HOLLYWOOD – There Will Be Blood team Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day Lewis are to reunite in order to remake Rob Marshall’s 2009 musical.
The Oscar winning team that brought you one of the finest films of the millennium There Will Be Blood are once more together. Paul Thomas Anderson (often known as PT Anderson) and Daniel Day Lewis (never known as DD Lewis) are once more to make a film together.
We spoke to DD Lewis EXCLUSIVELY:
As you know Exec, it takes me a long time to choose a project and often what attracts me to the work is a combination of the material and the character and the people involved. I want to work with Spielberg and Scorsese, and PT Anderson as well fits into that.
Paul Thomas Anderson described the process of the collaboration:
We’ve been looking to make something else for a good long while after we finished There Will Be Blood, but Daniel was very clear that he had a legacy to protect. The one brown smear on what otherwise is a pretty impeccable filmography was the musical Nine which he made with Ron Marshall.
Nine was supposed to show a certain range. I wanted to be surrounded by beauty, beautiful women, style and locations. But in the end the film was a mess and the music wasn’t particularly good. It stands out like a sore thumb. So when I talked to PT about what I really wanted to do, I said I wanted to go back and do the film again but better. Get it right this time.
Paul Thomas Anderson:
I totally saw this as a challenge. Watching the film, it’s just so difficult to see how it can be rescued. It’s so superficial and glossy, but in a sense I’ve always been interested in getting under that surface and seeing how it works. I’m rewriting the script, we’re having new songs by Radiohead and Daniel is going to take on his character from a slightly new angle.
And the new angle? Daniel Day Lewis smiles:
A serial killer.
Nine: 2.0 will be released in 2018.
NEW JERSEY – Rob Marshall is to direct a forthcoming musical rock opera featuring Russell Crowe as the legendary singer-songwriter Billy Joel.
We didn’t Start the Fire tells the story of a trio of dishonest pyromaniacs, and will feature performances from Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Danny DeVito.
Crowe’s character, Billy Pole, plays piano at a joint where people ‘sit at the bar and put money in the jar and say man what are you doing here?’ but he just goes ‘lar-didi-dar-didi-dar’.
His pyro buddy Minko (played by Jackman) falls in love with Rachel Weiz’s fire chief and they duet on ‘Don’t Go Changing (to Try and Please Me)’. Meanwhile, DeVito provides comic relief as Hardy Har-Har, the insurance salesman who seeks to profit by his and his friend’s proclivities, while advising Minko to ‘Tell Her About It’ and proclaiming to police detective Ruce Stinksteen (Adrien Brody) that he is ‘An Innocent Man’.
Russell Crowe spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:
It was great finally meeting Billy. He’s been a hero of mine ever since An Innocent Man. Boy that was a great album. We had him in at every stage of production. We sent him the first script and he said ‘Don’t go changing, to try and please me’, sang it actually, then we showed him the dailies and he sang it again and then at one of the first previews. At that point it was getting a little bit old.
Commenting on the film, DeVito said:
It’s f*cking awful but I need the money and my life is going to shit anyway.
We didn’t Start the Fire will be released in 2017.
HOLLYWOOD – With the gossip grapevine buzzing with news that James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has met Idris Elba to discuss him taking on the role of 007. Tom Hanks has confirmed he has signed on to play Detective John Shaft in Rob Marshall’s upcoming Shaft in Baghdad.
We caught up with Hanks in his crib to ask him about taking on such an iconic role.
Mr Hanks. This will be your first time working with Rob Marshall. How is it going so far.?
Sheeeet,man, that honkey mus’ be messin’ my old lady got to be runnin’ col’ upside down his head!
Indeed. So what do you say to people who think you are too white to play an intrinsically black Icon?
Hey Holms, I can dig it! You know I ain’t gonna lay no mo’ big rap upon you man!
Shaft in Baghdad will be the first release by ‘Color Blind’ pictures. A liberal and progressive production company founded by Matt Damon and Spike Lee who have a raft of projects lined up. These include Robin Hoodwith Denzel Washington. Andrew Garfield is to take on the role of Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Chow Yun-Fat will play Superman’s father Jor-El in the upcoming Justice Leaguefilm.
Damon himself is rumored to be circling the role of Bruce Lee in Scorsese’s One Inch Punch. An upcoming biopic of the legendary martial arts star.
Shaft in Baghdad will be released in 2015.
Brioche, espresso e succo di arancia
I met Danny Day-Lewis in Florence, Italy where he works in a small shoe repair shop between movie jobs. We shuffled unnoticed through the arcades to a busy bar near his shop: Negozio di scarpe di Dannio Day-Lewisio. He’s in a cheerful mood after Lincoln: ‘it was a hoot,’ he says. ‘Emancipating and rocking the beard. By a mix up I got the wrong script and so I spent three months hunting vampires in preparation until Steven told me there had been a mix up.’
You’ve always chosen your roles very carefully. What made you choose to do Lincoln?
True. With the exception of Nine. For that role Rob Marshall just got me very drunk, mixed in a bit of Spanish Fly and put in a room with some pigs for two days and some high definition video equipment. I had to do it then. But Lincoln was a no brainer, especially after the theatre scene: Ha ha ha!
You’re famous for your preparation. What did you do to prepare for this role?
Well, first of all I had to emancipate some slaves. How do you do that in this day and age? I thought, but luckily Steven has his own plantation he’s been keeping because of some legal loophole, something to do with taxes (read more about this horrifying story here), and he let me go over there and liberate some. You know just to get a feel for it.
And the voice?
That was a challenge. I mean how did Lincoln speak? I meditated on this for literally minutes and then I decided, fuck it I’ll just pretend.
I’d like to do some sequels. I’ve got a script that I’ve written with Jim Sheridan called My Right Foot about what happened to Christy Brown later in life. And with Michael Mann I’ve been talking about a sequel to The Last of the Mohicans called That’s it! The Mohicans Have All Gone. No one seems that interested but it doesn’t matter I’ve got my shoe repair business here. And Florence is a nice city, or as Dante would say, A-Firenze it’s-a nice-a city-a, shudduppa your face!
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