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Ang Lee never met a literary adaptation he couldn’t tackle, it seems. The multi-Oscar winner, who’s been largely absent since winning Best Director for Life of Pi, has picked his next project: Ben Fountain’s celebrated 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, about a group of Iraq war vets, including 19-year-old Billy Lynn, who must endure a Thanksgiving Day football game in Texas on their exhaustive “Victory Tour” before they return to the war. TriStar Productions and Film4 announced the news Thursday.
“I am very excited to be going back to work and to be collaborating with my old friend Tom Rothman, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Last week, a report surfaced that Ang Lee might possibly direct an adaptation of the Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk as his next film instead of his 3D boxing movie that he’s been developing since last year. Today, that news has been confirmed, as Deadline reports that Lee will indeed be directing the Iraq War satire as his Life of Pi follow-up. This will be Lee’s first film after winning the Best Director Oscar, and it marks a fitting genre change for the versatile filmmaker. Lee has excelled at martial arts films (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), love stories (Brokeback Mountain), and even costume dramas (Sense and Sensibility), so why not tackle a satirical picture about Iraq war veterans? Based on the novel by Ben Fountain, the story takes place in Texas and follows the surviving members of a squad of soldiers as they embark »
- Adam Chitwood
Rothman worked with Lee on “Life of Pi” while heading Fox.
Shooting is expected to start in the spring with Lee directing from Simon Beaufoy’s script. David Beaubaire will oversee for TriStar.
Ben Fountain’s novel “Billy Lynn” focuses on a 19-year-old soldier whose squad survived an Iraq battle and became instant heroes as a result. The squad returns to the U.S. for a congratulatory tour, which ends following a halftime show at a football game in Texas.
Lee also won the best director Oscar for “Brokeback Mountain” and the best foreign language Oscar for “Crouching Tiger, »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Ang Lee will next direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. It is Lee’s first film since he won the Best Director Oscar for Life Of Pi, and he’s reuniting with Tom Rothman at TriStar. Rothman, who continues to put together filmmaker-centric projects at his Sony-based label, ran Fox and worked closely with Lee on that difficult, groundbreaking, Oscar-winning 3D film that grossed $600 million worldwide. TriStar is teamed with Film4 on the picture, which will begin production in the spring.
It was expected Lee’s next film would be the Peter Morgan-scripted boxing pic about the Thrilla In Manila bout between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, shot in 3D at Universal. They are still working on a budget and the visual effects and look of that picture, but clearly Lee was eager to get back behind the camera.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Ang Lee has picked his next project. The Life of Pi helmer has signed on to direct an adaptation of Ben Fountain’s satirical novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk for Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions and Film4. Lee had been developing an untitled project for Universal about Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, but sources say there were casting issues with the 3D boxing film, and Lee suddenly became available a couple of months ago. It's a huge coup for Rothman, who nabs one of the most in-demand directors in film. Even more curious is how Rothman outmaneuvered his former studio Fox, which released the box-office giant
- Tatiana Siegel, Rebecca Ford
The Taiwan-born filmmaker will direct from Simon Beaufoy’s adapted screenplay of Ben Fountain’s 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award winner.
The story tells of a squad of Iraq veterans who embark on a bizarre victory tour in the Us before redeploying.
Filming is set to commence in spring 2015. David Beaubaire will oversee for TriStar.
Lee also earned a best director Academy Award for Brokeback Mountain in 2006. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
BAFTA-nominated cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema has been turning heads ever since his stunning work in the stylish Swedish horror film "Let the Right One In" crossed the Atlantic six years ago. And lately, he's just getting all the good gigs, having stepped in for Spike Jonze regular Lance Acord on last year's "Her" and for Christopher Nolan's right hand man Wally Pfister on the upcoming "Interstellar." Well, you can add another big pair of shoes for the talented director of photography to fill. With Roger Deakins exiting the James Bond franchise after 2012's "Skyfall," we can confirm that director Sam Mendes has tapped van Hoytema to shoot the still untitled 24th installment of the series. Deakins won the Asc prize for "Skyfall" two years ago, but as is often the story, he watched someone else take the Oscar (in this case, Claudio Miranda for "Life of Pi," which is »
- Kristopher Tapley
The era of laser illuminated projection came a little closer over the weekend following screenings of Life of Pi and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes using new Christie Digital technology which promise to lift levels of 3D movies to a par with that enjoyed in 2D.
The presentations, on Saturday and Monday at cinema and TV trade show Ibc in Amsterdam, marked the first time a full length feature has been screened with Christie 6P Laser Projection.
20th Century Fox, which flew four executives into Amsterdam for the occasion, regraded both films to suit the higher brightness levels and has pledged to master all of its future 3D releases at 14 foot-lamberts / fL, the same light levels as 2D and a substantial improvement on the 4 or 6 fL possible with existing 3D digital projectors.
“Exhibitors who are enjoying the 3D ticket premium need to step up and install equipment that’s going to allow them to present »
Ang Lee is set to shuffle around his directorial work-load, which means that instead of overseeing a 3D take on Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.s infamous Thrilla in Manila bout, he will direct an adaptation of Billy Lynn.s Long Halftime Walk. It.s been close to 24 months since Lee wowed both audiences and critics alike with Life Of Pi, which was deemed so superb that he even landed himself the Best Director Oscar for his efforts. As you can imagine, his take on Yann Martel.s book meant that cinema-goers from around the globe soon began asking the filmmaker about his next project, and when he revealed that it would be another 3D film that revolved around the legendary 1975 boxing match, excitement over the movie immediately exploded. However, budget problems have started to disrupt pre-production, and Lee has become so incensed by the delays that he is now »
Last we knew, Ang Lee's next project will be a 3D boxing movie, but according to The Wrap the Life Of Pi director is being considered by Film4 and The Ink Factory for an adaptation of the Ben Fountain book Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and he might end up directing it before the boxing flick. Fountain's novel was adapted by Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, and it has been described as "The Catch-22 of the Iraq War." »
- Jesse Giroux
The first image from Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees has arrived online, giving us a look at Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) as Arthur, a suicidal American who treks deep into Japan’s Aokigahara – a.k.a. ‘Suicide Forest’ – to kill himself at the base of Mount Fuji, only to come across a Japanese man – played by Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) – who has the same aim. Take a look…
“I say another title for this film is ‘You’ve got to go through annihilation to get to salvation’. It’s one hell of a survival story,” McConaughey tells EW. “Gus is a wonderful voyeur and a really gentle soul of a man. He’s got the right sensibility for a film like this. He listens and considers any ideas that I throw at him and I undeniably trust the direction he gives me. He’s a lot of fun to create with. »
- Gary Collinson
When you win the Academy Award for Best Director, a great deal of anticipation naturally builds around the possibilities for your next choice of film. When Ang Lee received that honour for Brokeback Mountain, he released Lust, Caution two years later. But here we are, almost two years after his win for 2012’s Life Of Pi, and his next directorial project has yet to be officially confirmed. It does seem that he is in talks to take the reins of the upcoming adaptation of the 2012 novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, however, and – if it comes to fruition – this could be an incredible follow-up.
Billed as a ‘biting’ satire of the Iraq War, the novel is set in Texas, and centres around a squad of soldiers returning from the conflict for a stage-managed, media-intensive ‘victory tour’ at Texas Stadium. The official synopsis for the novel is »
- Sarah Myles
"Life of Pi" and "Brokeback Mountain" director Ang Lee is the frontrunner to helm "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," a film adaptation of Ben Fountain's acclaimed Iraq War novel for Film4 and The Ink Factory.
The dark satire follows a ninteen-year-old Texas-born infantryman and his fellow U.S. servicemen who survive a firefight in Iraq in 2005. The Bush administration brings them home for a victory lap that leads them to the Dallas Cowboys’ football stadium where they're honored during the team's Thanksgiving halftime show. Then they return to war.
Lee has been working on a 3D boxing film for Universal that will include the famed 'Thrilla in Manila' fight between Frazier and Ali, however that project is said to be on hold for now due to budgetary reasons.
- Garth Franklin
Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, Catching Fire) has scripted an adaption of Ben Fountain‘s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which has been called the “Catch-22 of the Iraq War,” and was nominated for the 2012 National Book Award. Now Ang Lee, whose last feature was the Oscar-winning Life of Pi, is a likely director prospect for the film. […]
The post Ang Lee May Adapt Iraq War Novel ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
It’s been a couple of years now since Ang Lee won the Best Director Oscar for his ambitious 2012 drama Life of Pi. The filmmaker initially signed on to quickly follow it up with the FX pilot Tyrant, but subsequently dropped out due to exhaustion over the awards campaign for his VFX-heavy adaptation. Just over a year ago, Lee committed to next directing a 3D boxing film for Universal which would depict classic fights—including the Thrilla in Manila—using cutting-edge technology, but word on that film has been very quiet in the ensuing months. Now another project appears to be vying for Lee’s attention, as the filmmaker is reportedly being eyed to helm an adaptation of the Iraq War novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. More after the jump. Per The Wrap, Lee is the “frontrunner” to direct an adaptation of author Ben Fountain’s novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. »
- Adam Chitwood
Directed by Morgan Matthews.
A socially awkward teenage math prodigy finds new confidence and new friendships when he lands a spot on the British squad at the International Mathematics Olympiad.
An autistic boy is in a fatal car accident which results in the death of his father who was extremely attentive and good to him; he is discovered to have a talent for mathematics and is taught by a teacher who suffers from multiple sclerosis. A disconnect exists between the son and mother but not from a lacking of trying on her part as she is desperate to establish an emotional bond with her socially awkward child.
At the centre of the story is the International Mathematics Olympiad where the high school student attempts to be one of the six participants which will represent the UK. »
- Trevor Hogg
Long-serving Fox exec named evp of international distribution.
Twentieth Century Fox Film has promoted Craig Dehmel to evp of international distribution.
In his newly expanded role, Dehmel – who most recently served as svp of sales and strategic planning for the international division - will be responsible for all international distribution matters including strategic dating, competitive analysis, by-film financial review, box office reporting, exhibitor relations, third party distributor relations and cross-divisional integrated release planning.
He will continue to report to Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, co-presidents of worldwide theatrical marketing and distribution.
Throughout his 15-year career with Fox, Dehmel has helped plan the release of hundreds of internationally-distributed titles for the studio, including the industry’s largest international box office title, Avatar.
He was also involved with the international release of Life of Pi and more recently with the Fox 2014 summer slate, which included The Other Woman, X-Men: Days Of Future Past, The Fault In Our Stars, [link »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
With Season Three available to buy in stores and online now (read our review here), many fans will be reaquainting themselves with Homeland in the coming weeks before the new season premieres on Showtime at the end of the month. And, from the first look at the show in this first full trailer, it looks like fans will be in for a treat.
Picking up after the devastating finale when Brody was killed, the new season sees Carrie (Claire Danes) overseeing the CIA operations in Pakistan after a drone strike goes horribly wrong with devastating consequences. The new station Chief (Corey Stoll, House of Cards) is under investigation, as is Senator Andrew Lockhart (Tracey Letts), both of whom may have known about the drone strike.
- Scott Davis
This looks to be the final piece of 20th Century Fox Film’s distribution structure, which has been in revamp mode since the exit of Oren Aviv as Chief Movie Marketing Officer last October. Craig Dehmel, most recently Svp Sales and Strategic Planning for the international unit, has been promoted to Evp International Distribution. He will be tasked with all international distribution matters including strategic dating, competitive analysis, by-film financial review, box office reporting, exhibitor relations, third-party distributor relations, and cross-divisional integrated release planning.
Those duties had been handled by Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus, co-presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing and Distribution, the co-heads tapped after Aviv left and Fox marketing was combined into a worldwide division. In January, former Sony worldwide theatrical marketing chief Marc Weinstock was hired as president of domestic marketing.
Dehmel helped spearhead internationally distributed titles for the studio including Avatar and Life Of Pi and »
- The Deadline Team
By Anjelica Oswald
With the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals taking place within a few weeks of each other — or a few days, as is the case between Telluride (Aug. 28-Sept. 1) and Toronto (Sept. 4-14) — filmmakers are busy with publicity and interviews for their upcoming films.
A number of films this year are hitting the trifecta; Foxcatcher, Mr. Turner and The 50 Year Argument are a few that went from Colorado to Canada and are heading to New York at the end of September. Academy Award-winner 12 Years a Slave (2013) took the same path last year, but the implementation of Toronto’s new policy this year could have affected just how many films made it to all three festivals.
The new policy declared that any film with a North American premiere before the start of Tiff could not be shown in Toronto until the fifth day of the festival. »
- Anjelica Oswald
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