The Harry Potter film franchise came to an end this summer with director David Yates’ brilliant concluding chapter Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. As an avid fan of the books, I thought the film hit all the right notes and Yates captured our farewell to these beloved characters with nuanced grace. I’m currently in Orlando, Florida at Universal’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter for the Blu-ray/DVD release of the franchise’s final installment, and got the chance to sit down with Yates for an extended conversation.
The director talked about what he’s been doing since the last film hit theaters, his impressions of Universal’s Harry Potter theme park, his reaction to Warner Bros.’ decision to pull all Harry Potter DVDs from the shelves after the end of this year, his opinion on post-converting past Harry Potter films to 3D for their eventual theatrical re-release, and he also revealed why he decided not to take on the feature film adaptation of Steven King’s The Stand, and gave an update on his Al Capone biopic. Hit the jump for more.
The most successful franchise in film history comes to an end with tonight’s midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2. Director David Yates has been at the helm of the last three (or four, if you count Deathly Hallows as two films) Harry Potter entries, and he’s done a remarkable job bringing the series to a close. Now that the director is out of Potter books to adapt, everyone wants to know what he’ll be doing next. Given his great success with the franchise, he’s pretty much got his pick of the litter.
When Steve recently sat down with Yates, the director stated his intention to make a really small film next year before diving back into big-budget studio fare. What might that big-budget studio fare be? Well reports have surfaced suggesting he’s eyeing an adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand as well as an Al Capone origin story called Cicero to possibly star Tom Hardy, in addition to a number of other projects on the director’s radar. Hit the jump for the details.
We are approaching the 25-year anniversary of The Untouchables, which is just enough time to breed a new generation of moviegoers for whom Kevin Costner and Robert De Niro aren’t necessarily the definitive on-screen embodiment of Eliot Ness and Al Capone. You’re in luck, generation that I sheepishly belong to. Relativity and Warner Bros. are both developing Capone-centric projects to address this hole in your life.
Relativity Media head Ryan Kavanaugh acquired Ness/Capone, a Black List script by Grant Pierce Myers with a less reverential approach to Ness’ moral fiber than Costner’s performance. Relativity is one of three studios engaged in the Snow White free-for-all right now, and Kavanaugh has to be encouraged his entry, The Brothers Grimm: Snow White, hits theaters first in June 2012. Such confidence is evident in the Ness/Capone buy, Relativity’s challenge to Warner Bros lsjdflksjdflksjdlkfjs. The latter studio is in development on Cicero, a Capone “origin story” scripted by Walon Green (Law & Order: Criminal Intent). More on both projects after the jump.
While major studios are gobbling up scripts centered on supernatural creatures, Warner Bros. is still finding time to make movies about good, old-fashioned human monsters. According to Deadline, the studio is offering Sean Penn the role of vicious mobster Mickey Cohen in Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad. The studio is also offering Ryan Gosling the role of one of the two cops who were tasked with taking Cohen down. Gangster Squad is based on a series of articles by Paul Lieberman that chronicled an elite squad of Los Angeles police officers in the 1940s and the screenplay is by former LA cop Will Beall. The crime drama is one of the higher-profile pics currently set up at Warner Bros. and Deadline says the role of the charismatic Cohen, a former boxer who became an associate of legendary gangsters Meyer Lansky and Bugsy Siegel, could be as memorable as Robert De Niro’s turn as Al Capone in The Untouchables.
And Capone may also be getting his own film at Warner Bros. Hit the jump for details on the Capone biopic, Cicero.
Warner Bros. is now developing an Al Capone biopic from veteran film and television writer Walon Green (TV’s Law & Order, The Wild Bunch). Entitled Cicero, Green’s script documents Capone’s rise from Brooklyn slum native to the head of Chicago’s criminal underground during Prohibition. The name Cicero refers to the city of Cicero, IL where Capone and his gang enjoyed their headquarters and famously overtook the city government in 1924.
Per Variety, the script is being described as a “throwback to the shoot-’em-up gangster films that Warner released during the 1930s.” Included in this criterion are classics such as: Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and Angels with Dirty Faces. Considering Little Caesar and Angels with Dirty Faces were nominated for a combined four Oscars, one would think that Cicero would do well to be associated with those Warner classics. As of now, no director is attached to the project.