By Peter Knegt | Indiewire August 14, 2009 at 6:55AM
Haynes and Winslet Head To HBO For "Mildred Pierce"
Variety is reporting an intensely interesting development: Todd Haynes will write and direct an miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain's novel "Mildred Pierce," with Kate Winslet attached to star in the role of "a bored housewife who gets into the restaurant business, an enterprise that leads to back-stabbing, romance and murder." Joan Crawford won an Oscar for the film adaptation in 1945. HBO is reported as the lead contender to get the mini, but Variety notes "payweb sources said no deal has been struck." It would be Winslet's follow-up to her Oscar winning performance to "The Reader," and Haynes' to his acclaimed "I'm Not There."
Singer Riding "Battlestar Galactica"
Bryan Singer is set to direct a feature version of "Battlestar Galactica" for Universal. Movieline's Kyle Buchanan isn't exactly keen on the idea. "The most obvious knock against the project is the timing," he writes. "Going ahead with this movie right on the heels of the SyFy television series is bound to confuse audiences, especially the ones who never watched it and won’t realize this is an entirely new conception. Instead, those moviegoers are likely to brush the project off, thinking, 'Sorry, never watched the DVDs. Too late to catch up now.'"
Ferrara To Help Save Cinema Nolita
"Cinema Nolita, one of the only independent videostores left in New York City, was supposed to close down at the beginning of this month, but they’ve managed to stay open and continue to rent movies," Spout Blog explains. And now, the shop needs your help. "Despite its loyal following," Hammer To Nail's Lena Dunham writes, "times are tough and the shop owes eight grand in back rent."
At first it seemed likely the shop's owner Michael Mosley would be forced to sell of the shop's collection of films to pay back the debt. But instead, the shop - with the help of an idea from employee/"The Pleasure of Being Robbed" star Eleonore Hendricks - is holding charitable events in hopes of raising the money to keep Cinema Nolita around. The events kick off Saturday, August 15th at 10pm, with Nolita resident (and Cinema Nolita member) Abel Ferrara appearing in person at Anthology Film Archives to screen "Bad Lieutenant." All proceeds from the $15 dollar ticket will go toward the cause: Save Cinema Nolita!
Scorpio East Rises
Singapore-based distributor and film investor Scorpio East has made a couple of key appointments as it "ramps up its production activity and moves into theatrical distribution in neighbouring Malaysia," Screen International is reporting. “We aim to produce or invest in a total of 3-5 local movies per year, and hopefully at least half of these films will be spearheaded by Sawyam and her team,” Scorpio East COO Lim Teck told Screen.
Alex Holmes To Direct DeLorean Project
Alex Holmes, director of HBO’s “House of Saddam," has been tapped to direct the recently announced John DeLorean feature project for XYZ Films, Time Inc. Studios, and producer Tamir Ardon. The script, which Holmes developed with co-writer Rob Warr, tells the story of how the auto industry maverick's glamorous life came crashing down when he was caught in an FBI drug trafficking sting, only to be acquitted on grounds of entrapment.
“There are other producers out there trying to make a movie about my father,” said Zachary DeLorean in a statement, “but this is the only one I’m standing behind, and the only one the DeLorean estate is allowing.”
Said Holmes in a statement: “As a kid John DeLorean seemed an almost mythic figure to me. His dreams brought him head to head with both the British and American establishment, and they destroyed him. I’m excited to get the chance to make a crime thriller with such a great tragic hero at its heart.”