Lass Hallstrom is set to direct Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor, and Kristin Scott Thomas for "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." Oscar-winner Simon Beaufoy is writing the script based on Paul Torday's novel.
So what is the material about? Here's a review from Amazon.com:
British businessman and dedicated angler Paul Torday has found a way to combine a novel about fishing and all that it means with a satire involving politics, bureaucrats, the Middle East, the war in Iraq, and a sheikh who is really a mystic. Torday makes it all work in a most convincing way using memos, interviews, e-mails, and letters in clever juxtaposition.
Dr. Alfred Jones is a fisheries scientist in Great Britain who is called upon to find a way to introduce salmon into the desert in Yemen. The Yemeni sheikh will spare no expense to see this happen. He says:
It would be a miracle of God if it happened. I know it... If God wills it, the summer rains will fill the wadis... and the salmon will run the river. And then my countrymen... all classes and manner of men--will stand side by side and fish for the salmon. And their natures, too, will be changed. They will feel the enchantment of this silver fish... and then when talk turns to what this tribe said or that tribe did... then someone will say, "Let us arise, and go fishing."
Such is the sheikh's vision. He tells Alfred: "Without faith, there is no hope. Without faith, there is no love." Alfred has no religious faith and has been mired in a loveless marriage for twenty years, so these words seem fantastic to him.
Alfred and Sheikh Muhammad connect immediately through their mutual love of fishing, despite Alfred's misgivings about the viability of the project. The Prime Minister's flack man tells Alfred that he must persevere and succeed because Great Britain needs some positive connection to the Middle East, something other than a failing, flailing war. These kinds of political alliances are always shaky at best, and when things start to go sideways, allies have a way of disappearing. Alfred soldiers on, with the help of the lovely Harriet, Sheikh Muhammad's land agent, and the project is readied for opening day, when the Sheikh and the Prime Minister will have a 20-minute photo op.
All of the faith and good will in the world cannot overcome the forces ranged against them, bringing tragedy to everyone involved. Despite all, Alfred's interior life is changed immeasurably. He says in the end: "I believe in it, because it is impossible." --Valerie Ryan --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The story of Robin Hood has been told so many times that the myths surrounding the legendary figure are all too familiar by now. The new film about the outlaw hero infuses Great Britain’s rich history in order to add layers to the well-known story.
“Robin Hood” spans the years from the death of King Richard I in 1199 to the signing of the Magna Carta in 1215. In the middle of it all is a man in search of his destiny. Russell Crowe stars as Robin Longstride, an expert archer who helps King Richard I’s army against the French. Read More...
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Deadline Hollywood told us that DreamWorks has acquired the screen rights to Monsterpocalypse and they want Tim Burton's help! It's unclear if the director is being wooed to helm or to produce.
So what is Monsterpocalypse? Another board game! This one involves monsters released in Metropolis. Hollywood is rolling the dice on board game adaptations right now.
DreamWorks is also working on a film based on the Daniel H. Wilson novel, Robocalypse. "Cloverfield's" Drew Goddard is writing the script and Steven Spielberg may direct.
It's an apocalyptic time at DreamWorks!
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Can it be true? Is it finally real? Is Brad Pitt ready to work with director Darren Aronofsky? Once upon a time, the actor was set to star in the director's "The Fountain." But because of budgetary reasons, Pitt stepped out and Hugh Jackman stepped in.
Both actor and director were also in talks to work in the boxing drama "The Fighter" but they dropped out and helmer David Or. Russell, Christian Bale, and Mark Wahlberg swooped in.
Now, Pitt and Aronofsky are teasing us yet again with the new thriller, "The Tiger." Based on the nonfiction book by John Vaillant called "The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival," here's the product description from Amazon.com:
The hunt for a man-eating tiger across the forbidding landscape of Russia’s Far East.
When Yuri Trush was called in to investigate an attack by a Siberian tiger, what he found was unlike anything he’d ever encountered. Nothing remained of the victim but stumps of bone protruding from his boots. Even more chilling was the evidence that this attack had been carefully orchestrated, as if the tiger was seeking revenge. Before long, the beast struck again, and Trush, leader of a tiger conservation unit, found himself forced to hunt this animal through the brutal cold of a Siberian winter, becoming intimately acquainted with the tiger’s history, motives, and unique method of attack—until their harrowing final encounter.
John Vaillant recreates these astonishing events against the backdrop of Russia’s most remote frontier, a place where the native peoples worship tigers but poachers threaten the species’ survival. He describes the historic collisions between Chinese and Russian settlers (trappers, thieves, deserters, and exiles), and the struggles of their descendants, who, in the chaotic aftermath of perestroika, turn to poaching to survive—in this case with deadly consequences.
A haunting, gripping exploration of predators and prey, and an intimate portrait of a remarkable animal increasingly threatened by interaction with humans.
The project is supposed to be almost supernatural, and it's quite interesting to note that Aronofsky has been dabbling with mystical forces lately (the director is putting finishing touches on his ghost ballerina story "Black Swan" starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, and Winona Ryder).
Pitt's old chum, "Babel's" Guillermo Arriaga, is set to write the scipt, and the actor will produce. He's also thinking of playing the warden in the film.
Currently, there's no production timeline surrounding "The Tiger" so will third time be a charm for Pitt and Aronofsky, or will they part ways again prior to making the film?
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Universal Pictures has announced that Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd will be experiencing "Wanderlust" for producer Judd Apatow.
Rudd will reunite with his "Role Models" director, David Wain, and both will team up with Ken Marino to write the script. Rudd, Wain, and Marino will also produce.
Aniston and Rudd will play a modern society married couple who longs for peace and serenity and ends up in a hippie commune. Fun!
Production is set to start in the fall.
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