I'm doing my second post today because I probably won't be able to get to the computer tomorrow, so hope you can survive for a day without me... Anyway, here's the latest news as of ten o'clock Wednesday night. Back on Thursday night.
Zemeckis: Robert Zemeckis has finally chosen his next project, but unfortunately, he won't be in the director's chair. Zemeckis will produce Borgia thru his ImageMover shingle. Borgia will be directed by Neil (Interview With A Vampire) Jordan. Pic is about the Borgia crime family who were once mentioned as the basis for Mario Puzo's epic Godfather series. Cesare, Rodrigo and Lucrezia Borgia were the 15th century equivalent of the fictional Corleone family. The infamously corrupt family took over the papacy in the late 1500's when Rodrigo was named Pope Alexander VI and used the Vatican to run a crime syndicate. Cesare was actually the basis for Machiavelli's The Prince. Should be a wicked film.
Zellweger: Rene Zellweger may reteam with director Neil LaBute who she worked with on the strangely violent Nurse Betty. LaBute will write and direct the new project entitled Vapor. Described as a pygmalion-style love story set in NYC about a struggling artist and the actress he ends up coaching. LaBute has a Gwyneth Paltrow film coming to theaters soon.
Blame Canada: Hollywood players thought they had competition before, but look out... Studio Bromont, a $28 million dollar studio will be built in a former Hyundai factory in the South of Montreal. The 422 acre facility will be converted to 250,000 sq. ft. of stages, a landing strip capable of bringing in a Boeing 737, an auto test track, parking for nearly 2000 cars, two outdoor locations and roughly 100,000 sq. ft. of office space. Just two weeks ago, the mayor of Toronto announced plans to build a one million sq. ft. studio on the Toronto waterfront. In December, renovation and construction began in Montreal on the Cite du Cinema adding four new facilities to the nine they already have! So basically, Hollywood is going to face some serious hardship unless the stateside tax incentives start to count. Gov. Grey Davis has implemented a plan, but it's merits are fairly weak and it won't even go into effect until 2004.
Among the films already shooting Canada:
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney and starring Clooney, Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and Sam Rockwell. Beyond Borders starring Angelina Jolie. Levity starring Billy Bob Thornton and Morgan Freeman.
On their way to Canada are:
Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman for The Human Stain, and Paul Walker for director Richard Donners' Timeline, based on the Michael Crichton novel.
From Somewhere on the Beach... ~Jane Doe