Let’s take a look at a year in the life of composer Danny Elfman: he’s already crafted scores for Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie, plus another for Men In Black 3. He has David O. Russell’s upcoming Silver Linings Playbook, plus Fox’s animated pic Epic and a reunion with Sam Raimi for Oz The Great and Powerful. So, what the hell, let’s add two more on the list! Reports have Elfman attached to compose the scores for director Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land as well as Sacha Gervasi’s biopic, Hitchcock. Hit the jump for more on both projects.
Cary Fukanaga’s adaptation of Jane Eyre and Michael Winterbottom’s The Promised Land loaded up their casts today with some very talented actors. First up, THR reports that Jamie Bell (Defiance), Judi Dench (Nine), Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Imogen Poots (Me and Orson Wells) are all in negotiations to join Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) and Michael Fassbender (Hunger) in the adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.
Here’s The Hollywood Reporter’s rundown of the story and casting: The Gothic tale follows young governess Jane Eyre (Wasikowska), who falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester (Fassbender), but discovers he harbors a dark secret. Bell will play St. John, a clergyman who turns out to be Eyre’s cousin. Dench will play Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of Thornfield Manor, who disapproves of Eyre’s engagement with Rochester. Hawkins is Mrs. Reed, Eyre’s aunt, who adopts her but abuses and neglects her until death.
Hit the jump to learn about the casting and plot for Michael Winterbottom’s (24 Hour Party People) next film, The Promised Land.
In what is probably not the best way to start your year, Director John Hillcoat’s (The Road) upcoming film, The Promised Land, has fallen apart due to financing issues. From his Road production diary published in the UK tabloid The Telegraph [via The Playlist], here is Hillcoat’s lament:
My own new project – with a much-loved script by Nick Cave and a dream all-star cast – has fallen apart. The finance company that we began The Road with has also fallen apart, having to radically downsize to one remaining staff member. The great divide has begun, with only very low-budget films being made or huge 3-D franchise films – the birth of brand films such as Barbie, Monopoly: The Movie – who knows what’s next, Coca-Cola: The Movie?
I end the year appropriately – gazing into the apocalypse of my own industry.
Based on Matt Bondurant novel The Wettest Country In The World, the depression era crime-drama was set to shoot in February with powerhouses like Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson, and Amy Adams in the cast. As we previously report, Adams was out, but it is depressing that Hillcoat has to kick off 2010 this way. However, as The Playlist reports, Hillcoat has other irons in the fire with The Death of Bunny Munro, Mob Cops, and a remake of 1973 French heist film La Bonne Annee.
During our AFM coverage, we premiered the promo poster for The Promised Land (formerly The Wettest Country in the World), the next film from director John Hillcoat and writer Nick Cave (who previously teamed up to make The Proposition) with Shia LaBeouf, Ryan Gosling, and Amy Adams set to star. However, in tiny print at the bottom was the note “credits not contractual”. With that in mind, it looks like Amy Adams won’t be heading to The Promised Land now that she is with child.
During the press junket for her upcoming film Leap Year, Adams said that she just finished David O. Russell’s The Fighter and that she’ll be taking a break from filmmaking until next summer. While it sucks that the highly talented Adams won’t be part of Hillcoat’s killer collaboration, hopefully they’ll find a replacement of equal or greater talent. Unfortunately for The Promised Land, there aren’t many who measure up to Adams.
Hit the jump for the full transcript plus what she says on The Fighter and a possible sequel to Enchanted (she gives the standard actor response to an unannounced sequel: would need a good script but hasn’t seen anything yet). Look for a lot more on Leap Year closer to that film’s release date of January 8, 2010.
By now you’ve probably noticed that Steve got an ungodly amount of material from this year’s American Film Market (AFM). The place where buyers and sellers do business to bring you the films you’ll hopefully be seeing in the near future, AFM has tons of artwork and synopses which are used to promote films but which we will use to bring you news on these films. We have reached the last piece of our AFM coverage. It’s been a long and fruitful journey and you can follow it by reading parts Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7 by click on their respective links.
Below you’ll find posters for Conan and The Promised Land (The Wettest County in the World), images and synopses for animated film Dorothy of Oz and Jackboots on Whitehall plus images and synopses for the live-action movies Singularity, The Last Dragon, and my favorite, Alien vs. Ninja. Hit the jump to check them all out. Please note that all the synopses are copied down directly from the original materials with no editorial alterations.