Robert Pattinson 'Life': Pattinson to play James Dean photographer and travel companion Dennis Stock
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.
In an Q&A with The Butler producer Cassian Elwes, published on September 6, 2013, The Hollywood Reporter indicated that Elwes' movie project Queen of the Desert, a biopic of multitasker (political officer, writer, explorer, spy, etc.) Gertrude Bell to be directed by Werner Herzog, has lost its two leads: Naomi Watts, who was initially cast in the title role, and Robert Pattinson, who was to play T.E. Lawrence a.k.a. “Lawrence of Arabia” – brought to movie life by Peter O'Toole in David Lean's 1962 multiple Oscar-winning blockbuster of the same name.
“With Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson dropping out of Werner Herzog's Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert, is the project dead?” inquired the Reporter. As found in the trade magazine, Elwes' reply was: “It's been in casting hell, but we feel like we are coming out of it now. I think we're close to making an announcement.” Note that Elwes seemed to implicitly agree that Watts and Pattinson were both gone.
However, a Deadline.com “exclusive” has Robert Pattinson still as one of the film's stars, with U.S.-born, Australian-raised Best Actress Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours) replacing U.K.-born, Australian-raised Best Actress Academy Award nominee Naomi Watts (21 Grams, The Impossible) as the British Gertrude Bell. Apparently as British diplomat Henry Cadogan, James Franco is the reported replacement for the originally announced Jude Law.
Will Robert Pattinson play T.E. Lawrence?
Needless to say, Robert Pattinson fans have been in a tizzy. Is Pattinson in or out of Queen of the Desert?
Earlier today, Cassian Elwes took a non-committal route on Twitter. When asked by a fan if he could confirm that Pattinson is indeed gone from the project, Elwes replied: “nothing is written in stone.” In other words, stay tuned.
If Robert Pattinson ends up playing T.E. Lawrence, that may well turn out to be his third back-to-back character based on a real-life person. In Jesper Ganslandt's Mission: Blacklist, about the discovery of Saddam Hussein's whereabouts following the Iraq War, Pattinson is (for the time being) slated to play U.S. military interrogator Eric Maddox. And if all goes as planned, in the recently announced Life Pattinson will play photographerk Dennis Stock opposite Dane DeHaan's James Dean under Anton Corbijn's direction.
Earlier this year, Robert Pattinson was featured in David Michôd's futuristic action thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, and reteamed with his Cosmopolis director, David Cronenberg, on the Los Angeles-set Maps to the Stars, starring opposite Julianne Moore, John Cusack, and Mia Wasikowska.
Nicole Kidman: From Grace Kelly to Gertrude Bell?
And in case Nicole Kidman truly ends up landing the role of Gertrude Bell in Queen of the Desert, that'll be her third character based on a real-life figure this past year or so. In Jonathan Teplitzky's The Railway Man, which has been screened at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Kidman plays Patricia Wallace, the wife of Scottish World War II prisoner of war Eric Lomax (Colin Firth in the film); and in Olivier Dahan's upcoming Grace of Monaco, Kidman incarnates actress-turned-princess Grace Kelly (Best Actress Oscar winner for George Seaton's The Country Girl, 1954).
Wrapping this up, Gertrude Bell remains an important historical personage – if only morons everywhere would come to the realization that current events don't take place in a historical vacuum. After all, modern-day Syria and Iraq were at least in part her (artificial) creations.
That took place nearly a century ago, but such events, for better or for worse, tend to have long, long lives: decades, centuries, millennia. People in power today should remember that their actions will have long-lasting effects as well – but don't hold your breath expecting them (or their braindead followers) to stop and consider any future consequences.
Nicole Kidman The Railway Man photo: Lionsgate.
While plugging his upcoming Wikileaks movie The Fifth Estate at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival, Bill Condon spoke with Collider.com's Steve Weintraub about his own private version of the two Twilight Saga movies he directed – Breaking Dawn - Part 1 and Breaking Dawn - Part 2. In Condon's “director's cut,” the two movies based on Stephenie Meyer's final Twilight novel are rolled into one.
In answer to a question about his contributions to the Twilight Saga box set to come out in fall 2013, Bill Condon explained that although there shouldn't be any additional Breaking Dawn - Part 2 scenes, “I do have a kind of version of those two [Breaking Dawn] movies cut into one movie that is not going to be [in the box set], but I hope one day might emerge. I think it would be an interesting experience for those who are really into it.”
Condon adds that his Breaking Dawn cut is an attempt at “just making it into one seamless thing, making it feel more like the original novel.” This particular “director's cut” was created during Breaking Dawn's post-production process.
For the time being, no word from Lionsgate / Summit Entertainment on whether or not Condon's Breaking Dawn director's cut will be released on DVD/Blu-ray. Having said that, it's hard to believe that the studio(s) will pass on the chance to milk more (millions of) dollars from the Twilight movie franchise. Back in March, an “extended edition” of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1, featuring eight minutes of “never-before-seen footage,” was released on various home entertainment formats.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' cast
Besides Twilight leads Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, the two Breaking Dawn movies (which were shot back to back) boast huge supporting casts. Among the assorted vampires, werewolves, and scattered humans found in the last two Twilight films are the following: Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Billy Burke, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Julia Jones, Booboo Stewart, Maggie Grace, MyAnna Buring, Mia Maestro, Christian Camargo, Angela Sarafyan, Daniel Cudmore, Omar Metwally, Casey LaBow, Rami Malek, Lee Pace, J.D. Pardo, Jamie Campbell Bower, Alex Meraz, Bronson Pelletier, and Kiowa Gordon.
Bill Condon directing Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn photo: Summit Entertainment.