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Leonardo DiCaprio to star in grisly grizzly Western for Inarritu

After collaborating with Martin Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann, Quentin Tarantino, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Nolan, and Sam Mendes in recent years, Leonardo DiCaprio is partnering with another Oscar-nominated director for his next movie project. The five-time Oscar nominated actor will star as 19th-century trapper Hugh Glass in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s adaptation of Michael Punke’s 2002 novel, The Revenant.

Iñárritu and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) wrote the script, which tells Glass’ story of vengeance after he’s abandoned in the wild by his friends and left for dead following a brutal grizzly bear attack. Production is scheduled to begin this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency’s distribution deal with 20th Century Fox.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu in talks to direct 'The Jungle Book' for Warner Bros.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is in early talks to direct a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for Warner Bros. Deadline first reported the news.

The two-time Oscar nominee is best known for directing lyrical adult dramas, including 21 Grams, Biutiful, Amores Perros, and Babel, but seems to be expanding his repertoire lately. Iñárritu is currently in post-production on his first major comedy, Birdman, which stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, and Michael Keaton.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news.

Little is known about the project at this point, but telling the story of the young boy raised in the jungle for a major studio would be another departure for the Mexico City-native. Newcomer Callie Kloves has already written the script, and Harry Potter scribe Steve Kloves is set to produce.


Casting Net: Emma Stone, Michael Keaton, and Zach Galifianakis to star in comedy; Plus Christina Hendricks, Vin Diesel

21 Grams director Alejandro González Iñárritu is trying his hand at comedy, and he’s enlisted the help of a stellar cast, including Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, and Naomi Watts (don’t forget I Heart Huckabees!) to star in his upcoming feature Birdman. The film will follow a once-great actor best known for portraying a superhero (a little close to home for Keaton), who is trying to relaunch his career with a Broadway play. It will apparently take place over three days in one location. Stone will play Keaton’s troubled daughter, Galifianakis will be the play’s producer, and Watts will portray an actress. [THR]

Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks is set to star as Charlotte Douglas in the film adaptation of Joan Didion’s A Book of Common Prayer, directed by Campbell Scott (Off the Map). We’re excited to see Hendricks taking on a complex, serious leading film role, and hope the adaptation does justice to Didion’s book. In addition to Mad Men, returning April 7 on AMC, Hendricks can also be seen in Sally Potter’s Ginger & Rosa (in limited release March 15). [Variety]

Vin Diesel is in talks to star in The Last Witch Hunter – a 2010 Black List script about a witch hunter who partners with a witch to help save New York from evil. Breck Eisner (The Crazies, and also, Michael Eisner’s son) will direct. It sounds silly, but it was a Black List script, and Hansel and Gretel aren’t mentioned, so maybe there’s potential. Diesel’s next movie is Fast & Furious 6, out May 24. [Deadline]

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu plans to direct comedy 'Birdman'

Just a day after the news that Guillermo del Toro is taking his 2006 dark fantasy Pan’s Labyrinth to the stage, another accomplished Mexican director, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, has news of his own: he’s set to direct a comedy called Birdman.

Inarritu has melted down thick emotions in Spanish-language dramas such as 2000′s beautiful Amores Perros (with a breakout performance by Gael Garcia Bernal) and 2010′s Biutiful, and Hollywood dramas such as 2006′s Babel and 2003′s 21 Grams.

Cannes: Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'Biutiful' is bleak, a little inert...and just cosmically tragic enough to win the Palme d'Or

biutifulAt Cannes, there are two kinds of movies that take home the top jury prize, the droolingly coveted Palme d’Or. There are the films that deserve it, like Taxi Driver or The Ballad of Narayama or sex, lies, and videotape or 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days. And there are the movies that achieve a notably facile, Euro-friendly brand of total heaviosity, and are therefore shoo-ins. You probably think that I’m just finding a snarky way to dismiss the Palme d’Or winners I haven’t agreed with. But I’d contend that the celebrated Cannes films in the total-heaviosity category, while acclaimed at the time as deathless works of art, don’t age well. To see what I mean, here’s a list of some of those winners: The Mission, Elephant, Wild at Heart, Farewell My Concubine, Barton Fink, Paris, Texas, and — give it time — last year’s The White Ribbon. Be honest: Are you moved, truly, to see any of those movies again? (I’ve got kind of a soft spot for Barton Fink, but please.) This is the sort of heaviosity that only grows heavier, yet less profound, with the years.

This morning, I saw Biutiful, the new movie by Alejandro González Iñnáritu, a director whose work I have always enjoyed, and admired, tremendously. I was blown away by Amores Perros (2000), thought 21 Grams (2003) was convulsive and powerful if a little pretentious, and got sucked right into the globe-hopping vortex of humanistic strife that was Babel (2006), a movie so middlebrow-liberal and Oscar-ready that it didn’t even win at Cannes. Biutiful, on the other hand, may just come through for Iñárritu, even though I think it’s the first film of his that doesn’t really work. It’s set in one of the scruffiest, most low-rent districts of Barcelona, and its main character — in many ways, its only character — is a vaguely defined underworld operator named Uxbal, played by Javier Bardem, who brings the role every charismatically morose shading of disruption and anger and despair he can. READ FULL STORY

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