And Lee Daniels’ Next Film Will Be…?
He’s about 1 year away from showing up on one of our Milk Carton alerts, although he’s certainly stacking up the projects; but when is Lee Daniels going to actually, finally make one of them? Precious debuted 2 years ago, at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Since its theatrical release, 9 months later, Daniels’ name has been attached to quite a few projects – Selma, Miss Saigon, Iced, Anna In The Tropics, The Butler, and more.
I understand taking one’s time to get things right, and, I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’m definitely curious to see what he does next, whatever that will be, now that all that Precious shine has worn off. I know he’s had some funding problems with Selma, which was what we all thought he was going to do next, after almost its entire cast was announced last year; but a part me of wonders if maybe there’s a part of him that’s a little hesitant to make his next film because there is pressure from folks like me, who are curious to see what he does next.
Or it all could be much ado about nothing, and I’m just stressing for nothing, and he’ll have a film out by the end of this year
Anyway… New York Mag’s Vulture section just reported that Daniels just may have found what will indeed be his first post-Precious project – an adaptation of an award-winning novel titled, The Paperboy, written by Pete Dexter.
I’ve never read it. Have any of you? I’m always interested in a good thriller, so I might check it out.
Apparently, Relativity Media, who’ve been really active on the financing/production front lately, have been packaging the project, and Daniels may be their man behind the camera.
Pete Dexter is certainly no stranger to Hollywood, as some of his other novels have been adapted, like HBO’s Deadwood, and he also wrote the screenplays for films like Mullholland Falls and Michael.
Described as a thriller, the synopsis for The Paperboy, courtesy of Amazon.com, reads: “W.W. (“World War”) James is editor of the Moat County (Florida) Tribune and the father of two boys. Ward, the elder, is a reporter for the Miami Times. Jack is a college dropout who delivers papers for his father. With his reporting partner Yardley Acheman, Ward returns to Moat County to investigate the murder of the sheriff and the subsequent trial of Hillary Van Wetter, who was imprisoned for the murder. The investigation calls Van Wetter’s guilt into question, and he is freed from death row. But at what price?”
Vulture also states that Lee Daniels has made offers to Bradley Cooper (as the older brother Ward), Sofia Vergara (as the wife of a death-row inmate) and Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four – as the younger brother Jack) to star in the film.
Cooper would play Pettyfer’s older brother, Ward, while Vergara would play the wife of a death-row inmate.
With busy hands of Relativity Media involved, and if Vulture’s report is valid, this very well could be Daniels’ next project.
So much for The Butler with Denzel Washington.
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