One of the most anticipated films of the summer is Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki. The film is an adaptation of the classic American novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald that has become English 101 in high schools the country wide. The story of the enigmatic Gatsby and his quest to win over his one true love Daisy Buchanan comes to life in 3D this May with grandiose party scenes even Fitzgerald would have enjoyed.
At the recent press day for the film in New York, Collider was present as the director and stars DiCaprio, Maguire, Mulligan and Fisher, along with producers Lucy Fisher, Douglas Wick and Catherine Mann (also the production designer and Luhrmann’s wife) held a press conference to speak about the film. They revealed the literary influences behind many of the lines of dialogue, the surprising choice of a Jay-Z heavy soundtrack (he’s also an EP of the film) and the chemistry between the actors and director that led to the performances in the film. Hit the jump to read our coverage of the press conference.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 1st, 2012 at 11:16 am
I have a confession to make: I’ve dropped too much cash on sweet, sweet movie poster prints and frames the last month or so. In addition to my Mondo/Jock The Dark Knight Rises print (which was secured for me by my friend and fellow Collider teammate, Bill Graham), I’ve also picked up Mondo/Phantom City Creative’s The Cabin in the Woods and this little Drive gem by artist Louis Fernando Cruz all in a matter of a few weeks. While I couldn’t be any happier with my purchases (well, I could have stood to pay a little less for The Cabin in the Woods), the truth remains that I’m quickly running out of wall space and disposable income. With all of this in mind, I do have to give a big “thank you” to my wife for tolerating my plans to adorn our house with movie posters. I’ve promised her that my buying flurry will now subside. Unless, of course, someone out there has a Gallery 1988/Rhys Cooper Robocop print they want to part with on the cheap, in which case, I think I have just enough wall space and unaccounted for monies to make one last purchase.
Poster hunting aside, in this week’s edition of the Top 5, I’ve compiled for your reading pleasure our Lawless interviews with Shia LaBeouf, screenwriter/composer Nick Cave, and more, a week filled with rumors surrounding Warner Bros.’ Justice League pic, For a Good Time, Call… video interviews with Ari Graynor, Lauren Miller, and more, a well deserved red-band trailer for The To Do List, and some encouraging, some not so encouraging, news from the set of director Jose Padilha‘s Robocop reboot. A brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.
Many projects go through growing pains during development. James Cameron’s Titanic was labeled the biggest bomb of all time before it even hit theaters, Martin Sheen had a heart attack during the year-long shoot of Apocalypse Now, and filming on Men in Black 3 halted for a few months so that they could work on the script. David O. Russell’s Nailed, however, was a bona fide production nightmare. The film has yet to be finished and it’s unlikely it’ll ever see the light of day, but none of this is the fault of the creatives involved.
The political comedy satire was filmed in 2008 with Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal, Catherine Keener, and Tracy Morgan and centered on three people with serious health issues that stormed Washington D.C. to demand treatment. Production was shut down multiple times during filming, and just as Russell was getting to the filming of the film’s centerpiece scene the project was shut down for good. The story behind Nailed’s filming and subsequent permanent limbo is stranger than fiction, and Steve recently got a lot of background on what exactly went down from producers Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher (of Red Wagon Entertainment) when he spoke with them in anticipation of the release of Lawless. Hit the jump for the full story.
by Jason Barr Posted: September 9th, 2011 at 12:41 pm
Fox 2000 Pictures has acquired the film rights to Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s bestselling novel The Language of Flowers. Having just hit bookshelves in August, The Language of Flowers is currently a New York Times Bestseller and is also enjoying great commercial success internationally in the U.K. and Italy (always an appealing thing for film studios). THR reports that The Great Gatsby producers Lucy Fisher and Douglas Wick will also produce Flowers which tells the story of a girl who is brought up in the foster care system and ultimately learns to communicate her anguish via flower arrangement.
If you’d like to learn more about the project, hit the jump for a full synopsis of Diffenbaugh’s novel.
The networks are starting to order scripts for the 2012-2013 season. Each network will order dozens of scripts. Some of those will be filmed for a pilot. A small fraction will then be ordered to series. We won’t cover every script here at Collider, but we will try to address a few of the more notable projects in development. Last night, that was the Lincoln Laywer series. Earlier today, it was a modern-day Frankenstein. And tonight, right on the cusp of noteworthy, we have a Bewitched remake.
The original sitcom about a witch and her beleaguered mortal husband ran from 1964 to 1972 on ABC. Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman led a film adaptation that wasn’t especially successful in 2005. Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, the married couple behind the movie, didn’t let that set them back — they will executive produce a new series at CBS by way of Sony Pictures Television. According to Variety, Marc Lawrence (Did You Hear About the Morgans?) will write the pilot script. Read a synopsis of the original series after the jump.