Old Explorers (1990)
But the Oscar-nominated producer-financier behind “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Tree of Life” and “12 Years a Slave” really did want to direct — an ambition he harbored for years after a failed first attempt, and which grew even as he garnered increasing recognition as a backer of commercially risky, artistically ambitious indie films.
“I always had it in the back of my mind, and as time went on, it became more in the front of my mind,” Pohlad says over a recent breakfast at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
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Pohlad admits he wasn’t ready to call the shots when he directed the little-seen 1990 film “Old Explorers.” But now, more than two decades later, the 58-year-old sees much brighter prospects for the
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 5-15) is to host the world premieres of Woman in Gold, starring Helen Mirren; Life, starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan; and Dagur Kári’s Virgin Mountain.
The films form part of the Berlinale Special Galas line-up, which will also include the international premiere of awards contender Selma and the European premiere of Bill Pohland’s Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack
Based on a true story, Woman In Gold is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn) and stars Mirren as Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, who takes on the government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
The UK-us co-production, which also stars Ryan Reynolds (Captives) and Daniel Brühl (Rush), is produced by Origin Pictures, BBC Films and The
“Selma,” which stars David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson, makes its international premiere in Berlin. It was described by Variety‘s reviewer as a “razor-sharp portrait of the civil rights movement.” Pic has made faltering progress in the awards season, mainly due to the lack of screeners.
“Life,” which world premieres in Berlin, stars Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. Pic is inspired by the true story of a friendship that developed between Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and actor James Dean when Stock was commissioned to photograph the actor for Life magazine in 1955. Corbijn’s previous pics are “Control” and “A Most Wanted Man.”
“Woman in Gold,” which is another world premiere, stars Helen Mirren, Ryan Reynolds and Daniel Brühl. It centers on a Jewish woman,
Director: Bill Pohlad
Writer: Oren Moverman
Producers: Bill Pohlad, Claire Rudnick Polstein, John Wells, Brian Wilson
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, John Cusack, Jake Abel and Paul Giamatti
He has proven himself as an discerning producer (e.g: 12 Years A Slave, The Tree of Life, Into the Wild) and unlike his directing debut (1990′s Old Explorers) Pohlad is working from an Oren Moverman script, has got a solid acting team and has two of those major actors (John Cusack and Paul Dano) playing the Brian Wilson and a solid tech team for this uncharacteristic biopic.
Gist: This explores Brian Wilson’s life and explores his legendary battle with mental illness, as well as the love that keeps him alive. Paul Giamatti will play Brian Wilson’s therapist Dr. Eugene Landy, while John Cusack and Paul Dano are set to star as the
Dano plays legendary musician Brian Wilson in his younger years. Another actor is being sought for Wilson later in his life.
Wilson was the mercurial singer, songwriter and leader of The Beach Boys. The film will avoid the standard biopic formula in favour of an unconventional look at seminal moments in Wilson’s life.
Oren Moverman ("The Messenger") penned the script, while Atticus Ross ("The Social Network") is in talks to work on the fim's sound design and soundtrack.
John Wells and Claire Rudnick Polstein will produce.
Source: River Road Entertainment
John Logan penned the screenplay, based in part on A. Scott Berg’s National Book Award-winning 1978 biography Max Perkins: Editor of Genius and at this moment we know that Genius will focus on the relationship between Perkins and a young Thomas Wolfe, though the script is peopled with literary characters.
Here are more details about the story: “The driving force behind such literary superstars as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, and Thomas Wolfe, Max Evarts Perkins was the most admired book editor in the world.
From the first major novel he edited to the last, Perkins revolutionized American literature. Perkins was tirelessly committed to nurturing talent no matter how young or unproven the writer.
Filled with colorful anecdotes about everything from Perkins’s struggles to convince the old guard at Scribners
The story follows the fedora-wearing eccentric editor-in-chief at New York publishing house Scribner and his relationship with a young Thomas Wolfe.
Famed literary characters also figure into the story, these would likely include authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway whose works Perkins helped oversee.
Producer Bill Pohlad will direct, his first time helming a narrative feature since 1990's "Old Explorers". John Logan adapted the script and will produce.
The project has been in the works for a long time, a previous version had Lawrence Kasdan attached to direct.
Bill Pohlad will direct this project. This project has been close to getting made before, with Lawrence Kasdan attached to direct at one point. Pohlad produced and financed Into the Wild, which was directed by Penn in 2007.
The last movie Pohlad directed was 1990's Old Explorers starring José Ferrer and James Whitmore. He also has produced and financed films through his company River Road Entertainment.
John Logan adapted A. Scott Berg's National Book Award-winning 2008 biography, "Max Perkins: Editor of Genius". The story follows Perkins, "the fedora-wearing eccentric editor-in-chief at New York publishing house Scribner, where he oversaw the release of works by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway."
The film would focus on Perkins' relationship with a young Thomas Wolfe.
Bill Pohlad, the producer-financier behind River Road Entertainment, is boarding to direct the showy drama and is in talks with longtime collaborator Sean Penn to star as Perkins.
The project has had many lives, including one incarnation with producer Michael London and Lawrence Kasdan attached to direct. But traction, and financing, was slippery. Pohlad and Penn put it on surer ground.
The pair have a strong working history, with Pohlad having produced and helped finance "Into the Wild," which Penn directed in 2007. Pohlad also is an executive producer on the political thriller "Fair Game" and Terrence Malick's "Tree of Life," two upcoming pics that star Penn.
Pohlad hasn't directed a movie since 1990, when he helmed the indie "Old Explorers," which starred Jose Ferrer and James Whitmore. Although he directed corporate pics and documentaries during the '90s,
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