Venice, Telluride, and Toronto have been nabbing all the attention around here, but it’s high time for a news update. The biggest story to break since the last update was broken on Wednesday by Deadline‘s Mike Fleming. Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, and Ethan Hawke have wrapped principal photography on Before Midnight, the third film in a series that began with Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004).
Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in 'Before Midnight'
This, after all three writers have been telling interviewers for the past several weeks that they weren’t even sure a third film would work, that they were in the early stages of just tossing a few ideas around, and who knows, we’ll see. And now it’s in the can. Fleming: “The co-writers issued this statement: ‘It’s great to be back together again, this time in beautiful Greece to revisit the lives of Celine and Jesse nine years after Jesse was about to miss his flight.’”
More news of projects in the works. “Lucrecia Martel’s next project will be an adaptation of Antonio Di Benedetto’s historical novel Zama.” Agustin Mango for the Hollywood Reporter: “‘It’s a very ambitious project, and also a very expensive one, because it is set in an unknown Latin American country in 1790, and like all period pieces, it needs a large financial input,’ said [producer Lita] Stantic. ‘That’s why we will co-produce the film together with El Deseo, the Almodovar brothers’ company.’”
Tweets Roger Ebert: “Whoa! My memoir has been optioned for a doc by Steve James (Hoop Dreams) and Steven Zaillian, with Martin Scorsese as exec producer.”
“The next film from Kill List director Ben Wheatley will be the psychedelic 17th-century tale A Field in England,” reports the Guardian‘s Ben Child. “Set during the English civil war, the screenplay by Wheatley and his wife and regular creative partner Amy Jump centers on the aftermath of a large battle in which a group of deserters is captured by an alchemist (played by Kill List‘s Michael Smiley) and his henchman. The two force their captives to help them search for a hidden treasure they believe is buried in the field, but not until they have feasted on a vast patch of mushrooms.”
The Playlist‘s Oliver Lyttelton reports that FilmDistrict, “the company behind the release of Drive and this summer’s Safety Not Guaranteed,” will distribute Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy (2003) featuring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, and Nate Parker.
“Alexander Payne is lining up a colorful group of actors to support the legendary Bruce Dern and Will Forte (MacGruber) in his next film, Nebraska,” notes Peter Martin at Movies.com. “Dern and Forte play a father and son on a road trip; Bob Odenkirk (Breaking Bad) has been cast as a family member, with Stacy Keach (The Bourne Legacy) joining as an old friend. Filming will begin this fall in Nebraska, the director’s home state.”
“Robert De Niro’s 2006 period espionage drama The Good Shepherd is on its way to becoming a TV series.” Alison Willmore at indieWIRE: “Deadline reports that Showtime is developing the potential spy show, with the film’s writer Eric Roth (an Oscar-winner for Forrest Gump) on board to write and executive produce the adaptation.”
David Ng in the Los Angeles Times: “Cate Blanchett will team up with French film star Isabelle Huppert in a staging of Jean Genet’s The Maids next year at the Sydney Theatre Company in Australia.”
Video break: Adrian Martin on the state of film criticism:
In other news.REFRAME, “an open access academic digital platform for the online practice, publication and curation of internationally produced research and scholarship,” has launched two projects, Global Queer Cinema and Sequence, “an experimental, peer-reviewed, media, film and music studies serial publication.”
Sophia Savage at Thompson on Hollywood: “The 48th Chicago Int’l Film Festival will open with Stand Up Guys on October 11, starring Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin and Julianna Margulies.” The festival runs through October 25.
Gwendolyn Audrey Foster for Film International: “Capitalism Eats Itself: Gluttony and Coprophagia from Hoarders to La Grande Bouffe.”
Taking on Dinesh D’Souza’s documentary 2016: Obama’s America: Richard Brody (New Yorker) and J. Hoberman (New York Review of Books).
A new “muscled up” digital restoration of Hitchcock’s Dial M for Murder screened on Thursday at the Toronto International Film Festival. David Bordwell: “Preparing some remarks to introduce it, I found myself captivated once again by this curious project.”
New York. Nick Pinkerton in the Voice: “Now in its third go-around, Anthology Film Archives’ recurring From the Pen of… series foregrounds that most unheralded contributor to the potluck art of filmmaking: the screenwriter—frequently treated in auteurist criticism as a necessary prosaic inconvenience in a medium whose quintessence is visual poetry.” Recommendations in the L: Aaron Cutler on Jack Clayton’s The Innocents (1961) and Justin Stewart on Edward Dmytryk’s Walk on the Wild Side (1962). Through September 18.
Obit. “Renowned Montreal-born producer Jake Eberts, whose films won 37 Oscars, died Thursday morning in his hometown, following a brief illness. He was 71.” Bill Brownstein in the Gazette, via Movie City News: “Among his credits are Chariots of Fire, Gandhi, The Killing Fields, Dances with Wolves, Driving Miss Daisy, The Dresser, Local Hero, A River Runs Through It, Black Robe, Ocean, Chicken Run, The Illusionist and Grey Owl.”
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