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Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen Battle Over ‘Words and Pictures’

Posted by , on April 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm 

Now here’s some casting news I can really get behind. Over at ScreenDaily (via ThePlaylist), it’s reported that Juliette Binoche and Clive Owen are about to make their first onscreen pairing with Words and Pictures, a drama from Australian director Fred Schepisi. Although nothing’s been set in stone at this very moment, final negotiations with the duo have already commenced, thus laying the proper groundwork for a production start in January of next year.

Gerald Di Pego (The Forgotten) wrote the screenplay, which centers on an art teacher (Binoche) who, upon starting work at a high school, gets into a competition with an English teacher (Owen) over the value of words and pictures — you can figure out who prefers what method of communication. What’s more, the director himself calls it “very good.” Keep that in mind, doubters.

Well, okay, the basic logline doesn’t tell us a good deal about whatever’s bound to rise from this conflict, but any project that can attract these two — even Owen, a guy who sometimes goes with less-than-stellar material — is bound to be worth some of our time. (Words and Pictures will act your pants off, is what I’m getting at here.) Now, to find performers who aren’t eclipsed by the leads…

Is there any promise in Words and Pictures this early out?


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