Daniel Craig is set to star in The Golden Compass, a film that is hoping to rival Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia.
It’s a big budget adaptation of the His Dark Materials trilogy by British author Philip Pullman. Directed by US film-maker Chris Weitz, the £90 million movie also stars Nicole Kidman and Eva Green among others.
New Line Cinema has set the release schedule for its epic $150m adventure movie The Golden Compass, almost exactly duplicating the rollout of The Fellowship Of The Ring in 2001.
The film is having a major promotional launch today, just as Fellowship did at Cannes 2001, with a press conference and photo call as well as a screening of 20 minutes of footage.
Director Chris Weitz and stars including Daniel Craig, Eva Green and Dakota Blue Richards are all here, although Nicole Kidman is shooting in Australia.
The world premiere will take place in London on Nov 26 followed by the first territorial openings in France and Spain on Wed Dec 5 and in Germany and Holland on Thursday Dec 6.
The rest of the world, including North America, opens on Dec 7, except Italy which goes one week later on Dec 14 and Australia on Dec 26. Japan will open three months later on March 1. Those openings were the same for Fellowship.
Source: Screen Daily
Just as it did with its Tolkien tale, the studio offers just a peek at “Golden Compass.’
By John Horn, Times Staff Writer
May 21, 2007
CANNES, France — There’s no denying that Hollywood worships sequels. New Line Cinema has taken the love affair one step further: It’s cloning not a movie, but a movie launch.
For the second time in six years, the studio has come to the Cannes Film Festival with a few minutes of an unfinished film in tow. It’s to prove, yet again, that New Line not only hasn’t trampled a beloved piece of fantasy literature, but also has turned out an impressive epic. The drill turned out beautifully with 2001’s sneak peek at “Lord of the Rings” footage. But can lightning strike twice with “The Golden Compass”?
In the works for six years, “Compass ” represents what New Line — and writer-director Chris Weitz — hopes will be the first installment in another trilogy of ambitious blockbusters. Like “The Lord of the Rings,” which had a tortuous path to the screen, the first movie adapted from Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” books did not coalesce easily. And as was true with New Line’s choice of Peter Jackson to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Golden Compass” represents a steep wager on a counterintuitive filmmaking choice.
Weitz is moving from alternately crude and clever comedies (“American Pie,” “About a Boy”) to an epic, effects-laden children’s adventure, set to open Dec. 7.
Read the rest of the article at the Los Angeles Times website.
Eva won’t be doing:
# The Happening by M. Night Shyamalan
# The Historian
# The Rum Diary by Bruce Robinson
# L’Ennemi public n° 1 and L’Instinct de mort – the two films based on the true story of Jacques Mesrine, France’s public enemy No. 1 during the 1970s
# Therese Raquin
# Underworld 3
# Wonder Woman
# Les Femmes de l’Ombre by Jean-Paul Salomé
# Two films that aren’t listed anywhere and that don’t seem to exist but that some guy posted about on IMDb.com some time ago: Cell 57 and Meathanne
It’s true that she was in talks for a few of these roles, but she wasn’t even offered some of them. It’s incredible how rumours start!
What’s true so far is that Eva signed to star in Franklyn opposite Ewan McGregor, Paul Bettany and John Hurt. She’ll join the cast of Mr Nobody if her schedule allows her. But there’s nothing sure because it’s a question of timing. She’ll also be part of the two following installments of the His Dark Materials trilogy if they are made. She’s been attached to The Nazi Officer’s Wife and In The Country Of The Last Things in the past. Even though she was definitely interested in them, these films were lacking financement. We aren’t sure if they’ll be made. If they are ever made, it’s possible that Eva will already be attached to a new project at the time, but it’s also possible that she won’t and will be able to act in them. That’s all for now.
Please be warned that this isn’t official yet. I’ll keep you posted. Let’s wait and see. I don’t want to spread false rumours. What is true so far is that Eva is interested in this project, but let’s see if she’ll able to do it because she has Franklyn in the works and the main problem seems to be a question of timing.
Thanks to Lorna for the scan.
According to today’s Daily Mail, “Eva Green, still hot from Casino Royale, will star with Sarah Polley and Jared Leto in director’s Jaco Van Dormael’s film Mr Nobody, a tale that spans different time zones of the 20th and 21st centuries. Juno Temple, a beguiling young actress who will be seen in Joe Wright’s Atonement and the new St Trinian’s movie, plays a younger version of Eva’s character. Filming begins on locations in Canada and Belgium in June.”
Sarah Polley and Jared Leto are already both confirmed. Of four main roles only two have been cast. Polley portrays Elise, the wife of the character played by Leto.
Here’s a short translation made by myself of the film’s plot:
# Based on the book by Belgian director and screenwriter Jaco Van Dormael (As far as I know it’s only available in French.)
# Nemo Nobody, born in 1972, strongly believes that he’s still 35 when he wakes up as an old man in the year 2092. At 120, Mr. Nobody is both the oldest man in the world and the last mortal of a new mankind where nobody dies anymore. But that doesn’t seem to interest or bother him very much. The only questions that preoccupy him in the present is whether he lived the right life for himself, loved the woman whom he was supposed to love, and had the children whom he was meant to have . . . and not the others, all of the other lives, all the other possible women. As a young boy, at a train station, he had to choose in which direction to go: into the arms of his mother or the arms of his father. At that prophetic moment, they all separate and Nemo Nobody still doesn’t know the right answer. His entire life is based on indecision. We will follow Nemo Nobody in all of his adventures — experienced or dreamt, real or imagined…
Quote: “In life, there are two tragedies. One is to never achieve our dreams. The other is to achieve them.”
A phrase to retain: “As long as we don’t choose, everything is possible.”
# Mr Nobody is inspired by the “butterfly effect” – the chaos theory notion that the beat of a butterfly’s wings can cause a storm thousands of miles away.
# Nemo is 35. He leads an ordinary existence at his wife’s side, Elise, and their 3 children until the day when reality slips away: billboards start addressing personal messages to him; he stumbles on unknown people who strangely look like him… Nemo wakes up. He is drowning in the middle of a lake. He wakes up again, facing a stranger who shoots him in the chest. He wakes up again on the edge of a swimming pool at a splendid villa, with a new wife and new children that he doesn’t recognize. Is it still a dream?
# Van Dormael will be making his English-language feature debut.