Trailer: A trailer for "This is England," the latest from the always promising Shane Meadows (of "Dead Mans Shoes"), here. The film, which is based on Meadows’ experiences as a child, follows a 12-year-old boy who’s taken in by a friendly group of local skinheads in 80s England. This looks to be the UK trailer; IFC First Take picked up the film for a US release in July.
Acquired: Orson Welles‘s final film, the unfinished "The Other Side of the Wind," is reportedly about to be acquired (and completed) by a "well-known cable network," according to Peter Bogdanovich, talking to the New York Sun‘s Howard Swains in an inconclusive but tantalizing piece. Welles was unable to complete the film due to legal problems stemming from one of this investors, Mehdi Bousheri, the brother-in-law of the former Shah of Iran â€” he was denied access to the film’s original negatives, but claimed the film was nearly complete, save for the editing.
"Orson said to me, â€˜If anything happens to me, you will make sure you finish it, won’t you?’" Mr. Bogdanovich recalled. "It was, of course, a compliment and also a terrible moment. He pressed me to give some assurance, and it’s been hanging over us for 22 years now."
And, while it doesn’t quite count as an acquisition, Wallace & Gromit creators Aardman Features, dumped by Dreamworks not so long ago, have signed a three-year deal with Sony Pictures. Burrowing bounders! [Guardian]
In the works: John Hillcoat will direct an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy‘s recent post-apocalyptic novel "The Road," which is splendid, given the way McCarthy’s work clearly informed Hillcoat’s last film, the bleak Australian Western "The Proposition." Joe Penhall will write the script; Oprah’s just added the novel to her damn book club. [Variety]
Neil Jordan (â™¥!) will rewrite and direct "Heart-Shaped Box," an adaptation of Joe Hill’s horror novel about, er, a rock star who buys a haunted suit on eBay. Hill is the son of Stephen King; Jordan’s moving from fantasy-horror to straight-up horror and we must say, we’re looking forward to it. [Hollywood Reporter]
Gabriele Salvatores will direct an adaptation of NiccolÃ² Ammaniti‘s "Come Dio Comanda" (As God Commands), the second pairing of the director and author â€” Salvatores’ 2004 kidnap drama "I’m Not Scared"
was also an adaptation of one of Ammaniti’s books. "As God Commands"
will focus on an 11-year old living in a dystopic Italian suburb with
his neo-nazi dad. [Variety]
Sydney Pollack will direct "Recount," a narrative film about the 2000 presidential election and the Florida recount, for HBO Films. The film will premiere on the network (no theaters) next spring. [Variety] Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, the directorial pair behind last year’s strangely adored "QuinceaÃ±era," have also made a deal with HBO Films â€” they’ll write and direct "Sensational," "a drama that chronicles a scandalous affair Errol Flynn had with a 15-year-old girl." Also, "QuinceaÃ±era" is turning into a series for the ABC Family Channel â€” yay. [Variety]
And, for you 80s babies out there: A remake of sleepover standard "Adventures in Babysitting" is in the works. "Further Adventures in Babysitting" (though if this is indeed a remake, we’d presume these are actually the self-same recycled adventures) will star tweener favorites Raven Symone and Miley Cyrus. [Variety]
+ Trailer: "This is England" (Greenroom-Press.com)
+ Deal Near on a Lost Welles (NY Sun)
+ Wallace & Gromit creators join Sony (Guardian)
+ Penhall paves ‘Road’ (Variety)
+ Jordan will build ‘Box’ for Warners (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Salvatores takes ‘Commands’ (Variety)
+ Pollack to direct ‘Recount’ (Variety)
+ Directing duo are ‘Sensational’ (Variety)
+ Caviezel: ‘N.Y.’ state of mind (Hollywood Reporter)
+ Paulsen to write ‘Babysitting’ (Variety)