One of the great courtroom dramas of literature and film may itself be headed back to a courtroom as “To Kill a Mockingbird” author Harper Lee sues to reclaim the book’s copyright from a relative of her now-dead manager. Read all the details on Deadline: http://www.deadline.com/2013/05/mockingbird-writer-harper-lee-sues-to-regain-pulitzer-winning-novels-copyright/
Truman Capote’s original manuscript for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is going on the auction block, along with a batch of other Hollywood material. The auction house estimates it’ll fetch $250,000, enough for quite a few breakfasts, and dinners, at Tiffany’s.
Read more about the sale here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/04/breakfast-at-tiffanys-manuscript-other-hollywood-memorabilia-set-for-auction/
The promising pairing of “Lost” creator Damon Lindelof and author Tom Perrotta is producing an intriguing project that’s anything but “The Leftovers.”
Nonetheless, that will be the name of the now-commissioned HBO pilot from the two, based on Perrotta’s book, Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/02/damon-lindelof-tom-perrottas-%E2%80%98leftovers%E2%80%99-gets-pilot-order-at-hbo/
Check out the story. I love the basis for this, though I’ve not read the book. Given the Lindelof/Perrotta involvement it could be most engaging. What do you think about it?
This is a hot one from Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr.: “The Power of the Dog” from veteran writer Don Winslow is getting the big-screen treatment, with even Winslow himself tweeting about it (with a nice thanks to the guy behind the translation to film).
Fleming has all the details here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/oscar-nommed-a-royal-affair-team-boards-epic-don-winslow-novel-power-of-the-dog/
Who’s a fan of the book? What do you think of seeing it on-screen? They have a pretty impressive team involved in the translation.
For J.D. Salinger, a secretive and immensely influential novelist who spent so much of his life dodging any public attention, perhaps it’s fitting that an exhaustive, already completed documentary about that life has spent the three years since Salinger’s death being secretly and completely restructured to include hours of conversation with many confidantes who finally felt free to talk.
Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. has all the absorbing story of “Salinger,” which now has a TV deal, a related biography and a possible theatrical run coming in the next year. Read it all here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/jd-salinger-american-masters-secret-documentary-movie-january-2014/
Who’s looking forward to this film? Salinger’s fans are many, and this project seems like quite the labor of love and persistence.
So maybe there’s a good reason for all you kids to pay attention during those humanities classes in college: recent grad James DiLapo turned his time in school into a fairly nifty idea, ”The Odyssey” in space, which in turn became a writing deal and green-lit project from Warner Bros.
“The Odyssey,” of course, is by that prominent Hollywood writer, Homer, also known for “Troy,” the huge international hit based on his “The Iliad.” And if you actually stayed awake in that humanities class, you’ll know which part of that last sentence was tongue in cheek.
Anyway, Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. has all the details on the project, and on the very fast-rising DiLapo’s career, here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/warner-bros-moves-forward-with-space-bound-the-odyssey/
Ridley Scott’s production company is joining with Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly on a TV version of his latest historical hit book, “Killing Kennedy,” Deadline TV Editor Nellie Andreeva is reporting.
It’s the second collaboration between Scott Free and O’Reilly, after a similar special based on his book about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Read all the details here: http://www.deadline.com/2013/01/killing-kennedy-movie-bill-oreilly-national-geographic/
What do you think of the project? Happy to see the book become a show? Concerned about O’Reilly’s chops as a historian?
Lovers of hairy-footed, often-hungry halflings rejoice: Principle photography has officially wrapped on the two movies that will comprise Peter Jackson’s vision of Tolkein’s “The Hobbit.” Read more here: http://ow.ly/c45kC
I really love this shot of Jackson, holding up the last slate for filming. Very fun….
The passing of author/screenwriter/director/essayist/playwright/etc/etc/etc Nora Ephron has sparked an explosion of reactions about her impacts and achievements in films such as “Silkwood,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Sleepless in Seattle.”
At Deadline, Editor in Chief Nikki Finke reports on the passing of what she calls a “quintuple threat”.
Meanwhile, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond has separately penned a lovely appreciation of Nephron’s considerable talent and impact in Hollywood and beyond.
Below is a quick slice of some of the many Twitter comments by Hollywood denizens posted in the first minutes after confirmed reports of Nephron’s death surfaced.
Joe Cornish set off quite a bidding war for his services after the success of his low-budget alien thriller “Attack the Block.” Now, he’s set to direct “Snow Crash,” the long-delayed film version of Neal Stephenson’s classic cyberpunk yarn.
What do you think of the choice? Is this one you’re looking forward to finally seeing on screen?