Sunday, July 17, 2011

Kaufman, Phoenix and other news

Warner Bros. and Annapurna Pictures bought the still untitled project from Being John Malkovich and Adaptation's tag team Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze. The whole thing is religiously being kept in secret and so far it is only known that it will be about a gathering of political world leaders to discuss the course of the world: oil, prices, environment. Because we'll have Kaufman wheeling the typewriter, it is coming out as a surreal and satirical piece of story and HELL YEAH, Dr. Strangelove of the modern times (screenplay related, at least). I'd still rather see another director lifting the visuals, maybe Charlie himself, after Synedoche NY. A couple of days ago it has been advanced that Joaquin Phoenix, currently working with Paul Thomas Anderson in The Master, may be staring as main character.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II shattered the midnight record with 43 million and the opening day record with 92 million. It has been getting very positive reviews.

Battle: Los Angeles' director Jonathan Liebesman was approached by Warner Bros. to direct an epic on Julius Caesar rise to the throne of Rome, leaving the door open for a sequel on the Egypt invasions and his assassination.

Finally available the trailer of Hugo, by Martin Scorsese, staring Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield, Sacha Baron Cohen, Emily Mortimer and Jude Law. It opens December 9th and even without reading heads like "this Thanksgiving", we shall realize this is going to be a feel good family movie. Such comic moments, such lettering. We'll see.

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