Director James Gray (Two Lovers) may be finally shooting his adaptation of David Grann’s bestselling non-fiction book The Lost City of Z. We first reported on the project back in December 2008 and in April 2009 we reported that Brad Pitt was attached to star. Now, Screen Daily reports that Lost City may get in front of cameras once Pitt wraps filming on Bennett Miller’s adaptation of Michael Lewis’ baseball statistics drama, Moneyball. The film has been gaining major heat from buyers at Cannes due to the combination of the material and Pitt’s star power.
Via Screen Daily, The Lost City of Z “takes place in the early twentieth century and charts 30 years in the life of Colonel Percy Harrison Fawcett, a former decorated British soldier turned explorer.” The film has been gaining major heat from buyers at Cannes due to the combination of the material and Pitt’s star power.
Hit the jump for more on Fawcett’s incredible story.
Kirsten Dunst’s short film Bastard will be premiering on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, and two high-resolution images from the film have come online. Co-written and directed by Dunst, here’s what she said about her movie:
“This film explores what makes the unbelievable believable. When we hear a story that seems mysterious or far-fetched, we put more trust in its accuracy the longer ago it took place. As the centuries pass, the truth becomes more malleable. We grow less skeptical of what we might otherwise dismiss as incredible. Our perspective changes. This film addresses the eerie transformation of a familiar myth when displaced to the present.”
Bastard stars Brian Geraghty, Juno Temple, Lukas Haas, Joel David, Moore Lee, Thompson Young, and L.M. Kit Carson. Hit the jump to check out the high resolution images.
James Franco’s short film The Clerk’s Tale will premiere on the closing night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Seven high resolution images from the film have come online along with the film’s synopsis. Written, directed, and edited by Franco, the film “is a psychological portrait of a gay man trapped in the monotonous routine of life at a high-end menswear store.” The film stars John Kelly and Charles Dance. Hit the jump to read the full synopsis and see seven high-res images from the film.
One of my most-anticipated films right now is John Landis’ Burke & Hare. It stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis as real-life 19th century graverobbers/murderers William Burke and William Hare. Not only am I excited to see how Pegg and Serkis will play off each other, but this is Landis’ first film in over a decade. Seeing as the guy directed some all-time great films like An American Werewolf in London and The Blues Brothers, there’s reason to be excited. Throw in an excellent supporting cast (Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett, Bill Bailey) and I don’t understand how someone could not be excited for this flick.
Peter over at /Film is over the Cannes Film Festival and he snapped a picture of the promo poster for the film. Exaggerated facial expressions and the cheesy tagline don’t deter me one bit. I want to see this movie.
Hit the jump to check out the poster and the film’s synopsis. Burke & Hare is slated to come out in the UK sometime this year.
Empire is snapping and tweeting photos of promo posters they’re seeing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. They’ve already uploaded posters for Gulliver’s Travels (starring Jack Black, Jason Segel, and Emily Blunt), Kane & Lynch (starring Bruce Willis and Jamie Foxx), and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Hopefully, Empire will be grabbing more images throughout the festival.
Check out all three images after the jump. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader hits theaters on December 10th, Gulliver’s Travels hits on December 22nd, and Kane & Lynch hits sometime in 2011.
Summit Entertainment has grabbed the distribution rights for Doug Liman’s Fair Game. The film is based on the memoir by outed CIA Agent Valerie Plame and centers on the leaking of her cover by the Bush administration as a repercussion for her husband and former ambassador Joseph Wilson, penning an editorial in the New York Times disputing the administration’s claim of WMD in Iraq. The title comes from a quote by top Bush advisor Karl Rove on why it was okay to retaliate in such a disturbing/short-sighted/childish/evil manner.
Fair Game, which stars Naomi Watts and Sean Penn as Plame and Wilson, respectively, was accepted into this year’s Cannes Film Festival and is the only U.S. film playing in competition. According to Variety, interest in the distribution rights grew after the film’s acceptance into Cannes. Hit the jump for the official book description.
Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, starring Russell Crowe, is set to open the Cannes Film Festival and will be screening out of competition on May 12. Robin Hood also stars Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, Mark Strong, and William Hurt, and depicts the early beginnings of the Robin Hood story. LA Confidential screenwriter Brian Helgeland wrote the script, and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer produced with Ridley Scott and his company Scott Free. Ridley Scott’s previous films screened at Cannes were 1977′s The Duellists and Thelma and Louise in 1991. Robin Hood will be released worldwide on May 14, which can’t come soon enough since it looks awesome. Anytime we get to see Russell Crowe kick serious ass is great and should happen more often, and the film looks like it’ll be a graphic and unique take on the story.
Hit the jump to read the official synopsis. Robin Hood hits theaters nationwide on May 14th. [THR]