Four Lions (TBA 2010)
The Talent: Directed by Chris Morris. Written by Chris Morris, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain
The Pitch: The plot’s still sketchy, but Morris is ‘doing’ terrorism, in a satire following four Muslims in Northern Britain as they become radicalised.
The Hook: The mix of Morris and controversy is invariably incendiary (see the Brass Eye Special - really, see it again, it feels more relevant than ever) and with the Peep Show writing duo of Armstrong and Bain behind the words and the wondrous Kevin Eldon onscreen, this has us extremely excited.
Love And Other Drugs (TBA 2010)
The Talent: Directed by Edward Zwick, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway.
The Pitch: Based on the autobiography of a Viagra salesman, Gyllenhaal takes the lead as a pharmaceutical pusher who learns to exploit the heavily-monied corporate slog.
The Hook: Jamie Reidy, the man behind the story, was drug giant Pfizer’s top salesman but also a work-dodging smart-alec. Gyllenhaal has the smirk and spark to pull it off.
Mute (TBA 2010)
The Talent: Duncan Jones will direct, Sam Rockwell will cameo.
The Pitch: Still vague – Jones has called it a “city film” and it’ll be a mystery that takes place in a future version of Berlin.
The Hook: Vibe-wise, Jones has pitched his Moon follow-up as a homage to Blade Runner, and revealed that Rockwell will cameo in a direct continuation of Moon’s stunning ending. Excitement.
Never Let Me Go (TBA 2010)
The Talent: Directed by Mark Romanek, starring Keira Knightley and (sigh) Carey Mulligan.
The Pitch: An unsettling dystopian drama based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel in which Knightley’s young woman meets with two old school friends.
The Hook: The novel is fractured and devastating, the truth of Ishiguro’s future Britain revealed gradually through inference and suggestion. Romanek has the talent and the cast to haul this faithfully to the screen.
Paul (TBA 2010)
The Talent: Greg Mottola directs, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost write and star.
The Pitch: Pegg and Frost’s comic book geeks are on a road trip across the States when they meet an alien called Paul outside Area 51.
The Hook: Pegg and Frost. Frost and Pegg. It’s the first time the two have been onscreen together since Hot Fuzz, and it’s going to be awesome. Probably.
Official site here.
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