One of the effects of the financial crisis is that many directors who everyone agrees are extremely good but not particularly commercial have found it tough to get movies made. We haven’t had a film from Paul Thomas Anderson since 2007’s There Will Be Blood, largely he couldn’t get funding for love nor money. Now he’s back with The Master. The first footage debuted yesterday at Cannes and now we get a teaser trailer for the film, which undoubtedly has a bit of a There Will Be Blood vibe. Set in America in the years following World War II, a charismatic intellectual (Philip Seymour Hoffman) launches a faith-based organization and taps a young drifter (Joaquin Phoenix) as his right-hand man. But as the faith begins to gain a fervent following, the onetime vagabond finds himself questioning the belief system he has embraced, and his mentor.
Rachel McAdams has boarded director Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, according to THR, with Philip Seymour Hoffman already attached to star in the adaptation of John le Carré’s novel.
Set in Hamburg, Germany, the plot is about a mysterious man who is near death, and looking to retrieve his late father’s fortune. Philip Seymour Hoffman is playing a German spy chief who tries to determine the mystery man’s identity. Rachel McAdams will portray a woman who gets caught up in the ordeal.
Production is scheduled to start this September in Hamburg, with McAdams moving on to A Most Wanted man after she complete work on About Time, which project starts shooting next month.
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with a movie version of Robert Glaudini’s play, which he originally helped develop and starred in with his New York theatre company. As well as directing he plays Jack, a rather awkward middle-aged man who gets set up by his friend Clyde (John Ortiz) with his wife’s work colleague, Connie (Amy Ryan).
Connie is a rather neurotic woman, but there seems to be something between her and Jack. Very slowly the two socially maladroit people start to get closer to one another, while the problems between Clyde and his wife Lucy grow. [Read more…]
With the success of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, John Le Carre seems quite popular in the movie world at the moment. Anton Corbijn, director of Control and The American, is one director sniffing around a Le Carre project, as he wants to adapt A Most Wanted Man, and now Deadline reports Phillip Seymour Hoffman is in final talks to headline the movie.
Adapted by Andrew Bovell (Edge Of Darkness) from Le Carré’s spy novel, the story centres on a Chechen/Russian Muslim who moves to Hamburg illegally, where he gets caught up in the international war on terror. Hoffman will play a rogue chief of a German spy unit who tries to put together the mystery over the man’s arrival in Hamburg. It’s partially based on Murat Kurnaz, a Turkish citizen living legally in German who was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 and packed off to Guantanamo Bay, before winning release in 2006.
There’s no news on when it might start shooting, but the producers will be looking for sales at the Berlin Film Fesitval.