Posts Tagged ‘biopic’
Emile Hirsch (Into the Wild, Girl Next Door) is set to play John Belushi in Steve Conrad’s untitled biopic about the late actor [via Variety]. That is surprising news I must say; I’m a big fan of Hirsch and never understood why he wasn’t a bigger name yet. A number of actors were in the mix as recently as last week, and it looks like Hirsch won them over.
Adapted from the Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby book, “Belushi,” Conrad will direct from his own script. It will explore the high points of Belushi’s career including The Blues Brothers, Animal House, and Saturday Night Live, up to his death at age 33 from an overdose. Conrad’s next written flick, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, will be seen in theaters this Christmas, and Hirsch will appear in the TV mini-series, Bonnie and Clyde beginning December 8th on A&E.
There is a lot of James Bond happening this year to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. We showed you the awesome Blu-ray collection, not to mention Skyfall comes out this fall. Now the man behind it all is getting the star treatment too. It was announced that Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) has signed on to direct an “action-packed” story of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Jones said:
Oscar-winning writer Aaron Sorkin will bring Steve Jobs’ life to the big screen says Variety, the movie will be based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography simply titled Steve Jobs. Sorkin wrote The Social Network for which he won the Oscar; he was also nominated for Moneyball.
“There is no writer working in Hollywood today who is more capable of capturing such an extraordinary life for the screen than Aaron Sorkin; in his hands, we’re confident that the film will be everything that Jobs himself was: captivating, entertaining, and polarizing,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, said in a statement.
There are rumors that Noah Wyle and George Clooney are in the running to play Jobs. these have not been confirmed. There is also an indie pic being made starring Ashton Kutcher titled Jobs.
Today’s Links: Seth MacFarlane Talks About Ending ‘Family Guy’, American Reunion Stills, Tupac Biopic and More
- Warner Bros. bought a spec script ‘The Imitation Game’ that has Leonardo DiCaprio up to play mathematician Alan Turing, Ron Howard might direct. Howard did ‘A Beautiful Mind’ already and that was awesome, lightening in a bottle? [Deadline]
- Seth MacFarlane talks about ‘Family Guy’ ending, reboot ‘Star Trek’, Disney, and his upcoming Flintstones show. He really opens up here; sounds like he wishes Family Guy would just go away. He’s not alone. [THR]
- Apple has released an iTunes Movie Trailer App. [apple]
- The Black List launching web site will track hot scripts in real time. [Deadline]
- Awesome recasting photos for classic Martin Scorsese films, check out Keanu Reeves as Bickle. [firstshowing]
- New stills for ‘American Reunion’ prove that this movie is actually happening. [moviehole]
- John Singleton is in talks to direct a Tupac Shakur biopic, that should make up for Abduction. [nymag]
Elton John is producing a feature film biopic that will tell the story of his own musical career and life. The movie will be called Rocketman, and the script will be written by Lee Hall (Billy Elliot). Elton John has certainly lived an interesting life (the guy was married to a woman once didn’t you know) and what better way to make sure filmmakers get it right than to do it when you’re still alive?
Dwayne Johnson is about to raise the bar when it comes to his acting career as he takes on a biopic about Country Legend Charley Pride. Off the heels of a massive box office win this news may not come as a surprise, but honestly Dwayne Johnson isn’t someone I would bet on for a biopic about anyone, I guess this is what people call growth.
In an interview with the Telegraph Journal, Charley Pride talked about the film that unbeknownst to me has been in development for some time with a different actor attached at one point:
…But then the ball got fumbled. New management took over the studio that was ready to begin site work on it, and a decision was made to put all their resources behind thrillers – fast actioners. They felt that was where the big box office money was then… Now it’s back on track again but with action and comedy star Dwayne Johnson portraying me in the title role.
Terrence is no doubt a more in-depth actor academically, but Dwayne is such a force on screen. It startled me a little at first, but he flew down to Dallas and spent a day with me just sitting, talking recently. And when he left it was like parting with an old friend. We had such similar views on so many things.
Can Dwayne Johnson bring it? I have a feeling he can.
There’s hope yet for the untitled DreamWorks Martin Luther King biopic, THR reports Kario Salem (The Score) is in negotiations to write. DreamWorks acquired the life rights of the civil rights leader in May 2009, securing the cooperation of the King estate and access to King’s intellectual property, including his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.
Salem is said to have done three-and-a-half years worth of research and interviews when writing his screenplay.
Meanwhile, Universal was planning Memphis, a look at the final days of MLK, to be directed by Paul Greengrass [NME]. That project is having a tough time making it to the screen. Universal backed out of Memphis less than a month ago, leaving Greengrass to seek funds independently.
Peter Morgan who might be best known for writing such great works as The Queen, The Last King of Scotland and Frost/Nixon – is now writing a movie about the band Queen. A biopic about lead Freddie Mercury, and Deadline confirms Sacha Baron Cohen has signed on to play the rock idol. It’s nice!
The general time period covered will be “the band’s formative years, leading up to Queen’s appearance at Live Aid in 1985.” Mercury’s death in 1991 won’t be addressed, though the film could possibly be finished in time to release not too long after the 20th anniversary of his passing. GK Films has also cleared the rights to some of Queen’s classic tracks, including Bohemian Rhapsody, We Will Rock You, Another One Bites the Dust and You’re My Best Friend. The remaining members of Queen (Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon) are behind the film and formed a company to be part of the production team which is nice to hear. Somehow I don’t imagine the same happening with say a Pink Floyd movie. This should be interesting, can’t wait to see how it all comes together. (more…)