Director George C. Wolfe (Nights in Rodanthe) is reportedly set to direct Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) in You’re Not You. The film centers on a woman (Swank) suffering from a fatal illness and her relationship with a young caregiver. We previously reported that Jeremy Renner was the top choice to star opposite Swank, but there has been no update on that front. The drama is based on the first novel by Michelle Wildgen, which was first adapted by Shana Feste (Country Strong) and then by Jordan Roberts, who worked on Dolphin Tale. Hit the jump for more on You’re Not You.
Shana Feste has entered negotiations to tackle a remake of 1981’s Endless Love. Variety reports that Feste, who wrote and directed Country Strong, would rewrite and direct the Endless Love project for Universal and producer Scott Stuber (Ted). Franco Zeffirelli’s original film was based on the book of the same name by Scott Spencer and starred Brooke Shields and Martin Hewitt. The pic centered on the passionate relationship between two teenagers, with plenty of drama to go around.
It’s unknown at this point how close Feste’s iteration will be to the 1981 film or the original novel. In addition to Country Strong, the filmmaker also directed the 2009 drama The Greatest. She’s currently attached to direct a reimagining of The Little Mermaid. Good luck getting Lionel Richie and Diana Ross’ “Endless Love” out of your head for the rest of the day. Hit the jump to watch a trailer for the original.
Would you like to see another fairy tale re-imagining? Your answer is moot because you’re getting more re-imaginings whether you want them or not. Heat Vision reports that that Sony has picked up a re-imagining of Hans Christen Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, Carolyn Turgeon’s novel Mermaid: A Twist on the Classic Tale (although “A Twist on a Classic Tale” could be applied to every single re-imagining that’s out there). Filmmaker Shana Feste (Country Strong) will adapt the story, which “centers on a princess who, in order to save her ravaged kingdom, sets out on a dangerous journey to marry the prince of her rival kingdom, not knowing that a beautiful mermaid has fallen for the same man and has sacrificed everything to be with him.” Aaaaawkwaaaard…
While the film is being billed as a “dark re-imagining” of Andersen’s tale, the original Little Mermaid was already incredibly dark. In the original tale, the mermaid sacrifices everything to be with the prince, he marries someone else anyway, and she kills herself. If she had a singing Caribbean crab as her friend, maybe that wouldn’t have happened. Hit the jump for the synopsis of Turgeon’s novel.
With Country Strong opening in limited release December 22 and everywhere Friday, January 7th, Screen Gems has released 8 clips which showcase the characters and the music. If you haven’t heard of Country Strong (watch the trailer here), it was written and directed by Shana Feste and it stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Tim McGraw, Leighton Meester, and Garrett Hedlund. Here’s the synopsis:
Soon after a rising young singer-songwriter (Hedlund) gets involved with a fallen, emotionally unstable country star (Paltrow), the pair embarks on a career resurrection tour helmed by her husband/manager (McGraw) and featuring a beauty-queen-turned-singer (Meester). Between concerts, romantic entanglements and old demons threaten to derail them all.
Something that surprised me about the film is that everyone who sings is really singing. Meaning when Paltrow, Hedlund and Meester are on stage, you’re really hearing their voices And they’re all pretty good. Hit the jump for more – including 8 clips:
Screen Gems has released the first trailer for Country Strong from director Shana Feste (The Greatest). Gwyneth Paltrow stars as a troubled country singer who is trying to make her comeback by embarking on a tour with a young rising singer (played by Garrett Hedlund). The film also stars country singer Tim McGraw and Gossip Girl’s Leighton Meester. The trailer doesn’t really do much for me, but I’m sure it’ll appeal to people who are into country music, or those who want to see Paltrow sing on screen again after 2000’s Duets.
Hit the jump for the trailer along with a plot synopsis for the film.