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Leonardo Dicaprio as Ian Fleming

Friday, May 16th, 2008


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Leonard Dicaprio’s production company Appian Way is set to produce Fleming, a biopic of James Bond creator, Ian Fleming.

Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way will produce Fleming, a biopic of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, along with Andrew Lazar (Confessions of a Dangerous Mind). The Titanic star may also portray the late author.

“It’s going to be very different from the Bond films,” Lazar informed The Los Angeles Times. “There are a lot of different ways to crack biopics, but we’re not trying to emulate a Bond movie … The idea that this guy’s life informed the James Bond character is pretty fascinating.”

The paper added, “During the writers’ strike, DiCaprio showed interest in Fleming and his world, but he’s looking to take the script in a different direction with a new writer.”

British screenwriter Damian Stevenson penned the original script, which Warner Bros. bought in 2005. Variety reported at the time that “Fleming tells the story of how the author’s own experiences with womanizing and spying shaped his signature secret agent creation. Born into a privileged English family, Fleming began as a comparative underachiever until a stint as a journalist covering the Soviet Union led him to begin spying on that country for the Foreign Office. Fleming was the mastermind of numerous clever spying schemes, some deemed too outlandish to use. He dreamed of becoming a daring secret agent and adapted his own womanizing feats and the stories he heard to craft the Bond novels. He unveiled 007 in Casino Royale in 1953.”

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I, Claudius The Movie

Thursday, September 6th, 2007

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Derek Jacobi plays Claudius, fourth Emperor of Rome

Leonardo DiCaprio may be starring in the upcoming big screen adaptaion of I Claudius. I can’t wait for this one. Read on:

Robert Graves’ epic historical novel I, Claudius — which was previously turned into an Emmy-winning 1976 BBC miniseries — will make the leap to the big-screen courtesy of producers Scott Rudin and Alison Owen, the duo behind the forthcoming film adaptation of The Other Boleyn Girl.

According to Variety, Leonardo DiCaprio is mulling the project and may become attached to star. William Monahan, who won an Oscar for the DiCaprio starrer The Departed, is expected to sign on to pen the screenplay adaptation, although neither he nor DiCaprio have inked deals yet.

The trade says that, while Rudin hasn’t yet set up I, Claudius at a studio, it will probably go to Disney since the producer already has a deal there. Several studios reportedly bid for the screen rights to the tome, with Rudin ultimately sealing a $2 million deal for them.

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Blood Diamond

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2006

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Synopsis:
Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990’s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) – a South African mercenary – and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) – a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon – who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields – has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon’s family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have. Set against the backdrop of civil war and chaos in 1990’s Sierra Leone, Blood Diamond is the story of Danny Archer (Leonardo DiCaprio) – a South African mercenary – and Solomon Vandy (Djimon Hounsou) – a Mende fisherman. Both men are African, but their histories as different as any can be, until their fates become joined in a common quest to recover a rare pink diamond that can transform their lives. While in prison for smuggling, Archer learns that Solomon – who was taken from his family and forced to work in the diamond fields – has found and hidden the extraordinary rough stone. With the help of Maddy Bowen (Jennifer Connelly), an American journalist whose idealism is tempered by a deepening connection with Archer, the two men embark on a trek through rebel territory, a journey that could save Solomon’s family and give Archer the second chance he thought he would never have.

Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Connelly, Djimon Hounsou, Chris Astoyan, Stephen Collins, Arnold Vosloo; Directed by: Edward Zwick

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Review: The Departed

Saturday, October 7th, 2006

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Scorsese delivers another cinematic masterpiece with his latest film, The Departed. Beware potential spoiler here. Read on:

There’s a strong impulse to embrace Martin Scorsese’s latest movie The Departed just because it revisits territory that he practically mapped himself. The director’s recent ventures into period pieces and biopics have felt more like experiments or digressions; this, on the otherhand, rings truer to the oeuvre that established him as a singular cinematic voice. That said, there’s a big part of that vision that feels uncontainable, as if Scorsese can’t quite be pegged no matter how many times he returns to the same well.

All of which is why The Departed is at once a crowning achievement in crime cinema, and a slight letdown for a career iconoclast: Scorsese has produced another masterpiece more on par with previous works like Casino and Cape Fear than Goodfellas or Raging Bull. In other words, the director follows two personal projects with a more conventional but no less engaging piece of populist entertainment — in so doing restoring his well-earned reputation as both an earner and artist, but failing to genuinely expand his creative accomplishments beyond those he already achieved.

Based on the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator) and Matt Damon (Syriana) as a cop and a crook who infiltrate each other’s organizations at the behest of their scenery-chewing superiors. For DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan, it’s Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), a police Captain and Sergeant respectively who want to harness the young man’s conflicted impulse to do good; meanwhile, Damon’s Colin Sullivan answers to Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), an 800-lb. gorilla of a mob boss who owns the streets of Boston much to the consternation of the cops.

There’s a strong impulse to embrace Martin Scorsese’s latest movie The Departed just because it revisits territory that he practically mapped himself. The director’s recent ventures into period pieces and biopics have felt more like experiments or digressions; this, on the otherhand, rings truer to the oeuvre that established him as a singular cinematic voice. That said, there’s a big part of that vision that feels uncontainable, as if Scorsese can’t quite be pegged no matter how many times he returns to the same well.

All of which is why The Departed is at once a crowning achievement in crime cinema, and a slight letdown for a career iconoclast: Scorsese has produced another masterpiece more on par with previous works like Casino and Cape Fear than Goodfellas or Raging Bull. In other words, the director follows two personal projects with a more conventional but no less engaging piece of populist entertainment — in so doing restoring his well-earned reputation as both an earner and artist, but failing to genuinely expand his creative accomplishments beyond those he already achieved.

Based on the 2002 Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs, The Departed stars Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator) and Matt Damon (Syriana) as a cop and a crook who infiltrate each other’s organizations at the behest of their scenery-chewing superiors. For DiCaprio’s Billy Costigan, it’s Queenan (Martin Sheen) and Dignam (Mark Wahlberg), a police Captain and Sergeant respectively who want to harness the young man’s conflicted impulse to do good; meanwhile, Damon’s Colin Sullivan answers to Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), an 800-lb. gorilla of a mob boss who owns the streets of Boston much to the consternation of the cops.

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