DAILY NEWS: Soderbergh in Production; and Sundance Channel Buy
by Eugene Hernandez and Brian Brooks/indieWIRE
>> Soderbergh Shooting "Full Frontal" for 2002 Release
(indieWIRE/11.15.01) -- Steven Soderbergh's latest project, "Full Frontal,"
a modern comedy starring David Duchovny, Nicky Katt, Catherine Keener, Mary McCormack, David Hyde-Pierce, Julia Roberts and Blair Underwood is currently in production in Los Angeles, the film's distributor, Miramax announced yesterday. In a discussion this summer with indieWIRE's Anthony Kaufman, the Oscar-winning director said the picture "will combine the energy of "Schizopolis" with the narrative coherence of "sex, lies."
Soderbergh was referring to his earlier projects, the experimental
"Schizopolis" (1996) and "sex, lies and videotape," (1989) which won him
the Palme d'Or in Cannes as well as an Oscar nomination for Best Screenwriter. The filmmaker described his current project in a previous prepared statement as "a sex comedy" and "the unofficial sequel to 'sex, lies and videotape.'"
Production on the film, originally titled, "How to Survive a Hotel Room
Fire," began November 6th and is scheduled to last 18 days. Miramax
is planning to open the movie in early March, 2002.
Soderbergh won the Best Director Academy Award earlier this year for
"Traffic." His gangster comedy remake, "Ocean's Eleven," is scheduled for
release by Warner Bros on December 7th starring George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts. The original 1960 film directed by Lewis Milestone featured a Rat Pack lineup including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., and Peter Lawford. [Brian Brooks]
>> Sundance Channel's Buys "Margarita"
(indieWIRE/11.15.01) -- Ilya Chaiken's "Margarita Happy Hour," which debuted at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival, has been acquired by Sundance Channel. The movie will debut on the network early next year as part of the "Inside: Sundance Film Festival" program.
Describing the movie in a prepared statement, Chaiken said, "The characters
represent the artist/slacker contingent of New York City, which revolves so
much around clinging to the delusions of carefree youth. Suddenly they find
themselves in new and uncomfortable skins. I wanted to portray a 'mom'
character in a different light than we're used to seeing, as a young woman
undergoing physical, practical and spiritual transformation."
The film was written and directed by Chaiken, produced by Michael Ellenbogen
and Susan Leber, and it features Eleanor Hutchins, Larry Fessenden (Habit), Holly Ramos, Barbara Sicuranza, Amanda Vogel, Macha Ross and Kristin Dispaltro. [Eugene Hernandez]