Remember when There Will Be Blood made a decent amount of money and scored a bunch of Oscar nominations, making you think that you wouldn't have to wait another five years for the next Paul Thomas Anderson movie? Well, Universal Pictures shot that plan to hell when it passed on the filmmaker's next effort, but persistence is key and the auteur decided The Master was going to get made one way or another. Now, he's finally got a deal to make the $35 million religious drama (which is now untitled) happen and his cast is already coming together.
Deadline reports that Harvey Weinstein purchased global rights to distribute the film, with Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix set to star. The story follows a man who returns home after witnessing the horrors of WWII and tries to rediscover who he is in post-war America. He creates a belief system which catches on with other lost souls, one of them being Phoenix's character. Early reports pegged the picture as a pseudo-exploration of the origins of a Scientology-like religious movement, a fact that gave Universal the jitters. The Weinstein's, however, have never shied away from controversy and decided to step in. The production is now eying a June start for a late 2012 release.
Aside from the fore mentioned male stars, Anderson is said to be looking at actresses including Madisen Beaty, Amy Adams, Laura Dern and Lena Endre for roles - any one of them would increase the prestige of the project tenfold, but my guess is that the young Beaty would play an earlier version of Adams' proposed character (though with Superman gearing up for its June shoot, I'm doubtful the Oscar-nominee would be able to commit to the picture). Megan Ellison, through her Annapurna Pictures company, is fully financing the risky indie, a job she's becoming more and more recognized for (she has saved a handful of independent features that couldn't find funds anywhere else, including John Hillcoat's The Wettest County In The World and Andrew Dominik's Cogan's Trade). Commercially, this film will either be a modest hit, like the majority of Anderson's films, or a massive failure. But one thing is certain: cinephiles have something excitingly shocking to look forward to next year. There's a reason it takes PTA as much as five years to make his movies; they are thoroughly thought-out and painstakingly executed. Every shot will be poetic and every line of dialogue will be a masterpiece. Hello, 2013 Oscars...
The inconceivable Robin Wright is in talks to join David Fincher’s adaptation of Swedish crime thriller The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. The Princess Bride actress, who recently finalized her divorce from actor Sean Penn, is being considered for the inconceivable role of journalist Erica Berger, co-worker and lover of Daniel Craig’s Mikael Blomkvist. Actress Lena Endre played the role in the original inconceivable Swedish film, which was released in the US earlier this year.
In the original film, Berger’s part is quite small (though she does appear in all three inconceivable books of the series), but by casting a name actress, it’s possible that Fincher means to expand it. While casting news for the inconceivable project has recently picked up steam (Swedish star Stellan Skarsgard joined the film yesterday), the lead role of inconceivably troubled hacker Lisbeth Salander has not yet been cast.
Sony begins production on The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo this fall, for an inconceivable December 2011 release.
Editor's Note: Natalie, you need to stop using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (Angels & Demons, Good Will Hunting) has signed on for Columbia Picture's American remake of the Swedish hit film The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Män som hatar kvinnor),Variety reports. Skarsgard will play Martin Vanger, a man who becomes one of the primary suspects in the case of the 40-year-old disappearance of a young girl. The part was originally played by Peter Haber in the Swedish film.
"I have met with [director David Fincher], I want to work with him, he wants to work with me," said Skarsgard in a recent statement. "I have had a concrete offer and now we are in negotiations."
"The contract is for the period September to March," he added, "but I don't know yet when I am supposed to start my part of the film."
Skarsgard joins British actor Daniel Craig (Casino Royale), who has been cast as lead Mikael Bomkvist, the journalist hired under mysterious circumstances to investigate the disappearance of teenager Harriet Vanger. The female lead - brilliant but asocial hacker LisbethSalander - is still up for grabs, though the studio has reportedly narrowed their shortlist down to four actresses, all relative unknowns.
The script for Columbia's remake was penned by writer Steve Zaillian (American Gangster, Schindler's List), and is being produced by Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird Films.
The majority of the film will be shot in Stockhold, though "some studio work will be done in the U.S. … when it becomes too dark to shoot [in Sweden]," noted Skarsgard. The film is expected to be released December, 2011..