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Catherine Deneuve, David Gordon Green, Steven Knight, James Mangold, and Johnny Depp Secure New Projects

Written by on May 29, 2014 

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Fresh off André Téchiné‘s Cannes premiere In the Name of My Daughter, Catherine Deneuve, still the most iconic European actress walking this planet — and still, to the mind of many (myself included), the most iconic, period — has been slotted for another project, this one lined up by Broken Circle Breakdown producer Felix Van Groeningen. Little is known about the endeavor, unfortunately, save for the involvement of two others: star Benoît Poelvoorde (best-known as the co-director / star of Man Bites Dog) and helmer Jaco Van Dormael, most recently of the long-delayed, Jared Leto-led Mr. Nobody. [Cineuropa]

That’s the extent of it, I’m afraid, but the story gets top placement based on promise alone — especially compared to a couple of other titles that will be listed from this point forward.

David+Gordon+Green+Joe+Premieres+Zurich+k2BJJqBfCZvlOne that still exudes potential is the recently revealed Score, which is to be brought to us by David Gordon Green and Don Johnson. Following a stint together on Eastbound & Down, the pair are reteaming for a picture that, as scripted by its star, chronicles the public ascendancy college football experienced in the ’80s, their tale specifically centered on “this outrageous fucking coach who breaks all the rules and recruits basically criminals and everybody else and shoots the finger to the NCAA.” Plans call for small distribution: Johnson told Grantland he’ll “do it for streaming,” while financing is being assembled before any sort of marketplace is approached; one figures Green‘s name can wrangle together a few dollars, but the independent-film climate of today is no easy thing to figure out.

Building off one of the few worthwhile blockbusters from last summer, Paramount and Plan B have secured a top-tier name to script their follow-up to World War Z. Hot off the Tom Hardy-starrer Locke, Steven Knight is, as reported in Variety, being tapped for those duties, which put him in double business with Brad Pitt — for, if you’ll recall, the pair are also expected to collaborate on a World War II-set picture sometime in the near future.

The rest is unknown, save for the involvement of Juan Antonio Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage) and flesh-eating zombies.

James+Mangold+Wolverine+Premieres+London+Part+nlkPdhCXBAAlOn the side of sports biopics — and, really, what a side that is — THR tell us James Mangold (most recently of the hey-this-isn’t-terrible! The Wolverine) is being pursued to direct the story of Joe Namath. Football’s swinging-est quarterback has a story sort of meant for the screen — what with all the success, failure, drugs, drinks, women, etc. — and Fox 2000 are approaching it with Michael Brandt and Derek Haas (the director’s 3:10 to Yuma scribes) lined up for writing duties; expect the proejct to start here and end here.

Last and least, THR have also learned that Johnny Depp will lead The Secret Life of Houdini, a project once meant for Gary Ross (with Joe Wright once expressing interest) that, since, has fallen in the hands of Dean Parisot (Red 2, Galaxy Quest). An actioner in the style of Indiana Jones, the picture — scripted by Noah Oppenheim, who’s adapted a text by Larry Sloman and William Kalush — depicts his days in the spy world, as well as “the arc of the master magician’s life from desperate poverty to worldwide fame — his legacy later threatened by a group of fanatical Spiritualists led by esteemed British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.”

Summit, Frank Marshall, Bruce Cohen, and Depp‘s own Infinitum Nihil will give the actor another opportunity to mug, with cameras expected to roll this November.

Do you find promise in any of the projects listed above? Which do you most hope to see?


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