Wayne Kramer is one of those guys who gets attached to projects and either leaves them over creative differences or gets taken off of them for similar reasons. That's what seemed to happen with Sylvester Stallone's Headshot (which replaced the filmmaker with Walter Hill) while his most recent rumored project, Pretty Boy Floyd, may or may not ever happen. It's quite a shame, really, as his films The Cooler and Running Scared are quite good. Luckily, the gritty director isn't waiting around to make his next movie; Deadline says that he's just made a deal with Relativity Media to helm Ecstasia, a sci-fi romantic drama, for the company.
According to the source, the story is set in an alternate universe at a time when love no longer exists, except when it is artificially simulated through a costly procedure called “commitment.” Ecstasia is accomplished through computer chips implanted in each couple. They are incredibly expensive to maintain, comparable to managing a mortgage. Those who cannot meet the cost are forced into "dissolution," which ends the emotional link. Kramer’s film revolves around a man and woman who are 10 days away from losing their "commitment," trying desperately to refinance their love.
I'm a fan of the filmmaker, so I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with the premise, but I must say that it sounds a bit like all of the more ambitious science fiction films on the market these days. Both Repo Men and In Time share strands of the same plot, and Warner Bros. long-overdue Logan's Run remake also skews somewhat close to the story of Ecstasia. Because of these similarities, my interest in the project is limited only to Kramer's involvement, though that could change as more details arise.
Among the few things that were wrong with Michael Mann's Public Enemies was its interpretation of Charles Arthur Floyd, better known to historians and wannabe gangsters as Pretty Boy Floyd. The problem with the character was that he was barely in the film; relegated to an insignificant cameo of sorts with current it-boy Channing Tatum inhabiting the role. I'm glad that Universal's lackluster drama won't be the last we'll see of Floyd -- The Hollywood Reporter says that he's about to get his own film.
According to the trade, Wayne Kramer will direct the biopic about "The Robin Hood of the Cookson Hills” from Kevin Bernhardt's script with an eye on modernizing the tone of the story. Says Kramer: "My approach is to bring 21st century style and energy to Kevin Bernhardt’s meticulously researched screenplay without sacrificing the verisimilitude of the period or over-sensationalizing the characters themselves.” Sounds good, I think?
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure how to feel about the project. Kramer's resume is spotty at best, having written and directed films like The Cooler and Running Scared (yay!), but also penning the dreadful Mindhunters (nay!). He's capable of making an exciting flick and that's what Mann forgot to do with his 2009 Dillinger biopic, so perhaps a little testosterone will go a long way for Pretty Boy.
Source: Risky Business
The trailer for Public Enemies hit the web today, giving fans a sneak peek at the summer movie starring Johnny Depp, Christian Bale and Marion Cotillard.
The movie, opening July 1, follows the true story of Depression-era bank robber John Dilinger (Depp) and his cohorts Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd. For J. Edgar Hoover’s top FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Bale), Dilinger is public enemy number one.
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An affecting version of the Floyd saga, telling of the Oklahoma farm boy who, to escape poverty, becomes enmeshed in a life of crime and ends up as one of the most notorious bank robbers of the 1930s. Sheen and his real-life brother, Joseph Estevez, played Pretty Boy and one of his two brothers.