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John Carter from Mars Gains Chabon as Scribe

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For reasons unknown but, I’m sure, understandable, I rarely take too much notice of the posts on agency movements on Nikki Finke’s blog. However, thanks to Brendon Connelly over at /Film, I must now purchase a reasonable size cloth to wipe the egg from my face. Finke’s pointed out in the past week that Chabon, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, has been tapped to do some writing revisions on the script for John Carter from Mars, the first live-action effort coming from Wall-E director Andrew Stanton.

This has now been confirmed by fansite The Amazing Website of Kavalier and Clay which managed to get the truth from the proverbial horse’s mouth. Chabon said he had been hired to do “some revisions” on the current script written by Mark Andrews and Stanton, described by Chabon as “already strong”. He goes on to say: 

“I wrote my original screenplay The Martian Agent back in 1995 because I wished I could do [Edgar Rice] Burroughs’s Barsoom. So this is pretty much a dream come true for me.”

This is suddenly shifted into gear to a very highly anticipated, if somewhat far-off future project. Stanton’s presence as director already intrigues, as do his statements of intention, while any chance to view the Pixar directors moving into live-action cinema must be met with, at bare minimum, a healthy curiosity. To have Chabon now working on the crew seems a coup, especially given his above stated love for the material. His work on Spider Man 2 was pretty marvellous from what I can gather and was a key driving force behind the quality of that movie.

Chabon himself has recently seen his Mysteries of Pittsburgh adapted and finally making it to DVD screens across the land, although seemingly with a minor, but still galling, level of failure. His Wonder Boys was taken on in the early part of the millennium and made into a very decent movie with Michael Douglas while Kavalier and Clay, easily his most celebrated work, is a long-gestated project in Hollywood (and had been under the dispiriting control of Reader-director Stephen Daldry) which may never make it to the screen, although doing justice to the novel would prove difficult anyway (mini-series?). Probably next will be the Coen brothers’ version of his The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, a quirky Jewish-angled take on the hard-boiled private eye pulp novel.

Back to the key issue though, John Carter from Mars sounds pretty marvellous so far, even though we won’t see it until 2012. For my money, it’s always worth getting excited about anything which could involve a Pixar directing genius and one of the best authors of his generation. Don’t you agree?

Photo from here.

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BAFTA Predictions

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So, here in print, are our predictions for this year’s BAFTAs. Please check out the podcast in which we discuss what you will find here. Also, here is the full list of nominations for your perusal.

Best Picture – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, Milk, The Reader, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Slumdog Millionaire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: Slumdog Millionaire

Best British Film – Hunger, In Bruges, Mamma Mia, Man on Wire, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Man on Wire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: Slumdog Millionaire

Best Director – Clint Eastwood (Changeling), David Fincher (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Ron Howard (Frost/Nixon), Stephen Daldry (The Reader), Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire)
Sam: Danny Boyle
Beth: Danny Boyle
Tom: Danny Boyle

Best Actor – Frank Langella (Frost/Nixon), Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire), Sean Penn (Milk), Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler)
Sam: Mickey Rourke
Beth: Dev Patel
Tom: Mickey Rourke

Best Actress – Angelina Jolie (Changeling), Kristin Scott Thomas (I’ve Loved You So Long), Meryl Streep (Doubt), Kate Winslet (The Reader), Kate Winslet (Revolutionary Road)
Sam: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Beth: Kate Winslet (The Reader)
Tom: Kate Winslet (The Reader)

Best Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr (Tropic Thunder), Brendan Gleason (In Bruges), Philip Seymour Hoffman (Doubt), Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight), Brad Pitt (Burn After Reading)
Sam: Heath Ledger
Beth: Heath Ledger
Tom: Heath Ledger

Best Supporting Actress – Amy Adams (Doubt), Penelope Cruz (Vicky Cristina Barcelona), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Tilda Swinton (Burn After Reading), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler)
Sam: Penelope Cruz
Beth: Marisa Tomei
Tom: Amy Adams

Best Original Screenplay – Burn After Reading, Changeling, I’ve Loved You So Long, In Bruges, Milk
Sam: In Bruges
Beth: Milk
Tom: In Bruges

Best Adapted Screenplay – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, Revolutionary Road, Slumdog Millionaire
Sam: Slumdog Millionaire
Beth: Slumdog Millionaire
Tom: The Reader

Best Foreign Language – Baader Meinhof Complex, Gomorrah, I’ve Loved You So Long, Persepolis, Waltz with Bashir
Sam: Waltz with Bashir
Beth: Persepolis
Tom: Waltz with Bashir

Best Animated – Wall-E, Waltz with Bashir, Persepolis
Sam: Wall-E
Beth: Wall-E
Tom: Wall-E

Orange Rising Star – Michael Cera, Michael Fassbender, Noel Clarke, Rebecca Hall, Toby Kebbell
Sam: Michael Fassbender
Beth: Toby Kebbell
Tom: Michael Fassbender