by Ben Garman Posted: December 7th, 2010
Director Michael Mann (Heat) has hired Sheldon Turner, the screenwriter partly responsible for Clooney comedy Up In The Air, to write his new crime thriller, Big Tuna. The movie will be a biopic of Chicago crime lord Tony Accardo, and his young protege Sam Giancana, who eventually replaced him. For Michael Mann, this will be his second attempt at a gangster biopic, the first being the disappointing Public Enemies last year, which starred Johnny Depp as notorious bank robber, John Dillinger. Variety reports that Mann’s chosen scribe, Sheldon Turner, is a wanted man himself at the minute, attached to numerous high profile projects including his directorial debut, By Virtue Fall, starring Colin Farrell and Eric Bana, and as producer for rom-com, Kiss and Tell. Hit the jump for more on Big Tuna and both men involved.
Mann says the film will detail the life of “an older man who was the undisputed boss at a time when the Chicago outfit was the most powerful crime element in America. It becomes a classic tragedy of megalomania and hubris.”Mann evidently has a lot of faith in Turner’s writing finesse as without backing of a studio yet, he’s funding the screenwriter’s seven figure fee for Big Tuna from his own development fund. Sheldon Turner is exceptionally busy with responsibilities across the board; directing, writing and producing for various studios. In addition to the titles mentioned above, he’s working on Man Camp, Path’s of Glory, Orbit and Two Minutes to Midnight.
The fact Big Tuna is in the pipeline doesn’t necessarily mean it will be Michael Mann’s next film. As far as we know, Mann is still helming Agincourt, a movie based on the 15th Century epic battle of Agincourt between England and France, and also intends to continue with yet another biopic, this time detailing the life of WWII photographer Robert Capa. His success with this type of movie in the past hasn’t been overwhelming (think Ali), but practice makes perfect I suppose. Plus, he’s had some time out of film working with HBO on their upcoming horse racing series Luck which should air in September next year, so fingers crossed we can expect a return to form.
by Talia Soghomonian Posted: December 7th, 2010A large part of the excitement surrounding the release of a new movie is often provoked by the poster’s artwork. I’m not sure it can make or break a movie, but these three new posters would look good on any collector’s wall. Black Swan, Blitz and Barney’s Version are all boasting brand new posters, beckoning viewers. Hit the jump to see them.
In the fictional Oscar category for Best Movie Poster, Black Swan would surely win. So far, each of its posters has managed to capture the visual beauty of Darren Aronofsky’s film, which we recently reviewed. In the new image, we can almost read pretty ballerina Natalie Portman’s terrifying descent into hell on her pretty, innocent face. [Poster via IMP Awards]
Jason Statham looks his usual handsome, tough self in one of his his usual don’t-mess-with-me roles on the new poster for Blitz, a crime thriller in which he plays a cop on the hunt for a cop-serial-killer. The movie, directed by Elliot Lester and due to hit screens next summer, also stars Luke Evans, David Morrissey, Aidan Gillen and Paddy Considine. Watch the trailer here. [Poster via IGN]
Barney’s Version presents a quad poster, which basically shows slices of the film and gives you a general idea of this cool movie that, incomprehensibly, is only benefiting from a limited release in the US on January 14, 2011.
Starring Paul Giamatti as the irascible title character, Barney’s Version is based on the memoirs of a man who, after two failed marriages, meets Ms. Right. The cast also features Dustin Hoffman as his father, Jake Hoffman (yes, Dustin’s son) as Barney’s son Michael, Scott Speedman as his best friend and Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver and Rachelle Lefevre as the women in his life. [Poster via Empire]
Based on Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel—his last and, arguably, best—BARNEY’S VERSION is the warm, wise, and witty story of Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) ordinary man who lives an extraordinary life. A candid confessional, told from Barney’s point of view, the film spans four decades and two continents, taking us through the different acts? of his unusual history. There is his first wife, Clara (Rachelle Lefevre), a flame-haired, flagrantly unfaithful free sprit with whom Barney briefly lives la vie de Boheme in Rome. The Second Mrs. P. (Minnie Driver), is a wealthy Jewish Princess who shops and talks incessantly, barely noticing that Barney is not listening. And it is at their lavish wedding that Barney meets, and starts pursuing, Miriam (Rosamund Pike), his third wife, the mother of his two children, and his true love. With his father, Izzy (Dustin Hoffman), Barney takes us through the many highs, and a few too many lows, of his long and colorful life. Not only does Barney turn out to be a true romantic, he is also capable of all kinds of sneaky acts of gallantry, generosity, and goodness when we—and he—least expect it. His is a gloriously full life, played out on a grand scale. And, at its center stands an unlikely hero—the unforgettable Barney Panofsky.http://www.collider.com/2010/12/07/black-swan-blitz-barneys-version-movie-posters/