In the last couple of years, few Black List screenplays have earned the kind of advance word akin to The Imitation Game. Scripted by Graham Moore, it’s a biopic centered on British genius Alan Turing, chronicling his instrumental work in helping the Allies win World War II. (Along with, no less, helping shape the technological landscape of the 20th century’s second half.) Leonardo DiCaprio was close to both starring and producing for director J. Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed), though that all crumbled when the actor couldn’t find himself able to fully commit.
And, although Warner Bros. dropped it when the star made his exit, Deadline now report that Black Bear Pictures are going to provide a home for The Imitation Game; Blakeson is, presumably still attached, given his previously-stated devotion. Regardless of helmer, however, Moore‘s screenplay has a) earned enough pre-production acclaim and b) enough of a fascinating story at its core — when you know Turing’s history, that could make for a dark pun, I guess — to justify the maintaining of hopes. Even as some hands are switched at this point in time, I have little reason to think this can’t turn out great.
Even without DiCaprio or a big studio, will you keep eyes peeled for where The Imitation Game goes next?
With this year’s Cannes Film Festival halfway done, one of the clear highlights is Coens‘ 1960′s-set folk music tale Inside Llewyn Davis. Profiling a down on his luck musician (Oscar Isaac), whose natural talent indicates he is destined for success, the film is a vivid portrait of what it means to be a starving artist. In [...]
Welcome to the latest episode of our official podcast, The Film Stage Show. This week, staff writer Danny King, associate editor Nick Newman and I review J.J. Abram‘s new entry in his flagship franchise, Star Trek Into Darkness. Before that, though, we run down our top 3 most-anticipated films of the Cannes Film Festival. Finally, we take a look at the [...]
There is truly something magical when you combine the French Riviera, the global film market and thousands of hungry filmgoers and critics. The end result is what has come to be known as the most prestigious film festival in the world, the Cannes Film Festival, currently in its 66th iteration. This is my third year [...]
The Archive is a collection of cinephile-friendly findings around the web, including rare or never-before-seen photos, interviews, footage or any other bits related to classic or independent cinema. If you have any suggestions, feel free to e-mail in or tweet to @TheFilmStage. Check out the rundown below. Above, an unused Taxi Driver poster made for SpokeArt’s Martin [...]
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