The American Film Market kicks off next week, which means there’s going to be a lot of buyers hustling a lot of movies, and distributors and financiers look for product to put their cash into. And that means folks writing the cheques will want to see something first. And since many of these movies are mid-production or just getting started, pictures will have to suffice.
So first up, we have a look at Mia Wasikowska in “Madame Bovary.” This latest iteration of the Gustave Flaubert classic is from director Sophie Barthes (“Cold Souls“), who will once again tell the tale of gorgeous farm girl Emma, who marries up a doctor but seeks out happiness in various extra-marital dalliances. Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller co-star. No date for this one yet.
Meanwhile, the Oscar bona fides are already in play for Angelina Jolie‘s “Unbroken.” WWII story? Check. Script from celebrated writers, i.e. the Coen Brothers? Check. Christmas Day release date next year? Check. And Universal is getting the word out early, showing behind-the-scenes snaps of Jolie hard at work on the movie. What’s it about? Well, it’s an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Garrett Hedlund, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro, Alex Russell and Miyavi star.[Entertainment Weekly]