Saturday, 1 January 2011

A horrific chapter (Film News - 01/01/11)

This is it, the last piece of film news for 2010, altough we're publishing in 2011 (I hope everyone had a good night last night). Not much new going on, one resurrected project and a couple of casting rumours. I'll be posting later today about the schedule for January's events so keep your eye out for further info.


Oliver Stone's long planned movie about the My Lai massacre, for those of you who don't know this was the US's most disgraceful incident of the Vietnam conflict where anything up to 500 people were murdered by members of the 23rd Infantry Division. The film, which is said to focus on the cover up and subsequent investigation, was abandoned during the writers strike of 2007. Over the last week reports that Stone will be returning to Pinkville and will cast Shia LaBeouf in an as yet unnamed role have been proliferating.

I think this is a chapter in 20th century history that must be told, and oddly the firebrand Stone may just be the right director to make it.

Casting News

Onto less serious stuff Dame Judi Dench is in talks to join the cast of Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar and Javier Bardem has joined the long list of potential stars for The Dark Tower adaptation.


TomS said...

I wonder if "Pinkville" is Stone's attempt to retreat to familiar ground after a somewhat unremarkable resume of films in the last few years.

I hope he takes a more objective filmic approach to this you said, My Lai was a disgraceful incident, and will speak for itself, and doesn't need any manufactured good vs. evil motifs, or adagios, to signify its "Importance."

I think "Platoon" has not aged well, and I'm afraid "Pinkville" will draw unfortunate comparisons to it.

Either way, it is worth anticipation.

Runs Like A Gay said...

It's certainly familiar territory for Stone, and I expect he'll cover much the same ground as he touched upon fictionally in Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July.

The way I see it though is that thematically this may be closer to JFK in that it will focus on th investigation after the incident and will therefore show the US Government and the cover-up as the bigger villian.

Let's hope he does avoid some of his more emotive tricks.