There’s likely a long period of negotiation before Sandra Bullock has any sort of official attachment to director Stephen Daldry’s adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, if such talks are indeed happening. Just Jared has pics of Bullock exiting a meeting with Mr. Daldry with script in hand, and New York Post suggests the pages are from Eric Roth’s Extremely Loud script. [via The Playlist]
The Post links Bullock to the role of “mother to Oskar, a 9-year-old precocious New Yorker that embarks upon a personal journey after finding a key that belonged to his father, who died in the September 11 attacks.” More after the jump:
This item is really only noteworthy because Bullock is our closest female equivalent to Will Smith circa mid-2009, as measured by anticipation of the answer to “What will they do next?” With The Proposal ($164 million domestic) and The Blind Side ($256 mil), Bullock was 2009’s top box office star by consensus. (Don’t even need the modifier “female.” Awesome.) And she entered the new year with an Oscar on the mantle and universal public sympathy following a messy divorce.
The blogosphere was quick to call the action-comedy Most Wanted — which would re-team her with Proposal star Ryan Reynolds — her next project, but Bullock rep Kevin Huvane quickly issued a denial: “[Bullock] is simply attached to the project, which is currently in development. This is not her next film.”
Bullock’s attachment to Extremely Loud is even more simple in its relative nonexistence. But hey, it does no harm if we see Bullock, Daldry, and a script in the same frame, and connect the dots to our liking. I just forfeit the right to be annoye
By the way, the last two movies Daldry directed:
–The Hours (2002) — Nicole Kidman wins Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role
–The Reader (2008) — Kate Winslet wins Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Here’s the product description of Jonathan Safran Foer’s literary source material via Amazon:
Meet Oskar Schell, an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist, correspondent with Stephen Hawking and Ringo Starr. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York. His mission is to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
An inspired innocent, Oskar is alternately endearing, exasperating, and hilarious as he careens from Central Park to Coney Island to Harlem on his search. Along the way he is always dreaming up inventions to keep those he loves safe from harm. What about a birdseed shirt to let you fly away? What if you could actually hear everyone’s heartbeat? His goal is hopeful, but the past speaks a loud warning in stories of those who’ve lost loved ones before. As Oskar roams New York, he encounters a motley assortment of humanity who are all survivors in their own way. He befriends a 103-year-old war reporter, a tour guide who never leaves the Empire State Building, and lovers enraptured or scorned. Ultimately, Oskar ends his journey where it began, at his father’s grave. But now he is accompanied by the silent stranger who has been renting the spare room of his grandmother’s apartment. They are there to dig up his father’s empty coffin.