Trailers: There’s a trailer for "Atonement," the plummy adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s fluttered-over novel of the same name, up here. The film has so many earmarks of awardsy prestige we can practically hear the Academy members’ hearts going pitter-pat: beyond its acclaimed source material, it has director Joe Wright, who breathed life and some silliness into "Pride & Prejudice"; a cast that includes hotcha piratess Keira Knightley, award-winning Scottish faun James McAvoy, up-and-comer Romola Garai, plus Brenda Blethyn and Vanessa Redgrave; and a historical setting that spans everyone’s favorite world war. It’s not due out in the US until December.
In the works: Everyone’s savvy about media management these days â€” Robert Tait at the Guardian reports that Iran has beat everyone to the punch by declaring intentions to produce a book and film documenting the experiences of the British sailors taken from a ship said to have strayed into Iranian waters and detained for almost two weeks:
A book will also tell the story of the British sailors, accounts that are likely to dwell on the hospitality and fun they had, rather than the imprisonment and isolation.
What the producers will make of Arthur Batchelor’s claim that he lost his iPod and was traumatised by taunts that he resembled Mr Bean was unclear yesterday.
Influential J-horror director Hideo Nakata, best known for helming the original "Ringu" and then hopping the fence to the US to direct the remake sequel and upcoming third installment of the horror trilogy, is headed back to Japan to direct "L," a spinoff of two-part blockbuster manga adaptation "Death Note." [Variety]
Forest Whitaker has joined the cast of "The Great Debaters," which sets its inspirational teacher-underdog success story in the world of college debate. (What with the upcoming "Rocket Science," debate is poised to become a film trend.) Denzel Washington will direct and star in the film, which will shoot in Louisiana. [Variety]
Award-winning short film director Phil Traill will make his feature debut with "All About Steve," which will star Sandra Bullock as a crossword-puzzle constructor who falls in love with and stalks a CNN cameraman across the country. We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: We know. [Hollywood Reporter]
And Diane English, the screenwriter who’s set to make her directorial debut with that remake of "The Women," may be directing a screen adaptation of Erica Jong‘s landmark novel "Fear of Flying" (this is from Fox News gossip columnist Roger Friedman, so… grain of salt). English claims to have her eye on Maggie Gyllenhaal for the role of Isadora Wing.
+ Trailer: Atonement (Empire)
+ Trailer: Severance (Apple)
+ And now, from Tehran, the film and the book (Guardian)
+ Nakata takes ‘Note’ spinoff (Variety)
+ Bond Writers Penning Barbarella (Empire)
+ Washington, Whitaker team up (Variety)
+ Hanks, Howard circle prequel to ‘Da Vinci’ (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Traill ‘All’ in with Bullock (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Maggie Gyllenhaal Wanted for ‘Fear of Flying’ (Fox News)