Stalked: Honeymoon with Harry to gain De Niro, Cooper and Demme, Willis and Weaver in Cold Light of Day, Cody's Young Adult director and lead
Three interesting stories that caught my eye for films that are yet to hit development.
The first is a Paul Haggis script that has been waiting to get made for some time and could have Jonathan Demme directing Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper.
Next up is a thriller with Bruce Willis and Sigourney Weaver that has a few potentially interesting twists.
Then there's news of the new Diablo Cody script which might get Jason Reitman directing Charlize Theron.
Honeymoon with Harry to gain De Niro, Cooper and Demme?
The Paul Haggis scripted Honeymoon with Harry has been waiting to be made for quite some time, and Deadline Hollywood Daily has the news that Robert De Niro and Bradley Cooper just completed a read through for it and could be set to star. More exciting than that is the news that Jonathan Demme is looking to direct.
Haggis wrote the script before Crash (Filmstalker review) or Million Dollar Baby from an unpublished novel which remains unpublished, it tells the story of a man who was once a womanising party animal who met a girl and fell in love, changing his ways in a heartbeat. Despite their love for each other her father never took to him, recognising the man he once was in him.
Before the wedding the woman is killed in an accident and the husband to be heads off on the honeymoon to drown his sorrows in excessive drink and partying. There he meets the father who is there to scatter the ashes of his daughter, and so the story begins.
Apparently it's struggled to get made as it's a dark comedy and the studios want one or the other, preferably a comedy filled with sex jokes. However if Demme is directing and the Haggis script remains, it may not go that way.
Willis and Weaver in The Cold Light of Day
Bruce Willis has signed and Sigourney Weaver is in negotiations to star beside Henry Cavill in The Cold Light of Day, another kidnapping film. However this one, directed by Mabrouk El Mechri the director of JVCD, has the family kidnapped leaving the son alone in Spain to find out what happened and rescue them.
According to The Hollywood Reporter Heat Vision the son is a Wall Street trader, far from the skills needed to rescue them, and he has to uncover the secrets of why the father is the focus of the kidnap, getting involved in a government conspiracy at the same time.
Sounds okay, and there's a little bit of a twist there, but the biggest is that Sigourney Weaver is going to play the villain of the film.
Reitman to direct Theron from Cody script?
Jason Reitman is going to direct Charlize Theron, if both succeed through the negotiation stage, in Young Adult, a film written by Diablo Cody. According to The Hollywood Reporter the film is a dark comedy about a divorced woman in her thirties who writes “young-adult” fiction and returns to her hometown to chase her ex-boyfriend who is now married.
Doesn't sound that exciting to me, but there's the curiousness of what the pairing of the Diablo Cody script and Jason Reitman direction could produce.