• [The Daily] In the Works: Welles, Larraín, and More

    By David Hudson


    “More than forty-two years after principal photography wrapped on Orson Welles’s The Other Side of the Wind, a ‘locked picture’ is finally in place,” reports Ray Kelly at Wellesnet. “It is being color-corrected with sound work continuing as the movie nears release.” That’s scheduled to happen later this year via Netflix.

    And Michel Legrand is writing the score, reports Jon Burlingame for Variety. Legrand, who scored Welles’s F for Fake (1974), also worked with Jean-Luc Godard on A Woman Is a Woman (1960) and Vivre sa vie (1962), with Agnès Varda on Cléo from 5 to 7 (1961), with Jacques Demy on The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964) and The Young Girls of Rochefort (1967), and so on and on for a total of over 200 film and television scores.

    Above: John Huston, Orson Welles, and Peter Bogdanovich on the set of The Other Side of the Wind.


    As coincidence would have it, two projects that Kathryn Bigelow had, at one point or another, intended to direct have been revived without her all but simultaneously. “Mark Ruffalo and Kumail Nanjiani are in early talks to star in Pablo Larraín’s drama The True American . . . based on Anand Giridharadas’s nonfiction book The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas,” reports Jeff Sneider at the Tracking Board. “Set in Texas in the days following 9/11, the book tells the true story of Rais Bhuiyan (Nanjiani), a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who survived a deadly hate crime only to advocate for mercy on behalf of his attacker, self-styled ‘Arab-slayer’ Mark Stroman (Ruffalo), who had been slated for execution.”

    Now that Ben Affleck is “back, heading the ensemble, along with Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, Garrett Hedlund, and Adria Arjona,” the project formerly known as Triple Frontier is on again, reports Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. Originally written by Mark Boal for Bigelow, it’s been re-written by J. C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost), who’ll direct. “The script has long been catnip for filmmakers and talent; in addition to Bigelow, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, and Johnny Depp circled to star before [Channing] Tatum and [Tom] Hardy committed and exited.” The set-up: “Loyalties are tested when five friends reunite to take down a South American drug lord, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences.”

    “Elisabeth Moss will star with Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish in the mob drama The Kitchen,” reports Variety’s Dave McNary.Straight Outta Compton writer Andrea Berloff will direct from her own script, based on the comic book series by Ollie Masters and Ming Doyle . . . The Kitchen is a classic gangster pic that follows a group of Irish mobsters sent to prison. The wives take over their jailed spouses’ organized crime operation to become the most ruthless and powerful gangsters in 1970s Hell’s Kitchen.”

    Also, Michael B. Jordan has joined The Liberators as a producer. “It’s not yet been determined if Jordan will also star. The project is based on a spec script written by Madison Turner and tells the story of the 761st regiment in World War II, an entirely African-American combat unit whose heroism led to the desegregation of the armed forces.”

    Empire’s Ben Travis notes that Steven Spielberg has confirmed that he’ll be in England in April 2019 to begin work on the fifth Indiana Jones movie.

    Stanley Kwan (Center Stage, Rouge) has directed Sammi Cheung and Gigi Leung in an as-yet-untitled film that “focuses on an actress who is past her prime attempting to make a comeback, only to discover that she is to be acting alongside her biggest rival,” reports Patrick Frater for Variety. “The film is currently in post-production and set for an autumn festival launch ahead of a commercial release in the last quarter of this year or early 2019.”

    Shia LaBeouf has co-written a movie about Shia LaBeouf in which he’ll play his own father, according to the Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit.Borys Kit. Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea) will play the young Shia LaBeouf in Honey Boy.

    Edoardo De Angelis (Indivisible) “has started shooting The Vice of Hope, a drama involving a difficult birth set against the backdrop of child trafficking in Castel Volturno, an area outside Naples known for being the most lawless area in Italy,” reports Variety’s Nick Vivarelli.

    And from Variety’s Patrick Frater comes word that The Knight of Shadows: Between Yin and Yang, directed by Vash and starring Jackie Chan, Ethan Juan, and Elane Zhong, will be out in 2019. “The story involves a demon whose mission is to save humanity from fearsome invaders.”


    “Ellen Kuras, an award-winning director and cinematographer, is set to direct two episodes of the six-part Hulu series Catch-22,” reports Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva. The other four will be directed by George Clooney and/or Grant Heslov. “Additionally, Kuras will serve as a producer on the series, which recently tapped Christopher Abbott to star in the leading role of Yossarian, joining Clooney, who is set to play Colonel Cathcart.”

    Also, Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson are joining Jared Harris in HBO’s miniseries Chernobyl. The five-parter “dramatizes the true story of one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history—the April 26, 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in then- Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.”

    The cast of Camping, the half-hour comedy series from Girls creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, carries on expanding. Joining Jennifer Garner and David Tennant are, first, as Deadline’s Denise Petski reports, Juliette Lewis, and according to Daniel Holloway in Variety, Janicza Bravo, Arturo Del Puerto, Brett Gelman, and Bridget Everett.

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