As we told you last month, J. Edgar Hoover's life will get the Clint Eastwood treatment in a new project being developed by Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment.
"Milk" screenwriter, Dustin Lance Black, has written the script that follows Hoover’s career, from the founding of the FBI in 1935 to his long tenure as director of the crime-fighting organization that lasted until 1972 when he died.
Now, EW.com is reporting DiCaprio has met with Eastwood on the project.
“It sounds interesting to say the least,” DiCaprio confirmed to EW.com. “There’s no contract, no anything, but I’m a huge fan of Clint’s.”
Does that sound like the actor will agree to work with Eastwood? You betcha! But the big question -- can DiCaprio wear women's clothes with avant garde flair like Hoover?
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"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is a 2009 Swedish film directed by Niels Arden Oplev and is based on the bestselling novel by the late Swedish author and journalist Stieg Larsson. Now, David Fincher wants to adapt the film which is currently being shown in the U.S.
Here's what the movie is about from Music Box Films:
Forty years ago, Harriet Vanger disappeared from a family gathering on the island owned and inhabited by the powerful Vanger clan. Her body was never found, yet her beloved uncle is convinced it was murder and that the killer is a member of his own tightly knit but dysfunctional family. He employs disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and the tattooed and troubled but resourceful computer hacker Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) to investigate. When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from almost forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vanger's are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
Author Stieg Larsson, who died suddenly in 2004, left behind three unpublished novels, known as the "Millennium" trilogy, which have become a global sensation, elevating Larsson to the world's second best-selling author last year (behind "The Kite Runner"'s Khaled Hosseini). "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" is one of the decade's major literary success stories, selling over 8,000,000 copies worldwide and the film adaptation is the highest grossing Swedish film in history. --© Music Box Films
Isn't that intriguing?
ThePlaylist.com has confirmed "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" is definitely Fincher's next film. Steve Zaillian ("Schindler's List," "American Gangster") is currently writing the script. Shooting is set to begin in September or October.
Right now, there's no word on casting yet, although Academy Award-nominee Carey Mulligan ("An Education") is being rumored to play the part of Lisbeth Salander.
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Our friends at TotalFilm told us that "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov is in talks to direct an adaptation of Peter Ackroyd's "The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein."
But before you groan, "What? Another freaking Frankenstein movie?," hear this -- the novel is a retelling of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein," only this time, the author's husband, the poet, dramatist, essayist, and novelist Percy Bysshe Shelley appears in the book as one of the main characters whose close friend is Victor Frankenstein.
Here's a full description of the novel from Amazon:
When two nineteenth-century Oxford students--Victor Frankenstein, a serious researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley--form an unlikely friendship, the result is a tour de force that could only come from one of the world's most accomplished and prolific authors.
This haunting and atmospheric novel opens with a heated discussion, as Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and life. Afterward, these concepts become an obsession for the young scientist.
As Victor begins conducting anatomical experiments to reanimate the dead, he at first uses corpses supplied by the coroner. But these specimens prove imperfect for Victor's purposes. Moving his makeshift laboratory to a deserted pottery factory in Limehouse, he makes contact with the Doomsday men--the resurrectionists--whose grisly methods put Frankenstein in great danger as he works feverishly to bring life to the terrifying creature that will bear his name for eternity.
Filled with literary lights of the day such as Bysshe Shelley, Godwin, Lord Byron, and Mary Shelley herself, and penned in period-perfect prose, The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein is sure to become a classic of the twenty-first century.
Sounds good right? And you know what's better? Playwright David Auburn, who won the Tony Award in 2001 for his play "Proof" is adapting the novel for the big screen.
Couple that with Bekmambetov's visual storytelling eye, and you have a possible good film! Let's all hope that Bekmambetov agrees to direct the film.
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Anna Faris has just landed the role that made Goldie Hawn a superstar! The house bunny will be called up to duty for New Line's remake of "Private Benjamin!"
In the 1980 film, Hawn played a spoiled woman who joins the army after her husband dies during sex on their wedding night. The film was nominated for three Oscars including Hawn for best actress, Eileen Brennan for best supporting actress, and best original screenplay for Nancy Meyers, Charles Shyer, and Harvey Miller.
The original was rated R and the rating gave the filmmakers enough leeway to create a thoroughly engrossing film. Given the current economic state of Hollywood, you wanna bet that the remake will be PG-13 for wider audience?
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the remake "will set the story in contemporary times with modern wars as the backdrop. Insiders say the studio doesn’t want to poke fun at the men and women in the service or take political potshots, but rather focus on the empowerment elements and build on the fish-out-of-water comedy."
That's good to know, given the fact that Warner Bros. has been ransacking New Line's library for remake inspiration. First it was "National Lampoon's Vacation," then "Police Academy," and now, "Private Benjamin."
The studio is talking to Amy Talkington to write the script. She just finished writing another 1980s remake, "Valley Girl," and apparently, she knows how to put a strong female voice in her writing.
So going back to my headline question, is Anna Faris this generation's Goldie Hawn? Perhaps. Faris can act, she's a good comedienne, and gasp, she's blond, just like Hawn
For now, let's ogle at the old "Private Benjamin" trailer:
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The original “Clash of the Titans” released in 1981 had such a huge impact on me as a child that I immediately devoured everything pertaining to Greek mythology. Ray Harryhausen’s imaginative stop-motion animation may look archaic now, but back then, it opened a whole new world to children like me.
Yet for all its gods and monsters pomp and circumstance, the original “Clash of the Titans” starring Harry Hamlin as Perseus was loveably cheesy and campy. So I’ve always thought that the film would benefit from a remake. I was wrong. Read More...
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