Lee is in negotiations to direct, but is already working with the original film’s writer Russell Gerwitz. Plot details are currently under wraps and it’s not known whether stars Jodie Foster, Clive Owen and Denzel Washington will return.
Via Mark Brown at the Guardian, Martin Scorsese began shooting a doc about the Rolling Stones this week. Though "[n]obody connected to the project will yet talk about it publicly," Brown gathers a few facts:
It has been estimated that Scorsese and his crew will shoot more than half a million feet of film at the Beacon gigs, and, according to the industry magazine Screen International, the director is using award-winning directors of photography. Among the top names are Mitch Amundsen of Mission Impossible 3, Stuart Dryburgh of The Piano, and Robert Elswit of Good Night And Good Luck.
The man Scorsese is using to work on the backstage footage is a legend in his own right. Albert Maysles was, with his brother David, behind the landmark documentary Gimme Shelter about the Rolling Stones’ free concert at Altamont Speedway in December 1969.
The five-minute film would form a "promotional video for cultural exchange between Beijing and the world" and be shown on television, in cinemas and on aircraft in China and abroad, the organizers said in a statement.
Gregg Goldstein at the Hollywood Reporter writes that "Robert De Niro and 50 Cent are in final negotiations to co-star in ‘New Orleans,’ a police thriller set to be directed by Tim Hunter." It would be funnier if Mr. Cent were making tackier acting choices than Irwin Winkler and Jim Sheridan films; as is, we can kind of see it working out well.
KFCC notes that the remakes rights to "The Host" have been sold to Universal; Asian film remake kings Vertigo Entertainment will produce. No cast or crew yet. And via Todd at Twitch, it looks like Wong Kar Wai‘s next project will involve revisiting an old one:
…a reworking of his martial arts piece Ashes of Time with Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung. One of WKW’s more sought after titles, due at least in part to the complete lack of any acceptable DVD release anywhere in the world, there have long been rumors circulating that Wong was planning on revisiting the film, re-editing it for clarity as well as remastering and restoring it, with the assumption being that it would be a new edition primed for a DVD release. Well, the rumors are true but it looks as though the plans may be somewhat more significant than that with Fortissimo Films making the Ashes of Time – Redux a late addition to their AFM slate, meaning if they can find a buyer bold enough to do it this could very well see a fresh theatrical release as well.
Victoria Laurie at The Australian reports that "Baz Luhrmann has extracted $500,000 from the West Australian Government in exchange for filming his next epic on the sweeping grass plains of the Kimberley." That would be for Hugh Jackman/Nicole Kidman sweeping historical saga, we presume. And closer to (but not quite) home, David Cronenberg defends the arts in Canada and abroad. According to Gayle Macdonald in the Globe and Mail, he wrote an angry letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper after government trimming of the "Foreign Affairs public diplomacy budget":
"I had a look at the press release and when I read they were trimming the fat and refocusing the spending on the priorities of Canadians, it made me crazy," said the director, who is in Britain working on a film. [Must be "Eastern Promises," yes?]
"There is always this idea that the arts are superficial, kind of frivolous. The notion that they are fat to be trimmed from the body politic makes me nuts. And, well, as you know, I’m always sensitive to the body metaphors."
+ Inside Man Sequel In The Works (Empire)
+ Rolling … Scorsese to direct documentary on the Stones (Guardian)
+ Oliver Stone to shoot short film for Beijing 2008 (Reuters)
+ De Niro, 50 Cent explore ‘New Orleans’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ "The Host" Remake Rights Sold (KFCC)
+ The Rumors Are True! Wong Kar Wai’s Next Project Is… (Twitch)
+ Baz gets $500K to film the outback (The Australian)
+ CRONENBERG SEES RED AS HARPER TRIMS ‘FAT’ (The Globe and Mail)