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. — ComingSoon.net

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

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).


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