Warren Beatty Courts Garfield, Baldwin, Bening, La Beouf, Nicholson, Mara for Howard Hughes Project

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We heard on Monday that Warren Beatty made a deal with Paramount to produce, write, direct, and star in a new project after a decade-long hiatus from filmmaking.  At the time, there were whispers this was the opportunity for Beatty to play legendary movie mogul Howard Hughes, a role the actor has long coveted.  Story details are still scarce, but Deadline hears this is indeed a Hughes-centric project that “involves an affair [Hughes] had with a young woman in the later years of his life.”  Beatty’s script is not a biopic, per se.  That is understandable, since Beatty is older now (74) than Hughes when he died (70).  Deadline’s initial report suggested it may be a comedy.

Beatty is going all out to assemble a supporting cast, meeting with Andrew Garfield, Alec Baldwin, Shia La Beouf, Jack Nicholson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rooney Mara, and wife Annette Bening (duh).  Hughes had a lot of famous friends, and I encourage you to match this list of actors to their Old Hollywood counterparts in the comments.  Given Beatty’s age, though, the film presumably takes place during Hughes’ recluse years — I do not know who kept him company at this stage in life.  More after the jump:

howard-hughes-image-02Baldwin, of course, already played Pan Am founder Juan Trippe opposite a fictional Hughes (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) in The Aviator.  Speaking of such conflict, how do you think Christopher Nolan — another filmmaker fascinated by the Hughes legend — feels about this development?

If the film is a comedy, I hope it centers entirely on this incident:

Hughes once became fond of Baskin-Robbins’ Banana Ripple ice cream, so his aides sought to secure a bulk shipment for him—only to discover that Baskin-Robbins had discontinued the flavor. They put in a request for the smallest amount the company could provide for a special order, 200 gallons (750 L), and had it shipped from Los Angeles. A few days after the order arrived, Hughes announced he was tired of Banana Ripple and wanted only Chocolate Marshmallow ice cream. The Desert Inn ended up distributing free Banana Ripple ice cream to casino customers for a year. In a 1996 interview, ex-Howard Hughes communicator Robert Maheu said “There is a rumor that there is still some Banana Ripple ice cream left in the freezer. It is most likely true.” [Wikipedia]

I’d totally watch that.




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  • SPS

    Andrew Garfield, Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and Rooney Mara. Can you not ask for a better group of young actors?

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  • Strong Enough

    I don’t think Nolan should waste his time on that project. I would rather see something original from him again or something way out of left field. I REALLY hope he doesn’t do that project. I think he should go even bigger than inception.

    • danielplainview

      dude, he wouldn’t “waste his time” on a project that’s supposedly been shelved, but just couldn’t fully leave behind. i recall he said “it’s one of the best writing he’s ever done”. that’s ten years ago, before the epic action flicks that he did. but the idea of him not giving up on it excites me. i think the project would be “messy” depiction of Hughes life(probably focusing on his latter years. the one we hadn’t seen in the Scorsese picture). it would certainly be more intimate depiction of Hughes life. a great contrast to the Scorsese picture which is more of a grand scale film-making.

      don’t you ever want Nolan to come back to his Memento root? now with the status that he have, he can make a really fucked up Hughes life movie, with a budget that could give him a chance to rival Scorsese’s flick in attention to detail.

      oh and this Warren Beatty project is really exciting. i love it when projects take this long to develop. and the people involve never gave up on it. it means there’s really passionate about it. Scorsese can have his grand scale film about Hughes(and flirting with the Golden Age of Hollywood movies), Beatty can have his romantic comedy film with Howard Hughes is the forefront(it would probably be like the Orson Welles project of Linklater that’s only loosely based on Welles), and Nolan can have his mindfuck Hughes film(i really hope that the original choice, Jim Carrey, still do it. every once in a while, we need Jim Carrey to do a serious film(Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine).

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  • Jack

    I’m looking forward to the new biopic of Howard Hughes. Hopefully there will be more truths told about him. Even though it has been written that he was not able to walk or that he had long hair and long finger nails or that he never returned to Las Vegas is that really true? I will agree that he had long hair down to his shoulders and his finger nails were from 1/4 to 3/8″, but I don’t agree with him not being able to walk or that he never returned to Las Vegas after leaving on November 20, 1970. The reason why is because I witnessed a photograph being taken of him in front of the Mint Hotel in Las vegas in March of 1971. Howard Hughes with Levar B. Myler, (a senior penthouse aide) to his left and John H. Meier, (his business manager who is better known for his involvement in Watergate) standing to his right. In the front passenger seat of the black Cadillac Limo that was parked at the curb sat John M. Holmes Jr.,(another senior aide). Hopefully this photo will be found so the stories about Mr Hughes can be corrected. For more details on how I know can be found with a search search under Levar B. Myler.

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