The ensemble comedy 10 Years follows a group of friends, many of whom haven’t seen each other in quite some time, on the night of their high school reunion. Jake (Channing Tatum) is deeply in love with his girlfriend (Jenna Dewan-Tatum) but runs into his high school flame (Rosario Dawson) for the first time in years; jock Cully (Chris Pratt) married cheerleader Sam (Ari Graynor) but is still haunted by all the classmates he bullied; longtime rivals Marty (Justin Long) and A.J. (Max Minghella) are still competing to impress the hottest girl in class (Lynn Collins); and rock star Reeves (Oscar Isaac) is still too shy to talk to his high school crush Elise (Kate Mara), except through song. The film also stars Brian Geraghty, Ron Livingston, Anthony Mackie, Aubrey Plaza, Scott Porter, Aaron Yoo and Nick Zano.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, writer/director Jamie Linden (Dear John, We Are Marshall) talked about this film being inspired by his own high school reunion, developing characters and storylines around actors that he wanted in the ensemble, developing the look and feel of the reunion with his production designer, how much fun it was to shoot the karaoke scenes, and why he loves the post-production process more than production itself. He also talked about his next project The Flight Before Christmas, which he’s writing and directing for Paramount, writing Dogs of Babel for actor Steve Carell and director John Carney (Once), and the development status of The Testament, adapted from the John Grisham novel, and a remake of the 1966 Steve McQueen movie Nevada Smith. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
John Carney‘s Once is a gem that has continued to grow a devoted audience since the film’s release in 2006. It’s a movie that gets better every time I see it and Carney wisely lets his actors/musicians take center stage rather than overwhelm the intimate story with his direction. Carney has directed two more European films since Once, and 24 Frames reports that he’ll be making his stateside debut for the dramedy Dogs of Babel. As we reported back in February, Steve Carell is set to play a linguistics professor who finds his wife dead in their backyard. Grief-stricken by his wife’s death and unable to accept the police’s ruling that it was an accident, the professor tries to teach their dog to speak in order to discover the truth. With Once, Carney showed he could blend the comic and the melancholy to beautiful effect and he seems like a wise choice for this film.
It’s difficult to tell when Dogs of Babel will fall into Carell’s busy schedule. However, getting a director on board is a good sign that it could shoot next year. Carney recently wrapped filming on the supernatural drama The Rafters. Carell will be seen in theaters next year in the apocalyptic rom-com Seeking a Friend at the End of the World and alongside Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones in Great Hope Springs.
With Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 getting released this weekend, Warner Bros. held a press junket in New York City over the weekend and I was able to sit down with producer David Heyman for an extended interview. Before going any further, if you were nervous the final Harry Potter movie would somehow disappoint, I’m happy to say they nailed the landing and the finale is everything I’d hoped it’d be and more. Trust me, you’re going to love it. And get ready to cry in the theater.
During the interview, Heyman talked about making the final movie, has JK Rowling ever told him any secrets about the Potter universe that the public doesn’t know, what props does he have, the ending of the film and why they made certain choices, deleted scenes, Warner Bros., and future projects like The Adventures of Oscar Pill, his Beatles animated movie, Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, Dogs of Babel with Steve Carell, and The Northlanders (which is a Vertigo comic). Hit the jump to watch.
Steve Carell has signed on to star in the drama Dogs of Babel. Screenwriter Jamie Linden (Dear John) adapted the script from the novel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Here’s the plot synopsis per the press release:
The story follows Paul Iverson, a linguistics professor, who returns home one day to find his wife dead in their backyard. Police rule her death an accident, but Paul is not quite sure. The only witness to her death is their dog Lorelei. In Paul’s grief-stricken search for answers, he endeavors to teach Lorelei to talk in the hopes that he can uncover what happened the day his wife died.
While Carell has done films with dramatic elements (Little Miss Sunshine and Dan in Real Life), this sounds like a big departure for him. However, he also has tons of comedies on his plate, and it’s unknown when Dogs of Babel will go in front of cameras. The project is currently searching for a director. Hit the jump for press release.