And one for David Duchovny vehicle "The TV Set," here. Having thoroughly plumbed the intrigues and inanities of making a movie, cinema is now ready to turn to the making of a TV pilot, though the inevitable struggle for artistic integrity does lose something.
Acquired: Stephen Chow‘s latest film, comedy (natch) "A Hope," has been picked up by Sony Pictures Classics, who also handled US distribution for the excellent "Kung Fu Hustle." Praise Movie Jesus! Chow’s first film to be shown in the US, "Shaolin Soccer," was acquired for Miramax by the Weinsteins, who, as part of their longterm campaign to torment fans of Asian film, snipped it down and dubbed it into English. On "A Hope":
Chow’s fifth feature is described as a fantasy comedy about a, "about a poor laborer father played by Chow and his young son. When a fascinating and strange new pet enters their lives, they learn a poignant lesson about the true nature of family and the things money can’t buy." [indieWIRE]
In the works: Director and internet celebrity David O. Russell will next direct "Sammy’s Hill," an adaptation of Kristin Gore’s novel about a young D.C. woman trying to balance her job as a congressional aide with her search for romance:
The book, which at times has been labeled chick lit after it hit shelves in 2004, would seem an unlikely fit for the mercurial director. Nevertheless, the material is rife with satirical elements akin to "Thank You for Smoking" and "Election." [Hollywood Reporter]
Hillary Swank is developing a remake of Patrice Leconte‘s "Intimate Strangers," in which a woman mistakes an accountant for her new therapist (less goofy than we made it sound), possibly as a starring vehicle for herself. [Variety] Meanwhile, Rod Lurie (of "The Contender") has signed on to direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah‘s "Straw Dogs" â€” tough, tough. "Plot details for the remake are being kept under wraps, but sources said it will take place in the U.S." [Hollywood Reporter]
Given Tarantino’s Cannes history, it’s possible "Death Proof" could land a competition slot at fest’s 60th edition this year. He won Cannes’ top prize in 1994 with "Pulp Fiction." "Reservoir Dogs" (1992) and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004) were shown out of competition, and he served as president of the jury in 2004.
+ Trailer: "Ocean’s Thirteen" (Yahoo)
+ Trailer: "The TV Set" (Apple)
+ Sony Makes Worldwide Deal for Stephen Chow’s Latest (indieWIRE)
+ Russell going to D.C. for Gore’s ‘Hill’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Swank developing ‘Intimate’ (Variety)
+ Lurie dons ‘Straw’ hat for remake (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Tarantino grinds out Cannes plan (Variety)