Robert Pattinson is keeping himself busy. Pattinson is reportedly going to play Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock in the aptly titled Life, to be directed by Anton Corbijn, himself a photographer. Dane DeHaan is slated to co-star as Stock's traveling companion and photographic subject James Dean. The screenplay, chronicling the relationship between the young photographer and the Hollywood-legend-to-be, is by Luke Davies. (Image: Robert Pattinson.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, among whose producing credits are Tom Hooper's Best Picture Academy Award winner The King's Speech and the Steve McQueen / Michael Fassbender sex addiction drama Shame, will bring Life to life (sorry, I couldn't resist) via See Saw Films. FilmNation will reportedly be looking for foreign buyers at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.
As per the Reporter, Life is to be budgeted between $10-15 million. If all goes as planned, filming should commence in early 2014.
Dennis Stock on James Dean: 'I liked him sometimes'
Dennis Stock, who died at age 81 in 2010, shot the iconic Life magazine photo of an overcoat-clad James Dean, cigarette in mouth, walking down Times Square. Dean, who starred in only three movies – Nicholas Ray's Rebel Without a Cause, Elia Kazan's East of Eden, George Stevens' Giant – died at age 24 in a car crash in Cholame, Calif., on Sept. 30, 1955. (See also: "Dennis Stock, James Dean 'Times Square Photographer,' Dies.")
Regarding his friendship with James Dean, Dennis Stock would later say, "I liked him sometimes, but not all the time. But he was like family after a while. We really bonded in Indiana. Not in New York, where he was distracted a lot. He was an insomniac and didn't get a lot of sleep and was a pain in the ass to work with."
Robert Pattinson: Life after 'Twilight'
As mentioned above, Robert Pattinson, who became world-famous following the phenomenal success of the Twilight movies opposite Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, has kept himself busy in front of the camera. Besides his wildly popular Dior commercial – which looks more like a short film – Pattinson has collaborated with David Michôd on The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, and with David Cronenberg on Maps to the Stars, co-starring John Cusack, Julianne Moore, and Mia Wasikowska.
Additionally, Robert Pattinson may – at this stage, emphasis on may – start filming Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert, opposite Naomi Watts and possibly James Franco, in fall 2013, and Jesper Ganslandt's Mission: Blacklist in early 2014. And that brings us back to Life, which is also supposed to start shooting at around that time.
Dane DeHaan: From 'Spider-Man' to James Dean
Dane DeHaan's upcoming movies include Jeff Baena's Life After Beth, with Anna Kendrick, Aubrey Plaza, and Matthew Gray Gubler, and Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, playing Harry Osborn opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.
Dane DeHaan's previous screen credits include Josh Trank's sleeper domestic hit Chronicle; Bradley Rust Gray's Jack and Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; John Hillcoat's Lawless, starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; and Derek Cianfrance's The Place Beyond the Pines, starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes.
Director Anton Corbijn, screenwriter Luke Davies
Anton Corbijn's movie credits include Control, with On the Road's Sam Riley as Joy Division's Ian Curtis; the crime drama The American, with George Clooney; and the upcoming thriller A Most Wanted Man, based on John le Carré's novel, and featuring Daniel Brühl, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
According to the IMDb, Luke Davies has two previous screenwriting credits: Neil Armfield's Australian drug-addiction drama Candy, starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish; and the 2009 short Air, which Davies also directed, featuring Andrew Garfield.