Newsbites: Claudius! Oz! Iron! Lantern! Aronofsky! Munich!

Time for a few quick updates.

1. Jim Sheridan — the Irish director of My Left Foot (1989), In the Name of the Father (1993), In America (2002) and the upcoming remake of Susanne Bier’s Brothers (2004) — is looking at another possible remake: a big-screen adaptation of I, Claudius, the Robert Graves novel that was previously turned into a famous BBC mini-series in 1976. Josef von Sternberg also tried to make a big-screen version of this story starring Charles Laughton in 1937, but the project was cancelled in mid-shoot for various reasons. Sheridan will write the screenplay for the new version with longtime collaborator Nye Heron. — Hollywood Reporter

2. Natalie Portman has directed a couple of short films so far, and now she has plans to make her first feature — in Hebrew! Portman, who was born in Jerusalem, plans to direct an adaptation of Amos Oz’s memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, “set in Jerusalem’s war-torn streets of the 1950s and 1960s.” — Variety

3. Jon Favreau has plans for not just one, but two, sequels to Iron Man. He also has some thoughts on Marvel’s plans for an Avengers cross-over movie, and the “challenge” of ensuring that “tech-based” characters like Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk will feel like they’re in the “same world” as the more supernatural or mystical characters like Thor. —

4. Green Lantern is in rewrites. — MTV Splash Page

5. Darren Aronofsky, out promoting The Wrestler and celebrating his film’s recent victory at the Venice Film Festival, talks a bit about his plans for RoboCop and Noah. — SlashFilm

6. Former Czech president Vaclav Havel and director Milos Forman — a fellow Czech who won Oscars for directing One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) and Amadeus (1984) — are “working on a screenplay about the Munich Agreement in 1938 and Hitler’s annexation of the Sudetenland, a point in history seen by some as having parallels with Russia’s recent invasion of Georgia.” The screenplay will be based on Georges-Marc Benamou’s Le Fantome de Munich. — Variety

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About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his award-winning film column for that paper, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He has also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004), Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005) and The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (De Gruyter, 2016).