In the Works: Martel, del Toro, and More

On Film / The Daily — Oct 27, 2017

This has to be one of the most tentative “in the works” roundups yet. The top three items relate to projects that may never be realized, but they’re certainly intriguing enough to make note of here.

Mark Frost, for example, who created Twin Peaks with David Lynch, tells IndieWire that he hasn’t yet decided whether or not there’ll be fourth season. “I think it’s still an open question and it’s one that we’re looking at and one that I think Showtime is musing as well.” Chris O’Falt notes that, back in September at any rate, Lynch himself wasn’t ruling it out, either.

As Jamie Lang reports for Variety, Guillermo del Toro spoke for a while in Morelia, Mexico yesterday about several projects he’s been working on. Among them is “his B&W movie project Silver, which is acquiring the status of legend, without having acquired the form of a film. The story of a masked Mexican wrestler who discovers all politicians are vampires and sets out to slay them—surely a popular contemporary theme—del Toro had Silver’s screenplay half-written when he abandoned Mexico for Toronto. Years later, it still isn’t finished. Del Toro has a ‘personal commitment’ to finish the screenplay, he said in Morelia. ‘Alfonso [Cuarón] is giving me a really hard time on this: “Any chance you’ll finish the screenplay?”’” For the time being, though, del Toro says, “I’m taking a sabbatical for a year as a director. I was going to do Fantastic Voyage, but after The Shape of Water I need to take pause.”

Also in Morelia, and also there for Variety, Anna Marie De La Fuente has spoken with Lucrecia Martel about Zama (image above), adapting Antonio di Benedetto’s novel, working with Pedro Almodóvar, the state of Argentine cinema, and: “I’ve just finished research on a documentary about an emblematic crime in modern Argentine history: the Javier Chocobar case, about an indigenous rural worker who was murdered in 2009, set against the backdrop of the land struggle in Argentina. In this case, video and photography intersect with indigenous land conflicts in a revealing way. It’s a documentary that needs to find a very particular narrative form; we’re working on that. And to edge even closer to failure—the source of all transformation and challenge—I am developing a very ambitious project, perhaps more so than Zama, a little more fantastic perhaps. We’ll see where it leads.”

“Tom Hanks will star in Bios, the hot spec package making the rounds around town with Game of Thrones helmer Miguel Sapochnik directing,” report Variety’s Justin Kroll and Brent Lang. It’s about “a robot that lives on a post-apocalyptic earth. Built to protect the life of his dying creator’s beloved dog, it learns about love, friendship, and the meaning of human life. Hanks will play the ailing creator.”

Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) will direct Rosamund Pike and Jamie Dornan in A Private War, reports Kroll. It’s based on the life of Marie Colvin, who “covered major conflicts across the world—from Chechnya to Sri Lanka, where she lost the sight in her left eye in 2001. Colvin died in 2012 during a rocket attack while covering the Siege of Homs in Syria for the UK’s Sunday Times.

“Vulture has confirmed that Olivia Colman will succeed breakout star Claire Foy as Elizabeth II on Netflix’s The Crown in seasons three and four as the show moves on to later time periods,” reports Jackson McHenry.

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