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Our ongoing Afm (American Film Market) coverage continues as Steve grabbed a shot of the promo poster and synopsis for Dustin Hoffman’s directorial debut Quartet. It’s hard to believe that Hoffman has never officially helmed a film until now, but it’s exciting to see what he’ll come up with. He’s also got a great cast with Maggie Smith, Albert Finney, and Tom Courtenay set to star.
Hit the jump to check out the promo poster and synopsis.
Here’s the synopsis for Quartet:
Dirty little secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert.
An eccentric diva, her first ex-husband, a lustful baritone, and the scatter-brained object of his »
- Matt Goldberg
FremantleMedia Enterprises is developing "The Drivers," a TV series based on the book "Shelby: The Man, the Cars, the Legend" by Wallace A. Wyss The show will tell the true story of a group of rival young drivers from across Europe and the U.S. and across Europe who chance everything to win the Le Mans race. The show would be set in the 1950s and '60s. Headline Pictures and Mark Sennet are to co-produce. Sennet is adapting a miniseries on Stephen King's "Bag of Bones." Headline is behind "Quartet," a film which marks Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut. »
BBC Films has signed up Dustin Hoffman, the 72-year-old star of films including Rain Man and The Graduate, to direct his first film, while Armando Iannucci is writing a new film with Will Smith and Roger Drew.
BBC Films, making the announcement at the Cannes Film Festival, said Hoffman will direct a British comedy starring Dame Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Sir Tom Courtenay. The film, called Quartet, is about former opera singers who fell out when they were young but get back together for a concert when they meet at a retirement home.
Iannucci, the writer of BBC series The Thick of It which made a star out of Peter Capaldi for his turn as foul-mouthed Scottish spin doctor Malcolm Tucker, has also unveiled a new project through BBC Films. »
- Mark Sweney
Dustin Hoffman is set to debut as director on Quartet, a comedy to be produced by Fiona Dwyer (An Education) and Headline Pictures. Penned by The Pianist and Diving Bell scribe Ronald Harwood, Quartet follows a once-famous quartet of opera singers as they prepare for a one-off reunion performance. Albert Finney, Maggie Smith and Tom Courtenay are in talks to star in the project which will commence shooting in the UK later this year. Quartet is selling on the Croisette through HanWay Films. Are you curious to see Hoffman don the...
- Emma Dibdin
Dustin Hoffman may be ready to make his directorial debut. He's in talks to helm Quartet, which is being written by Ronald Harwood based on his play by the same name. The story is about an aging, retired intelligence agent who has to fend off violent attacks by younger, better armed operatives. Oops. Wait. That's the story for Red, the movie with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and many more. This one is about elderly opera singers. Close enough? The cast is great, and the names are after the break. Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay and Albert Finney are the current leads set for the BBC films production, according to Screen Daily. The plan is to shoot this fall in the UK. Will Quartet end up as a televised BBC film, or a theatrical release? We don't know, but with Hoffman's name on the director card it seems like a good candidate »
- Russ Fischer
Dustin Hoffman is to direct a film. The 72-year-old actor is in the final stages of negotiations to helm 'Quartet', a movie about a retirement home for opera singers in the Home Counties of England. Dame Maggie Smith, Albert Finney and Tom Courtenay are set to star in the movie, which will begin filming later this year, the Daily Mail's Baz Bamigboye reports. Finola Dwyer, who produced Oscar-nominated 'An Education' starring Carey Mulligan, is expected to fill the producer role on the movie. 'Quartet' is based on a 1999 theatre comedy of the same name and was written by Ronald Harwood, .. »
6 items from 2010
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