SOFIA COPPOLA NETWORK REMAKE IS GO

HOLLYWOOD – The Beguiled director Sofia Coppola will remake the classic Sidney Lumet movie Network.

Hard-hitting media satire Network came out in 1976 and told the story of a suicidal news anchor who becomes a messianic prophet for television glued audiences. Paddy Chayefsky wrote the screenplay and Peter Finch won an Oscar for his performance as Howard Beale, the newscaster. Following the success of The Beguiled, Sofia Coppola announced that she would be remaking the movie.

We asked: Why?

Well, I think it is really relevant to the world today. We’ve just had an election where the problem became apparent that there is something very wrong in the way news is disseminated and consumed. And Lumet’s film was very much about that. The problem wasn’t simply the network and the corporations, it was also the audiences.

But the original film is almost perfect.

It’s okay, sure, but the issues it raises are so important I feel we need an updated version. We live in an era of clickbait articles touting fake news for gullible readers who shriek nonsense in the comments section. You see?

Sounds familiar.

Our film will tell the story of Sally Beale, Howard’s daughter and her work for an Alex Jones style conspiracy theorist. When they hit the big time, she begins to suspect that there is a deeper conspiracy involving the Russians.

Internetwork comes out in 2019.

 

JACK BLACK AND WILL FERRELL TO MOVE INTO ‘COMEDY’

HOLLYWOOD – In what looks to be one of the strangest career moves in recent years, Jack Black and Will Ferrell are both to move away from darker dramatic roles and try their hands at ‘comedy’.

Jack Black and Will Ferrell have for years created robust CVs of serious and often controversial and challenging dramatic material. In Nacho Libre for instance, Jack Black shone light on the poor and disenfranchised of Mexico and how many are pushed to extremes in order to realise their dreams. Likewise, Will Ferrell in Anchorman produced a film that was described in The New York Times as ‘like Network but without the jokes’.

The move will come as a surprise for their fan who yesterday spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

I love Jack Black in Bernie. The darkness in his character was one of the deepest things I’ve seen in years. A performance up there with Robert Mitchum in night of the Hunter. And Will Ferrell has always been a keystone of serious dramatic acting, be it the struggling accountant in Stranger than Fiction, or the real life portrait of President George W. Bush in Oliver Stone’s under-rated biopic W. But now to see him what? Gooning about with Jack Black for laughs? I’m not sure it’ll work.

Ferrell and Black however were both keen to stress that the new film was an experiment and they would soon be back to their more familiarly serious roles.

Jack Black told tthe Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY:

There’s always a danger doing something entirely new and out there. We’ve never done comedy before. We don’t even really know how it works. There’s a chance that people will just laugh at us and if they do, if they don’t get it, then I think both Will and I will return to our day jobs of not making people laugh.

Tag will be released in 2017.