According to BBC News, Oliver Stone‘s next film will be partly based on former CIA officer Gary Berntsen’s book "Jawbreaker," which alleges that the US had a chance to capture Osama bin Laden in 2000 and instead pulled back. "[T]he film-maker told Variety magazine that the new movie would be ‘compelling drama, not a polemic.’ "
Via the Guardian, "Martin Scorsese has hinted that his current film, The Departed, may be the last Hollywood blockbuster he ever works on as a director." We can’t be bothered to search for this, but we’re almost positive he said the same damn thing months ago when doing press for "No Direction Home," and we doubt that the Teddy Roosevelt biopic he’s been looking into is going to be a $3 million DV picture. Just sayin’.
From the Hollywood Reporter: Gregg Goldstein writes that Zeitgeist Films has picked up U.S. rights to "Into Great Silence," Philip GrÃ¶ning‘s 2.5 hour doc on the reclusive Carthusian Order of Monks of the Grande Chartreuse, which premiered at Venice last year and which, while attracting a fair amount of critical attention, is probably not going to be the next "March of the Penguins." Also via Goldstein, IFC Films has acquired "Penelope," Reese Witherspoon‘s first film as a producer, which stars Christina Ricci (with a pig snout) and our second favorite faun, James McAvoy.
+ Stone plans Afghan invasion film (BBC)
+ Scorsese weighs blockbuster departure (Guardian)
+ Zeitgeist Films ready to break ‘Silence’ in U.S. (Hollywood Reporter)
+ IFC will bring ‘Penelope’ to North America (Hollywood Reporter)