5. Darren Negotiated to Direct Red Sparrow.
With Noah in post-production, Aronofsky (Black Swan, The Wrestler, Requiem for a Dream) already has his eye on a new project—the adaptation of Jason Matthews’ (a 33 year CIA veteran) spy thriller. Red Sparrow follows Russian intelligence officer Dominika Egorova, a “sparrow” (aka “seductress”) assigned to get close to a CIA officer who in turn, covers an important Russian agent—with a chase extending from Moscow to Helsinki, Washington D.C., and Athens. With the right female lead, this could be brilliant…just please, not Natalie Portman.
4. We Got a Taste of the Disney Imagineering Documentary.
Leslie Iwerks (Citizen Hearst, The Pixar Story, Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible) turns her attention to Walt and Co. and the creation and construction of Disneyland, EPCOT, and Disney’s California Adventure. The endlessly fascinating look at how some of our favorite attractions came into (and continue to enter) existence is expected to also feature footage of newer parks (Disneyland Shanghai) and attractions (Star Wars exhibitions at Disneyland’s Tomorrowland and Hollywood Studios [FL], Ratatouille ride [Disneyland Paris], and Avatar at Animal Kingdom); thus, we’ll not see the finished product until 2016.
3. John Crowley’s Closed Circuit Trailer Hit the Street.
With a script by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) and stars like Eric Bana, Rebecca Hall, Jim Broadbent, Riz Ahmed, Ciarán Hinds, and Julia Stiles, Closed Circuit has the makings of a great thriller. Ex-couple and lawyers Bana and Hall are the defense team for an international terrorist on trial for a London market explosion; things get hairy when they realize they may be in the midst of a government cover-up. Closed Circuit hits theaters August 28th.
2. We Got a Subtitled Trailer for Hayao Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises.
This latest Studio Ghibli feature is based on a manga, in turn based on Tatsuo Hori’s short story about fighter plane designer, Jiro Horikoshi. After a young Horikoshi dreams of meeting Italian engineer Giovanni Battista Caproni, he embarks on his own career of design and engineering. This fictionalized biography chronicles both Horikoshi’s professional and personal life as he invents planes and meets the woman who will become his wife. The Wind Rises will compete at the 70th Venice International Film Festival before its worldwide release; it premiered in Japan July 20th to controversy, due to the country’s current debate over military defense.
1. Isaiah Washington Induced Chills in This Blue Caprice Trailer.
Alexandre Moors makes his feature film directorial debut with this dramatized account of the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks. Tequan Richmond (“Everybody Hates Chris,” Ray) stars as Lee Boyd Malvo, the young man Washington’s psychotic John Allen Muhammad befriended, then enlisted as his partner in a series of Washington D.C. area murders. The film explores the bizarre relationship between the two men as it chronicles their crimes from the snipers’ points of view. Blue Caprice debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews; it opens in wide release September 13th.