At a Gotham Independent Film Awards overshadowed by the election of Donald Trump, Barry Jenkins’ coming-of-age drama “Moonlight” shined brightest.
A celebrated film about a boy growing up gay, black and poor in Miami, “Moonlight,” virtually swept the night, taking best feature, best screenplay, a special jury award for best ensemble and the audience award. The Gothams, which honor independent film, are essentially the kick-off to Hollywood’s long awards season.
Monday night’s ceremony, hosted in Manhattan by Keegan-Michael Key, also served as the first opportunity for the film industry – or at least a sizable chunk of its more East Coast, indie contingent – to formally gather since the election. It gave much of Hollywood (which overwhelmingly backed Hilary Clinton) a chance to commiserate over drinks, try out punchlines and make a rallying cry for art’s political power.
Rubicon Entertainment has entered into a development deal with Cross Creek Pictures for He Wanted The Moon, the film being penned by Tony Kushner. The period drama is a co-production between Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Cross Creek. Brad Pitt is attached to star in the project still a year after he brought the Mimi Baird and Eve Claxton’s memoir himself.
He is particularly interested in the lead role of Dr. Perry Baird, a Texan Harvard-educated doctor who rose in the field of medicine in the 1920s studying the root of manic depression, a condition that ultimately befell him. Mimi Baird is his daughter.
Word that Rubicon has come aboard the Pitt picture comes as they and Cross Creek are also teaming on The French Quarter, developing and producing a TV series based on Gangs Of New York author Herbert Asbury’s early 20th century book about the New Orleans underworld.
Plan B’s Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are on to produce He Wanted the Moon alongside Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson. Doug McKay, Nathan Grubbs, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Michael Whalen will be executive and co-executive producers on behalf of Rubicon.
Written and to be directed by Lurie, Monsters of God stars Garret Dillahunt as Col. “Terrible” Bill Lancaster, who is waging a savage and violent holy war against the Comanche in post-Civil War Texas. Despite the peace between the Comanche and local townspeople, he sets out on a quest to kill off every single member of the tribe, bringing wild chaos to the town of Slater. Meanwhile, his wife, Cynthia Lancaster, will let no one get in the way of her obsessive quest to institute her wildly feminist ideals. Whether by force or free will, change is coming to Texas, and the escalating insanity will reveal humanity at its most monstrous.
Produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, the Amazon Studios/Bleecker Street film makes its world premiere Saturday at the New York Film Festival, where it’s the closing-night movie.
Amazon Studios and Bleecker Street have settled on a release date for the Charlie Hunnam starrer The Lost City of Z.
The film, directed by James Gray, will open in select theaters on April 21, 2017, and then expand. News of the release date comes on the eve of the movie’s world premiere at the 2016 New York Film Festival, where it’s the closing-night movie.
The co-presidents of the company responsible for two New York Film Festival titles explain their thinking behind the varied projects they’re tackling at the moment.
Brad Pitt has a famous face, but these days, his name is even more ubiquitous on projects that he doesn’t star in.
Plan B, the production company Pitt co-founded with Brad Grey and Jennifer Aniston in 2001, has gained traction in recent years as one of the most significant entities supporting auteur-driven work in the United States. In 2013, the company helped bring Steve McQueen’s Oscar-dominating “12 Years a Slave” to fruition. Over the next two years, the company’s highlights included Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” and Adam McKay’s “The Big Short,” both of which struck a marked contrast to more traditional studio offerings. Earlier this fall, the company unveiled “The Voyage of Time,” Terrence Malick’s cosmic documentary about the origins of the universe.
But there may be no better demonstration of Plan B’s current focus than the two films it produced that screened this month at the New York Film Festival: Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight,” a decade-spanning look at the life of a young gay black man in Miami, and James Gray’s ambitious “The Lost City of Z,” a rough-hewn adventure drama about British explorer Percy Fawcett’s lifelong attempt to discover a mythical city in the middle of the Amazon rainforest. (A24, which co-produced “Moonlight,” will release the film on October 21; “The Lost City of Z” will be released by Amazon and Bleecker Street next year.) Both movies couldn’t have been made by the traditional Hollywood studio system; they’re singular works that reflect the creative freedoms of their directors, and Plan B provided a crucial foundation for them to exist.
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It’s been quite the rough go for director Andrew Dominick’s Marilyn Monroe biopic. The film, regrettably, has been stuck in development hell for the past eight years now. It’s also seen several high-profile actresses, namely Naomi Watts and Jessica Chastain, attached to the project, but both eventually dropped out due to commitments set elsewhere. It appears, however, through the divine intervention of a streaming giant that the film has finally caught its big break. And unlike Marilyn, this film’s first exposure will be set in the stage of one of the most innovative media companies of the modern age.
Amazon is negotiating with CAA to distribute its clients’ drama The Lost City of Z from James Gray. The period adventure based on the David Grann book stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson and Sienna Miller. It’s being produced by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, and is also slated as the closing night picture of the New York Film Festival on October 15.
The project, based on a true story, is set in the Amazon rainforest and is about the mystery surrounding British explorer Colonel Percival Fawcett who disappeared while searching for the lost city of Z. Sources said no deal is done, but they are working to close it.
CAA, who arranged the film’s financing, reps Gray, Pitt and Hunnam while Sierra/Affinity has been handling international sales.