Edward Helmore in the Observer writes about a possible William Faulkner revival, and checks in on the script that was uncovered from the 13-year period in which the author hung around in Hollywood, largely squandering his talents and attempting to drink himself to death (though he did manage to write the screenplays for "The Big Sleep" and "To Have and Have Not"):
Seven years ago the novelist’s daughter found a manuscript among her late father’s possessions. It turned out to be a full-length, as yet unproduced screenplay described as a ‘vampire saga set in an anonymous Eastern European location’. Opinions vary, some saying it’s a measure of Faulkner’s dissipation that he stooped to the blood-sucking genre; others that a manuscript that’s already called ‘William Faulkner’s Nosferatu’ is entirely appropriate to both his poor condition at the time and, more generally, to his sunny location.
Faulkner’s estate has given the script to Lee Caplin, a producer who says he would like to set it in the Deep South. Little more is known but there is a revival of interest in adapting Faulkner’s work to the screen. It is said Oprah Winfrey wants to make Light in August and Caplin is looking for a writer to adapt Faulkner’s 1935 story Golden Land (the only tale he actually set in Hollywood) in the twisted style of a David Lynch film.
â€œWell, first of all it is a book,â€ says Verhoeven. â€œIt may be a film after. Essentially it is about Jesus the human being. That’s a big step isnâ€™t it? To see him only as a human being, and itâ€™s as historical as possible. It really goes into the politics of the time and tries to show a lot of things that have been buried and eliminated by Christianity. My scriptwriter told me not to do the movie in the United States because they might shoot me. So I took his advice and decided to write a book about it first.â€
The movie is a long-mooted AlmodÃ³var project, an adaptation of the 1995 novel "Mygale" by Thierry Jonquet, about the hideous revenge a plastic surgeon exacts on men who have raped his young daughter.
The large screen transfer will only retain one scene from the novel.
Almodovar’s "Piel" would be a departure for the helmer, bearing little similarity to "Volver" and Almodovar’s life, the director told the Spanish press.
The film is "immensely tough and complicated, targeted at select audiences, the kind of film that’s discomfiting and doesn’t tend to win many awards," Almodovar said.
Dave McNary at Variety writes that Randall Miller , late of "Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School," will direct "Bottle Shock," the story behind the birth of the Napa wine industry: "Project’s based on Ross Schwartz‘s screenplay, which culminates in the triumph of California wines over the French at the 1976 Paris Tastings." Empire reports that Jason Schwartzman, post-"Darjeeling Limited," will star in Todd Louisoâ€™s Marc Pease Experience alongside Ben Stiller. Louiso’s last directorial effort was "Love Liza," though most know and love him as Dick in "High Fidelity."
The [potential cast] includes Maggie Cheung, whose role is Salome, Lee Kang-Sheng,
who has starred in many films by Tsai, and veteran French star Jean-Pierre LÃ©aud, who cameoed in Tsai’s What Time Is It There? He did
not say anything about the story but said the French government had
granted him the privilege to shoot the movie inside the Louvre… Shooting is expected to begin by the end of next
year, with US $4.6 million.
+ Fink meets Bloodsucker proxy (Observer)
+ Verhoeven Talks Jesus (Empire)
+ Almodovar eyes ‘Piel’ as next pic (Variety)
+ Zen uncorks ‘Shock’ (Variety)
+ Jason Has A Marc Pease Experience (Empire)
+ Director Tsai Ming-Liang’s List for His New Project (MonkeyPeaches)