deadline, the story is "an epic tale of the kinship and ultimately the bloody collision between Montezuma and Cortez as the latter led the Spanish infiltration into Mexico." Now, Montezuma may finally escape the bowels of damnation with the help of Steven Spielberg, Javier Bardem, and Steve Zaillian. Hit the jump for more. The involvement of three major talents like Spielberg, Bardem, and »
- Matt Goldberg
Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg is circling Montezuma, an epic focusing on the relationship and then battles between the Aztec emperor Montezuma and the Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez. Javier Bardem is being eyed to play Cortez. If that doesn't sound enticing enough, there's more. Steve Zaillian (Schindler's List, Gangs of New York) is onboard to rewrite the nearly 50-year-old script by screenwriting legend Dalton Trumbo. Trumbo, who served time and was blacklisted for refusing to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee about Communism's influence on the movie business, originally wrote the script in 1965 for Kirk Douglas, whom he worked with on Spartacus. You're probably thinking, Who cares about Cortez? That was a million years ago. Give me a Trumbo movie. Maybe starring an actor from a TV show I love. Fret not, a Trumbo movie is in the works starring Bryan Cranston. It really is great to be you, »
- Jesse David Fox
Steven Spielberg, considered one of the greatest directors in Hollywood history, is someone whose plans always generate interest. Whenever he wraps a movie, the waiting game begins. “What’s he going to do next?” Following his last success, Lincoln, there’ve been a few projects he’s kicked around but ultimately retreated from- at least for the time being. There was Robopocalypse, a sci-fi epic which has seemingly been tossed onto the back-burner. Then there was American Sniper based on the true story of Navy Seal Chris Kyle, which he backed away from and which will now be directed by fellow legend Clint Eastwood.
So what will his next film be? According to Deadline, Spielberg is looking at a script that is said to be one of Hollywood’s greatest unmade movies. They’re reporting that his Schindler’s List writer, Steve Zaillian, is going to take a pass at »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
The project is based on a 50-year-old unproduced screenplay by Dalton Trumbo, which Steven Zaillian will rewrite. The 205-page script is considered one of the greatest unmade screenplays in history, which Dalton Trumbo wrote for actor-producer Kirk Douglas and director Martin Ritt in 1965. Dalton Trumbo was one of the "Hollywood Ten," a group of screenwriters who were blacklisted by the film industry after they refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committtee's hunt to find Communists in America. Dalton Trumbo spent 11 months in jail for contempt, but Kirk Douglas helped bring Dalton Trumbo back into the business by hiring him to write the 1960 classic Spartacus.
Since Robopocalypse has been delayed indefinitely, and American Sniper ended up falling through, we're still not sure what Steven Spielberg is taking on as his next project. It's been over a year since Lincoln hit theaters and the director needs a new movie. Now Deadline has a line on what Spielberg might have up his sleeve, and it would see the Schindler's List filmmaker reaching back into history again in more ways than one. Supposedly Spielberg is circling a film called Montezuma, an epic focusing on the relationship between the titular Aztec leader and Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez. That sounds cool, but there's more. The film is actually coming together thanks to a script from nearly 50 years ago by Spartacus writer Dalton Trumbo, who initially wrote a 205-page draft for Kirk Douglas in 1965. But the project never came to fruition. The old script will be rewritten by Steve Zailian (American Gangster, »
- Ethan Anderton
For a guy as prolific as Steven Spielberg tends to be, 2013 was a curious year for the filmmaker. Following "Lincoln," the director had long been planning to make "Robopocalypse," but he shelved the project in January, citing that the script needed more work. He then lined up "American Sniper" with Bradley Cooper slated to star, only to drop out of that too, with Clint Eastwood taking over the director's chair. And while Spielberg as plethora of producing projects on the go (including Stanley Kubrick's vision of "Napoleon" with Baz Luhrmann to helm), it's not certain what he'll direct next. But another option has come to the table. Deadline reports that Spielberg is eyeing "Montezuma," which is based on a fifty year old script penned by the legendary Dalton Trumbo. As the story goes, Kirk Douglas had commissioned the script from his (at the time) regular collaborator Trumbo (who also »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Steven Zaillian will produce as well as rewrite Montezuma which has Javier Bardem interest in the role of Hernan Cortes, a Spanish conquistador, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The DreamWorks project helmed by Steven Spielberg was originally written by Donald Trumbo in the 50s and follows the relationship between Aztec emperor Montezuma and Cortes in the 1960s. This was intended to actually have Kirk Douglas on board who starred in the beloved Spartacus which Trumbo scripted based on the Howard Fast novel. »
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