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Production Watch: Cooper’s Carancho Remake, Mulligan is Daisy, Jane Eyre Trailer, Wuthering Heights

Production Watch: Cooper's Carancho Remake, Mulligan is Daisy, Jane Eyre Trailer, Wuthering Heights

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– The success of Scott Cooper’s first film as writer-director, Crazy Heart—an Oscar vehicle for Jeff Bridges—gave him license to play with the big kids. While David Fincher gets flack for remaking the Swedish The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (he’s actually adapting the Stieg Larsson novel), Cooper is attached to direct a remake of Argentina’s foreign language Oscar submission, Carancho (meaning Vulture, pictured), which played at Cannes and AFI Fest. Ricardo Darin (who starred in last year’s Oscar-winning The Secret In Their Eyes) plays a personal injury attorney who helps as well as exploits his clients, and gets embroiled in a larger scheme. Cooper is shopping the rights to remake the film with an adaptation already written by Aaron Stockard (The Town, Gone Baby Gone). The original won’t hit American screens until spring.

– The Baz Luhrmann remake of The Great Gatsby officially has its leading lady, Carey Mulligan, set to play Daisy across from Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway. Mulligan reportedly got a phone call from Luhrmann, who confirmed his selection by saying “Hello, Daisy Buchanan.”

– Two adaptations are further along: Wuthering Heights from Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank) and Jane Eyre from Cary Fukunaga (Sin Nombre) both have similar yet distinctively striking poster art. While Jane Eyre has completed filming with Mia Wasikowska (trailer is here today) and Michael Fassbender, Wuthering Heights, based on a script by Olivia Hetreed (Girl with a Pearl Earring), is poised to begin filming once it has a complete cast list (so the poster is a tad premature). Collider has the synopsis: “What would you do if you were denied your soulmate? The passionate tale of Heathcliff [TBC] and Cathy (Kaya Scodelario), two teenagers whose elemental love for each other creates a storm of vengeance.” That’s one way of looking at it.

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Oh, OK. Didn’t know that. Either way, it’s still far too premature to have a poster for it out already.


J.P., Wuthering Heights is NOT in pre-production still. It started filming several weeks ago! Heathcliff has definitely been cast, it simply hasn’t been revealed.


Well, Sony bought the remake rights from the Swedish producers of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”, so it is legal to say that David Fincher is REMAKING the original Swedish movie.
Anyway, Sony would not make the Hollywood version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” if the original Swedish version didn’t enjoy success.

BTW, unlike other little-seen foreign movies that had been remade by Hollywood, the original Swedish version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is a $100 million worldwide box office hit. The Hollywood version of “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” also doesn’t have strong enough star power for major blockbuster’s standard (it is understandable that Sony had tried to attract more well-known actress to play the lead role). Therefore, I suspect that the Hollywood version will underperform at foreign box office.


Why on earth is there a Wuthering Heights poster already, when the movie is STILL in preproduction and Heathcliff isn’t even cast? (Maybe that’s why he’s blatantly silhouetted here.) And it doesn’t look like a rush job at all.

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