Jun 25, 2009
From the Internet Movie Database’s entry on The Old Man and the Sea (1958):
In 1952, Humphrey Bogart attempted to purchase the film rights to Hemingway’s novel through his production company, Santana Productions. Bogart identified strongly with the character of the old man and wanted to play the fisherman in the film project, with Nicholas Ray as the director. Unfortunately, the actor was unsuccessful in securing the film rights, and the film wasn’t made until the year following his death, with his close friend Spencer Tracy starring.
Mar 5, 2009
A movie about Ginsberg’s “Howl” is officially underway:
“Howl” is a genre-expanding feature-length exploration of the courtroom drama of the obscenity trial over Allen Ginsberg’s poem, as well as an animated re-imagining of the poem.
James Franco stars as Ginsberg; Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman are directing; Gus Van Sant is co-executive producer.
The Ginsberg Project reports that the film’s animated version of the poem is being done by Eric Drooker, who graphically adapted “Howl” and other works from Ginzy in the book Illuminated Poems.
Feb 4, 2009
The National Post has some ideas about who should play the principal figures in the newly announced biopic of Hemingway.
1. Ernest Hemingway. You need some serious chops to take on the late Hemingway. Full of rage, vulnerability, a man at the end of his rope, and still tugging against it. We need an actor with a few tricks to play. Someone like James Gandolfini. But wait! Check out Gandolfini’s IMDB page, and you’ll see that he has signed on for an “untitled Ernest Hemingway Project” due to arrive in 2011. The plot of this one centres “on the romance between Ernest Hemingway and WWII correspondent Martha Gellhorn, Hemingway’s inspiration for For Whom the Bell Tolls and the only woman who ever asked for a divorce from the writer.” Could this film be one in the same? If not, and Gandolfini is tied up, I’d suggest Robert Downey Jr (aged, of course - but they can do that now!). Or how about William Hurt - he’s got that inner rage thing down pretty good.