Screen Junkies » Peter Morgan http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:13:02 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Paul Greengrass Might Actually Direct A Movie http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-greengrass-might-actually-direct-a-movie/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/paul-greengrass-might-actually-direct-a-movie/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:09:08 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=214400 It will either be about Tom Hanks fighting pirates or racecars. To clarify, Tom Hanks won't be fighting racecars.

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Considering falls through, we can rejoic knowing that Paul Greengrass might finally be directing another movie. Vulture reports that Greengrass has three projects to choose from. The first is the Sony Pictures‘ adaptation of “A Captain’s Duty.” The true-life tale (now titled Maersk Alabama) will star Tom Hanks as skipper Richard Phillips who was taken hostage by Somali pirates before being rescued by Navy SEALS.

The second film on his desk blotter is Rush, a Formula One racing drama written by Peter Morgan. The story follows the near-deadly 1976 season of driver Niki Lauda. The screenplay also details Lauda’s rivalry with driver James Hunt, both on and off the track. It also deals with the 1976 German Grand Prix where Lauda spun out of control and burst into flames, causing him to nearly burn to death and lose his right ear. But that didn’t stop him from pulling himself out of bed to face Hunt in several more races. Which he lost. So, yeah, that’s kind of a bummer ending. Maybe they should tell the tale backwards, Memento style.

And finally, the third film Greengrass is considering is a secret. So we’d better not catch you snooping around in Mom and Dad’s closet. You’ll ruin the surprise. (Vulture)

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Sacha Baron Cohen Warming Pipes For Queen Biopic http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/queen-biopic-ramping-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/queen-biopic-ramping-up/#comments Wed, 12 Jan 2011 20:39:10 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=15738 It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing it straight(ish) in the newly confirmed Freddie Mercury biopic.

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It looks like Sacha Baron Cohen will be playing it straight(ish) in the newly confirmed Freddie Mercury biopic, set for a late 2011 start date and a 2012 release. Baron has long expressed interested in playing the Queen frontman, and yesterday, guitarist Brian May, who has long been involved with the project, confirmed that the development is moving along nicely, with the script having already gone through one draft from screenwriter Peter Morgan.

The Freddie Mercury bio is just one of two Queen films in pre-development. The other is We Will Rock You, a “jukebox musical” featuring the songs of Queen. Sounds like Cohen would be a welcome addition to that project as well, albeit in a more Bruno/Borat fashion.

Cohen is widely considered to be an inspired choice both in terms of appearance, and a penchant for showmanship. The role of Freddie Mercury will require a particularly fearless actor, and Cohen has shown through his groundbreaking comedy that he fits the bill. Further, Freddie Mercury costumes will seem downright modest when compared to the garb Cohen often finds himself wearing.

Despite Mercury being such a huge star in his era, later generations know very little of the influential rocker/showman. Consequently, this film could be viewed as essential viewing to anyone with a fondness for pop music over the past 30 years, which, let’s face it, is pretty much everyone. (/Film)

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