Filmmaker and Academy Award nominee Noah Baumbach’s charming and quirky dramatic comedy, Frances Ha, is a modern comic fable that examines the human condition and explores New York, friendship, ambition, failure and redemption. Greta Gerwig, who co-wrote the screenplay with Baumbach and starred earlier in Baumbach’s Greenberg, plays the title role. Opening May 17th, the film was shot on location in New York City and features a terrific cast of up-and-coming actors that include Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen and Patrick Heusinger.
In an exclusive interview, Baumbach talked about how the finished film compared to his original vision, what fuels his creative collaboration with Gerwig, writing a story populated by intelligent, funny and relatable characters, what his casting choices brought to the film, why he is drawn to Gotham, the challenges of filming in NYC, why he decided to shoot in black and white, and how he used music to elevate and expand the movie. He also discussed his upcoming projects including reteaming with Gerwig on a new film set in New York City, an animated feature in development at DreamWorks, directing the Ben Stiller drama While We’re Young, and adapting The Emperor’s Children for Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Hit the jump for the interview.
Crazy Heart writer-director Scott Cooper has replaced Noah Baumbach (Greenberg) for the adaptation of Claire Messud’s novel The Emperor’s Children. Twitch reports that the switch is likely due to Baumbach’s busy schedule. He’s currently in production on a documentary, and he’s already set to direct his script While We’re Young (starring Jesse Eisenberg, Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts) next year.
Since last November, Cooper has becomes attached to a remake of Carancho, a project called The Pale Blue Eye, and the dark drama Out of the Furnace, but we don’t know if he’s still on board for these films, although Twitch says he’s still on for Furnace. It’s unknown if Cooper will still use Baumbach’s script for Emperor’s Children. The film is being eyed for a spring 2012 start date. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the novel.
Earlier this month we reported director Noah Baumbach and his Greenberg leading man, Ben Stiller, were getting ready to team up again for an adaptation of the classic children’s novel, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Sadly, that is no longer the case, as The Los Angeles Times is reporting Baumbach has walked away from the project due to “creative differences”.
The 1938 novel by Richard and Florence Atwater is about “a house painter and his wife who come into possession of a dozen penguins but soon find themselves in over their heads with feeding and other responsibilities.”. It would’ve been great to have seen what Baumbach had in mind for the film after seeing his take on another classic children’s novel with Fantastic Mr. Fox, which he co-wrote with Wes Anderson. In the meantime, Baumbach is still set to direct The Emperor’s Children later on this year starring Keira Knightly, Richard Gere, and Eric Bana.
Michelle Williams is in negotiations to play one of the lead roles in director Noah Baumbach’s The Emperor’s Children. As we previous reported, the film centers on three Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30′s and are struggling to realize what their lives expectations are. The plot’s timeframe takes place during the events leading up to and directly following 9/11. According to TheWrap, Williams would likely be playing the character of Danielle Minkoff, a TV documentary producer from the Midwest. If she signs on, she’ll join actors Keira Knightley, Eric Bana, and Richard Gere.
Baumbach has also been linked to an adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins with Ben Stiller, who starred in Baumbach’s latest movie, Greenberg. It’s unknown which project will be his next.
Noah Baumbach, director of The Squid and the Whale and the new movie Greenberg, is now signed on to direct an adaptation of Claire Messud’s 2006 novel The Emperor’s Children. The Wrap is reporting that the Baumbach will be directing the film in place of the previously announced Ron Howard who will now produce with Brian Grazer. The film already has a decent cast established including Keira Knightly, Richard Gere, and Eric Bana.
The Emperor’s Children‘s plot is right up Baumbach’s alley, with a story not too far out of the realm of the director’s previous films. The dramedy will focus around three Brown University graduates who are approaching their 30′s and are struggling to realize what their lives expectations are. The plot’s timeframe unfolds from pre to post 9/11 in New York. Since Gere is a little old to be playing a struggling Brown University grad in his 30s, I’m assuming he’ll be playing more of a supporting role. The film is currently eyeing a summer start date.