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He’s adapting the Gabriel Allon books by Daniel Silva. I wonder if he’ll have a role for Ludacris.
Michael Mann and Paul Haggis have gone crazy with gold fever, because they’re packaging a movie called ‘Gold’ as a possible directing vehicle for Mann.
After his recent 26-page profile in the New Yorker, Paul Haggis is the new public-face of the anti-Scientology movement. But he’s far from the first celebrity to stick it to Scientology. Let’s take a look at some other famous people who aren’t down with the L. Ron.
Director Paul Haggis (‘Million Dollar Baby’) was a Scientologist and he wants you to know those guys suck.
Now that Paul Haggis has his Oscars and Russell Crowe on speed-dial, he won’t be needing Scientology anymore. The Crash director is writing a memoir about the shady behind-the-scenes of the religion.
The Next Three Days is not the next great prison breakout hit. It’s really, really stupid but in the best “so crazy I can’t believe it’s a movie” way.
This can only end poorly.
Paul Haggis seems to be getting a lot of work despite telling Scientology to back the eff off. Not one to rest on the laurels of writing The Equalizer for the big screen, Paul Haggis is now looking to adapt the Spanish film Celda 211. The film tells the story of a rookie prison guard who, mistaken for a prisoner, is locked in with the inmates during a riot. To survive, he needs to pose as a prisoner and befriend the uprising's leader. Then he has to lie and say he enjoyed Crash. Nobody said prison was easy.
The deal is not in place yet, but the idea is to have Haggis write and possibly direct. He's untested as a director in the action genre, so it may be a good idea to see how his recent The Next Three Days plays out before stitching his name on the back of the tall chair. The last thing you want to do is sew through canvas twice. (Deadline)
The proper balance is ever so delicate.
It seems like Russell Crowe doesn't care what movies he does at this point in his career, and he's taking Paul Haggis down with him. After helping Crowe hit his marks on The Next Three Days, the writer/director is in negotiations to script and possibly direct the big screen adaptation of The Equalizer that Crowe is doing for some reason.
I can understand an actor or a writer's desire to do lighter fair, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that. But look before you leap. Anthony Hopkins didn't, and he ended up playing a chimp. (THR)
Lionsgate has dropped the new trailer for Paul Haggis's The Next Three Days. Elizabeth Banks is married to Russell Crowe. She gets wrongly accused of murder. Crowe asks Liam Neeson how he can bust her out of jail. He then finds out how to put bullets in a gun because he must have never seen a movie or TV show before. The couple make a run for it. Overall lesson: Liam Neeson is a bad-ass.
The Next Three Days hits theaters November 19, 2010.
Check out the trailer after the jump…
Paul Haggis is best known as the Academy Award-winning writer and director of the 2004's Crash aka the Love Actually: Racist Edition. He's not as well known for his dance moves but trust me, dude does a sick robot. Anyhow, the writer/director/dance-fiend is in the news today because he has decided to end his 35 year relationship with Scientology. Incensed that the San Diego's branch of the Church has supported Propostion 8, the anti-gay marriage ballot, Haggis wrote an angry letter to church spokesman Tommy Davis. Here is an excerpt of the controversial letter: "Why are you so dumb?" Oops. Sorry I paraphrased. Here's the actually excerpt: “As you know, for ten months now I have been writing to ask you to make a public statement denouncing the actions of the Church of Scientology of San Diego. […] I called and wrote and implored you, as the official spokesman of the church, to condemn their actions. I told you I could not, in good conscience, be a member of an organization where gay-bashing was tolerated. [...] The church’s refusal to denounce the actions of these bigots, hypocrites and homophobes is cowardly. I can think of no other word. Silence is consent, Tommy. I refuse to consent.”Many members of Hollywood were very vocal in their opposition to Prop 8. Will Haggis's leaving the Church inspire others to jump ship or will it inspire Hollywood to turn its back on Paul Haggis? When making your decision please note that unlike Xenu, Haggis doesn't have his own spacecraft. I think he has a Saab or something. [THR]