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The Oscar-winning director of 12 Years A Slave, Steve McQueen, has chosen a female-led heist movie as his follow-up project. The filmmaker will re-team with production company New Regency to create a new, feature film version of the British television mini-series Widows, which first aired in 1983.
Created and written by Lynda La Plante, the original version of Widows comprised six episodes, and featured a plot that saw three armed robbers killed during the commission of their latest heist. Discovering that the circumstances of the deaths of their husbands were not as straightforward as they first seemed, the widows team up and resolve to finish the job. Starring Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley, Maureen O’Farrell and Eva Mottley, the series was very popular on British television in its time, and spawned two sequels. In 2002, Disney produced a U.S remake, which starred Mercedes Ruehl, Brooke Shields and Rosie Perez.
McQueen’s version »
- Sarah Myles
Since she broke on the scene with "An Education" just five years ago, she has delivered in a range of dramatic roles, period and contemporary, from Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Baz Lurhmann's "The Great Gatsby" to her heartbreaking turn in Mark Romanek's underappreciated "Never Let Me Go." (See clips below.) Now she has landed the juiciest --and from the looks of the trailer below, the sexiest--lead role of all, in Danish director Thomas Vinterberg's new movie adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "Far from the Madding Crowd," which was memorably made by John Schlesinger back in 1967. Fond as I am of that romance starring Terence Stamp, Peter Finch and Alan Bates as the three men who woo headstrong "adventuress" Bathsheba Everdeen (Julie Christie)--the movie is far better than the hilarious trailer below--i am hearing good buzz on the new one from writer David Nicholls ("Starter for Ten") and Vinterberg ("The. »
- Anne Thompson
This story first appeared in the Dec. 5 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. For his follow-up to best picture Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen (CAA, the U.K.'s Casarotto Ramsay, Bloom Hergott) had his choice of projects. The auteur behind such intense male-led dramas as Hunger and Shame is making a bit of a departure with a female-led heist film, one based on the 1980s British TV series Widows that he devoured as a London teen. See more '12 Years a Slave': Portraits of Solomon Northup's Descendants But the film and TV
- Tatiana Siegel
The story follows the wives of four armed robbers who come together to finish a robbery after their spouses are killed.
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- Garth Franklin
With Hunger, Shame and most recently 12 Years A Slave, director Steve McQueen has proven himself incredibly skilled where it comes to making dark dramas that claw at the audience's emotional soul, but for his next project he will be working with material just a shade lighter. After telling stories of hunger strikes, sex addiction and slavery, he's ready to tell a story about a group of women teaming up for a heist. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that director Steve McQueen has chosen his next project to follow the Best Picture Academy Award-winning 12 Years A Slave, and it will be a big screen version of Widows - based on the 1983 British television series of the same name. Said to be a project with dominant themes of female empowerment, the story begins when a group of men who are killed while attempting a dangerous heist. In the wake of this, »
A couple days ago, we reported that 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen would be doing a film based on the life of activist Paul Robeson. It sounded right up McQueen's alley: It's a passion project he now has the clout to push forward, it's about an activist (like his debut feature Hunger), and it deals with racial conflict in America. McQueen had even done an art instillation in 2012, End Credits, dedicated to Robeson. It all made sense. Here's what makes somewhat less sense: McQueen's next movie is a heist thriller. Hit the jump for more. According to Variety, McQueen will reteam with New Regency to write, direct, and produce a heist thriller based on the 1980s British TV series, Widows. Per Variety, the story "begins when four armed robbers are killed during a robbery and their surviving widows come together to try to finish the failed job." That is »
- Matt Goldberg
Hunger and Shame got director Steve McQueen some pretty great buzz, but it wasn’t until 12 Years a Slave that he really broke through outside the indie/arthouse crowd. The slavery drama took home Best Picture at the 86th Oscars and marked McQueen as a big deal. Now he’s using the clout he gained from that […]
- Angie Han
Few filmmakers have had a better year than director Steve McQueen, whose searing 12 Years a Slave wowed critics and audiences alike, earning over $187.7 million and earning three Academy Awards last spring, including Best Picture. The win put McQueen in the history books both as the first black producer to have received the award and the first black director to have made a Best Picture winner. Will his next big screen project continue the winning streak?
Of course, it’s too early to tell, but the director’s new subject will certainly make Academy voters prick up their ears – McQueen’s next film will focus on actor, singer and civil rights activist Paul Robeson.
McQueen announced the project on stage at the Hidden Heroes awards, calling it a passion project that he’s been trying to make since his debut Hunger:
“I was about 14 years old, and not knowing who Paul Robeson was, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Before Steve McQueen directed features like "Hunger," "Shame," and the Best Picture-winning "12 Years a Slave," he was a video artist whose work appeared in museums and galleries. "End Credits" was one such work, an audio/video installation projecting pages of the FBI’s McCarthy-era investigation of actor-activist Paul Robeson while a voiceover reads the reports’ cringe-worthy details aloud. McQueen’s topical explorations took experimental shape, many fascinations that first popped up in visual art have crept into his big screen work. According to the director, "End Credits" will undergo the same evolution — McQueen has announced that he’ll direct a feature film based on Robeson’s life. On Tuesday evening in New York City, McQueen accepted the Media Hero award stage at the Andrew Goodman Foundation’s Hidden Heroes awards. Taking the stage to say a few words, the director revealed that his next film would focus on the legendary »
- Matt Patches
Untitled Paul Robeson Biopic
"12 Years a Slave" and "Shame" director Steve McQueen is teaming with Harry Belafonte to produce a biopic about singer, actor and activist Paul Robeson. McQueen has reportedly been keen on doing the project for years but is only now able to do so.
The project is different from the biopic that Four Stars International has been developing in recent years which had David Harewood on board at one time to play Robeson. [Source: Variety]
The Hunt for El Chapo
"Lone Survivor" director Peter Berg to has been tapped to helm "The Hunt for El Chapo," the true story tale of the capture earlier this year of notorious Sinaloa cartel head Joaquin Guzman Loera (aka. El Chapo). Craig Borten is developing the script based on Patrick Keefe's New Yorker article from earlier this year.
El Chapo rose up through the ranks of the Mexican cartels in the 1970s »
- Garth Franklin
Director Hamish Hamilton returns to the show for the third time, after receiving an Emmy nomination for his work on last year’s telecast. He made his Oscar debut with the 82nd Academy Awards telecast in 2010. Hamilton has directed many other celebrated live televised events, including the 2014 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Bruno Mars, the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show featuring Beyoncé, the 2013 “MTV Video Music Awards” and the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, for which he also received an Emmy nomination. He shared a 2011 Peabody Award for the fifth annual “CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” and a 2003 Grammy Award nomination for the musical special “Robbie Williams – Live at the Albert.”
Production designer Derek McLane has been part of both Oscar »
- Michelle McCue
True to their big fest form, Turkey’s “Winter Sleep” and Russia’s “Leviathan,” both of which won at Cannes and are their countries’ foriegn-language Oscar entries, will face off for best picture at the 27th European Film Awards.
But they look to have stiff competition in Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” a Toronto prize winner, which scored the most major category nominations — five — including for best picture and two nods for its actresses: Agata Trzebuchowska and Agata Kulesza who play, respectively, a novitiate Catholic nun and her hard-drinking, worldly relative.
“Leviathan,” a Sony Pictures Classics U.S. pickup, nabbed four nominations. Also in the best picture five-pic cut are Swedish Ruben Ostlund’s “Force Majeure,” and Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac Director’s Cut – Volume 1 & 2,” with Charlotte Gainsbourg in the running for lead actress.
Nominations were announced Saturday at Spain’s Seville European Film Festival.
The previous two winners of »
- John Hopewell
Now that Oscar winner Christian Bale has walked away from the role of Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic of the Apple founder, Sony is on the hunt for a replacement, and Deadline reports today that the studio is highly interested in snagging none other than Shame star Michael Fassbender for the gig.
Danny Boyle (127 Hours) is already set to direct the pic from a script by The West Wing creator/writer Aaron Sorkin, and their involvement alone already makes the project one to keep an eye on. If Fassbender came on board, though, that would elevate the project to another level. The actor has proven to be one of the most exciting talents working today, between his blockbuster role as Magneto in the X-Men franchise and his grittier performances in films like Shame, 12 Years a Slave and Frank.
Fassbender’s packed schedule, including The Light Between Two Oceans, Macbeth »
- Isaac Feldberg
That was fast: One day after word broke that star Christian Bale had bailed on the project, sources are now telling the trades that Michael Fassbender is in talks to take over his role in the Steve Jobs biopic.
Both Variety and Deadline are reporting that Fassbender ("X-Men: Days of Future Past," "12 Years a Slave," "Shame") is in talks for the high-profile part, after Bale's abrupt departure left a gaping hole in the movie's cast. Both outlets caution that negotiations are still in the early stages, and with all the behind-the-scenes turmoil that this flick has faced so far, nothing should be taken as a done deal just yet.
Bale had been announced as the lead in "Jobs," based on Walter Isaacson's bestselling biography of the Apple co-founder, less than two weeks ago, when he suddenly pulled out of the production on Monday. While writer Aaron Sorkin had touted »
- Katie Roberts
This week, X Factor introduced its contestants to the 1980s and then eliminated two of them. Heres the whole weekend as it happened, with Stuart Heritage.
And that really is it. Four down, twelve to go. So, as we say goodbye to Stephanie and Chloe, let me quickly just thank you for coming along and making me miss the first 15 minutes of Homeland because Ive got to read all your comments now.
The liveblog returns next Saturday, for X Factors Songs From The Movies night, where the contestants are almost guaranteed to sing a selection of songs from plays and TV shows and adverts but not from actual films. If this deluge of gibberish inexplicably isnt enough for you, follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage). If it is, though, then who could possibly blame you? See you next week!
In her best bits package, Chloe Jasmine »
- Stuart Heritage
Sean Durkin, the director of Elizabeth Olsen's "Martha Marcy May Marlene," is in negotiations with Sony Pictures to direct a big screen adaptation of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. The show, which aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983 and starred Michael Landon, focused on a pioneer family living in the 1880s in the American Midwest. It was known for is wholesome values and was loosely based on a series of children's books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, who based it on her childhood. The project was originally set up for David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), who ended up dropping out. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady, Shame) wrote the script. »
Billed as an erotic thriller but playing more like an R-rated daytime soap, “Addicted” marks a rare but dramatically neutered opportunity to explore a black woman’s sexuality onscreen. Based on the breakthrough novel by popular erotica author Zane, musicvid director Bille Woodruff’s adaptation bears the conflicted burden of tempting audiences with its attractive cast in various states of undress, while simultaneously trying to destigmatize the touchy topic of sex addiction. Attempts at serious sensuality in mainstream movies haven’t been a theatrical turn-on for some time now (next year’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” looks like a more significant test case), but Zane’s fan base could propel this slick, superficial yet mildly seductive drama to some frisky action in ancillary.
Arriving in theaters sans screenings for critics, the latest release from Lionsgate’s CodeBlack Films division could be glibly dismissed as “Tyler Perry’s Unfaithful,” if Perry »
- Geoff Berkshire
Once a rather surprising project on David Gordon Green's plate, the film adaptation of famed TV show "Little House On The Prairie" is now in the hands of an equally surprising name. Sean Durkin ("Martha Marcy May Marlene," the TV mini-series "Southcliffe" which is worth catching up with), is now the man behind camera for this movie, which has its origins in the children's book series by Laura Ingalls Wilder about a family living in the American Midwest in the 1880s. Abi Morgan ("Shame," "Brick Lane") penned the script, and Scott Rudin will produce. [THR] The ever-busy Spike Lee is back behind the camera, stepping once again into the documentary world. He's making a movie about Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis and "the Taney Dragons and their journey to the Little League World Series." [Wooder Ice] Stephen Chbosky, of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" fame, is shifting gears a bit, going the family. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Sean Durkin knows farms. In his spine-tingling, 2011 directorial debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Durkin explored the inner-workings of modern cult life, an organic brainwashing operation set against a lush plantation. John Hawkes' Old McManson was creepy as hell, but the backdrop — just lovely! Durkin has taken time and deviations in putting a follow-up feature together (he recently directed the British mini-series "Southcliffe," which earned him a BAFTA), but his next project is coming to light — and takes him back to the homestead. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Durkin is set to direct a film version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Prairie," previously adapted into the popular Michael Landon-led TV that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983. The books follow a fictionalized version of Laura as she grows up the in the 19th century American Midwest. Scott Rudin is producing the feature project, from a script by Abi Morgan ("Shame, »
- Matt Patches
Two years ago, we learned David Gordon Green was in talks to direct a Little House on the Prairie movie. Green seemed like an odd choice for the children's book adaptation, and he has since moved on. But producer Scott Rudin (Captain Phillips) is not taking the project in a new direction. THR reports that Sean Durkin is in talks to direct. Durkin's lone feature credit is the intense drama Martha Marcy May Marlene, which is mcuh closer to Green's early work than the 1970s Little House TV series. I still expect the movie to be a family friendly affair, but the team of Rudin and Durkin---not to mention screenwriter Abi Morgan (Shame)---indicates Little House will have higher ambitions than the average kids movie. Hit the jump for the synopsis of the Laura Ingalls Wilder book. The adventures continue for Laura Ingalls and her family as they leave their »
- Brendan Bettinger
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