Bradford's Hollywood: February 9 2013

by Trisha Hound / 31 January, 2013
Toni Collette; Sam Rockwell; and Maya Rudolph.
Actors Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph
Actors Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell and Maya Rudolph, photo/Getty Images

David Fincher is looking to adapt another novel with a strong female lead. Following on from The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo, he’s in talks to direct a movie version of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling novel Gone Girl. The plot revolves around a woman who disappears on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary, and all clues point to her husband having killed her. Flynn, a former TV critic for Entertainment Weekly, has written two other novels that are also likely to make it to the big screen – Sharp Objects, about a serial killer in a Missouri town, and Dark Places, about a woman investigating whether her brother really did kill their parents in the 1980s. Amy Adams is attached to star.

  • A wistful summer comedy about a teenage boy and his strange mentor was one of the big hits at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Called The Way, Way Back, it was written and directed by Jim Rash and Nat Faxon, who won an Oscar last year for their screenplay for The Descendants. Their new movie, which got a standing ovation at Sundance, stars the great, underrated Sam Rockwell as friend and adviser to an awkward teen played by Liam James (The Killing). Their co-stars include Toni Collette as the boy’s mother, Steve Carell as her obnoxious boyfriend, Amanda Peet, Alison Janney and Maya Rudolph. Collette and Carell starred in previous Sundance hit Little Miss Sunshine, which was also bought by Fox Searchlight for a similar amount and went on to win two Oscars – for Alan Arkin and writer Michael Arndt. Rash, who also stars as the dean on sitcom Community, told the Sundance audience it took eight years to get his new film to the screen and it was inspired by his own life. In the opening scene, the teen is sitting in the “way, way back” of an old-fashioned station wagon when his potential stepfather (Carell) asks him to grade himself on an attractiveness scale of one to 10. When the boy reluctantly says six, the adult nastily replies he’s only a three. Ouch.

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut also did well at Sundance, and Relativity Media paid US$4 million for the American rights. Called Don Jon’s Addiction, it’s about a contemporary, porn-addicted Don Juan-type who is dissatisfied with his selfish life and tries to change for the better. Gordon-Levitt also wrote and stars in the film, alongside Scarlett Johansson (in a role he created specifically for her), Julianne Moore and sitcom legend Tony Danza.

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