James Mangold Will Be ‘Seducing Ingrid Bergman’
James Mangold Will Be 'Seducing Ingrid Bergman'
…and then there were three. Photographer Robert Capa has been a subject that Hollywood has been trying to crack for years. Michael Mann has had a long developing project about the man, Tom Hiddleston and Hayley Atwell were linked to another movie titled “Close Enough,” but nothing has been heard about that one since 2013, and now James Mangold has a movie brewing.
The Wrap reports that the filmmaker will direct “Seducing Ingrid Bergman.” Penned by Arash Amel (“Grace Of Monaco“), the 2014 Black List script is based on the novel by Chris Greenhalgh, and follows Capa’s romance with the famed actress. Here’s the book synopsis:
June 1945. When Ingrid Bergman walks into the lobby of the Ritz hotel in Paris, war photographer Robert Capa is enchanted. From the moment he slips a mischievous invitation to dinner under her door, the two find themselves helplessly attracted. Played out against the cafés and nightclubs of post-war Paris and the parties and studios of Hollywood, they pursue an intense and increasingly reckless affair.
But the light-hearted Capa, who likes nothing more than to spend his mornings reading in the tub and his afternoons at the racetrack, is not all that he seems. And Ingrid offers the promise of salvation to a man haunted by the horrors of war, his father’s suicide, and the death of a former lover for which he blames himself. Addicted to risk, Capa must wrestle his devils, including gambling and drink, and resist an impulse to go off and photograph yet another war.
Meanwhile, Ingrid, trapped in a passionless marriage and with a seven-year-old daughter to bring up, must court scandal and risk compromising her Hollywood career and saintly reputation if their love is to survive. With their happiness and identities at stake, both Capa and Ingrid are presented with terrible choices.
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“The Deep Blue Good-by” was supposed to be Mangold’s next project, until an injury to lead actor Christian Bale, wound up cancelling the movie. And with “The Wolverine 3” slated to start shooting in January, it’s doubtful that “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” will roll first, so we could still be waiting a while for a Robert Capa story to hit the big screen.