"A Texas Funeral"; O'Trojan Horse; Kaufman, Wright and de Sade
Compiled by Kevin Dreyfuss
>> Berliner and Paramount Classic Move Forward with "Passion"
Newbie indie distributor Paramount Classics will wrap production this month
on their first feature, "Passion of Mind," with Alain Berliner ("Ma Vie en Rose") on
board to direct a script by uber-scribe Ron Bass ("Rain Man," "My Best Friend's
Wedding"). The film is financed and produced by Lakeshore Entertainment, with
Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg and longtime Berliner collaborator Carole Scotta
("Ma Vie en Rose") on as producers, and Bass executive producing. The film is
romantic thriller concerning double identity, as two identical women thousands
of miles apart dream so intensely of each other's lives that the border between
dream and reality begins to fall apart. Demi Moore ("Disclosure") stars in the
lead dual role, alongside Stellan Skarsgard ("Insomnia"), William Fichtner ("The
Underneath"), Sinead Cusak ("Waterland") and Peter Riegert ("Hi-Life"). The
film has been shot on location in New York, Paris and the South of France.
>> Herron finishes "A Texas Funeral"
Also wrapping production soon is writer/director Blake Herron's ("Liebstod")
film, "A Texas Funeral." Set in 1960's Texas and shot on location in Austin,
the dark comedy concerns a fractured family reuniting for the particularly
raucous funeral of the family patriarch. The cast list includes Jane Adams
("Happiness"), Olivia d'Abo ("Kicking and Screaming"), Chris Noth (TV's "Law &
Order"), Robert Patrick ("Copland"), Martin Sheen ("The American President"),
Isaiah Washington ("Bulworth"), Joanne Whalley ("Trial by Jury") and Grace
Zabriskie ("My Own Private Idaho"). Damian Jones and Graham Broadbent of
Dragon Pictures produce, with J&M Entertainment executive producing.
>> O'Trojan Horse
Michael Wiese, well-known publisher of independent film books and former
executive with Showtime and Vestron Video, is making his directorial debut
with the upcoming "Helen O'Troy." Currently prepping for a summer shoot in
Ireland, the film is a romantic drama about a love triangle among friends and
stars Anne Archer ("Fatal Attraction"), alongside Irish actors Brian Murray
("Casualty") and John Gunnery. The film is being produced by Wiese, financed
by a combo of private investment, British tax scheme money and Irish
government funding, and is currently seeking a distributor.
>> Kaufman, Wright and de Sade
A feature film version of Doug Wright's Obie-award winning play about the
Marquis de Sade, "Quills," finally seems to be in the offing for a Spring
shoot, with Philip Kaufman ("Unbearable Lightness of Being") directing
Wright's screen adaptation. According to Daily Variety, Kaufman will most
likely take the helm on the Fox Searchlight production, directing for the first
time since "Rising Sun" in 1993. Both the play and the film deal with the
battle of wits and wills between de Sade and a brilliant young priest during his
stay in an insane asylum, and tackle issues of censorship and perversity with a
darkly comic flair.