Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. Af...
Harrison Ford has looked long and hard but has found his next project -- K-19, a drama about a Soviet submarine crew's desperate race to keep their "cargo" on board from causing a nuclear meltdown.
Being produced by Intermedia and directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Strange Days), the film could begin production next February, assuming Ford's $20 million price ticket is approved.
After starring in Robert Zemeckis' What Lies Beneath', Dreamwork's thriller hit this summer, Ford has been actively searching for his next project to be completed before the imminent actors' strike next summer, trying to find a compelling action film.
The fact-based K-19 fits the bill perfectly. He will be playing a Soviet captain, using his vessel and crew to try and stop a nuclear disaster from happening. Like the recent U-571 and the older classic Das Boot, once again the comarderie of being on a submarine brings out heroic deeds.
This marks the first deal UTA has brought to its new client Ford and longtime manager Patricia McQueeney.
Directed Iraq war thriller "The Hurt Locker," written by former Playboy journalist Mark Boal; screened at festivals in 2008
Served as script supervisor for "Union City"
Lived in NYC variously as a student, artist, and filmmaker
Hailed as one of the preeminent stylists of contemporary Hollywood filmmaking, Kathryn Bigelow was often too easily pigeonholed as a female director with a flair for traditionally masculine movies. After making an unusual entrance to cinema by way of the art world, Bigelow put her distinctive stamp on standard genre films like the Western-twinged vampire flick, "Near Dark" (1987) and the feminist-themed cop thriller, "Blue Steel" (1990). With the financial success of the surfer bank heist picture, "Point Break" (1991), Bigelow enjoyed newfound status as a mainstream director with a rather artistic bent. Following a brief marriage and creative collaboration with fellow director James Cameron, she directed one of her most challenging films, the futuristic "Strange Days" (1995), which failed to catch on at the box office, but nonetheless displayed how successfully a filmmaker could marry art with narrative. Despite the financial disaster that was "K-12: The Widowmaker" (2002), Bigelow continued to churn out an impressive body of work, including the Oscar-winning war drama "The Hurt Locker" (2009) and "Zero Dark Thirty" (2012), both of which honed in on her fascination with the meaning of violence that was once thought to be the exclusive domain of male directors.
Married Aug. 17, 1989; Divorced Nov. 10, 1991; Cameron produced Bigelow's screenplay "Point Break" (1991); He also produced and scripted her film "Strange Days" (1995)
Whitney Museum Independent Study Program
San Francisco Art Institute
"The filmmakers I admire most like Oliver [Stone] and Scorsese and Kurosawa – they always have an edge, a complexity. Their movies aren't comforting; they're not pacifying. They bring out the audience's strength." – Bigelow quoted in Vogue magazine, October 1995
"The nice thing with a genre like horror is that it's a definite grid on which to hang a piece and give the audience a familiarity before you kind of subvert it." – Bigelow to The Washington Post, Oct. 17, 1995