When last we reported on director David Dobkins’ dramedy The Judge, it was to announce that Bill Dubuque had come on to do a rewrite and that Robert Downey Jr. was producing the picture as a starring vehicle. Now it looks as if Warner Bros. has extended an unofficial offer to Jack Nicholson to play Downey Jr.’s father in the film. Originally penned by Nick Schenk with an intermediate rewrite from David Seidler, The Judge centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral only to discover that his estranged father, a judge who suffers from Alzheimer’s, is suspected of murder. Hit the jump for more, including how Nicholson’s fussy track record of selecting roles may impact The Judge.
For me, the greatest outcome of The King’s Speech‘s success was getting to know screenwriter David Seidler — the wittiest, most eloquent interviewee on the press circuit in 2010. One Oscar later, and Seidler is rightfully in demand. He just signed on to write for two projects: the family drama The Judge and the WWII tale Games of 1940.
Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) wrote the original script for The Judge, which centers on an attorney who returns home for his mother’s funeral — he learns that his father who suffers from Alzheimer’s is suspected of murder. Warner Bros. has hired Seidler to rewrite the screenplay. David Dobkin (Fred Claus) will direct The Judge and produce with Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey.
Hit the jump for more on Games of 1940.
Likely Oscar-contender The King’s Speech won five categories including Best British Independent Film. It also took Best Screenplay (David Seidler), Best Actor (Colin Firth), Best Supporting Actor (Geoffrey Rush), and Best Supporting Actress (Helena Bonham Carter). The night’s other big winner was Gareth Edwards, who won Best Director and Best Technical Achievement for his horror film Monsters.
Hit the jump for a full list of the winners.