With Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson dropping out of Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic Queen of the Desert, is the project dead?
It’s been in casting hell, but we feel like we are coming out of it now. I think we’re close to making an announcement.
Also Rob signed on to do Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ with Dane DeHaan. In the movie Rob will play Magnum Photographer Dennis Stock.
While promoting Kill Your Darlings at TIFF Dane mentioned the film, saying:
From The Wrap
Dane DeHaan will play James Dean and Robert Pattinson will play Magnum photographer Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” which FilmNation will be selling to international buyers at the Toronto market. “The King’s Speech” producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films. Written by Luke Davies, “Life” follows the friendship that Stock struck up with Dean when he was commissioned to photograph the budding young actor. Production is scheduled to start in February in Canada. CAA is handling U.S. rights. Like Stock, Corbijn is also a celebrated photographer whose visual gifts served him well on films such as “Control,” “The American” and the upcoming thriller “A Most Wanted Man.” “Twilight” sensation Pattinson next stars in David Michod’s “The Rover” and David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars .”
The mystical allure of James Dean continues from beyond the grave: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan have signed up to star in “Life,” which The Hollywood Reporter says is “the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.” DeHaan will play Dean and Pattinson will play Stock (sorry ladies). Noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose last movie was the sorely underrated George Clooney thriller “The American,” will direct. The film is being shopped in Toronto.
The script, by Luke Davies, follows Stock as a young photographer who gets an assignment to shoot James Dean, then a rising star. The pair’s life became intertwined personally and professionally and Stock would end up shooting some of the most iconic photos of Dean, shortly before “East of Eden” cemented his place as a Hollywood icon.
Iain Canning is producing alongside Emile Sherman. Pattinson has a number of exciting projects in the works, including David Cronenberg’s new film “Maps to the Stars,” as well as the post-apocalyptic western “The Rover” from “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod. DeHaan will be in Toronto to promote “The Devil’s Knot,” the dramatization of the West Memphis Three case from director Atom Egoyan, and can be seen next summer in some little art house movie “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Corbijn’s next feature, “A Most Wanted Man,” based on the John le Carre novel and starring Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright, opens in the UK on November 22nd (no domestic release date has been set).
Considering Corbijn got his start as a rock’n’roll photographer, capturing glamorous and gorgeous larger-than-life figures, this should be the perfect material for him.
From The Film Stage
First revealed earlier this summer, Life is a period piece whose drama is deeply rooted in the intertwining worlds of fame and photography, something the helmer is remarkably familiar with. As scripted by Luke Davies, its action centers on the relationship between James Dean and Life Magazine‘s Dennis Stock, the latter of whom had been tasked with capturing the up-and-coming actor less than a year before his rise to stardom and tragic death.
We’ve now got news from Screen Daily on who will take the parts, as Robert Pattinson has signed on for Stock and Dane DeHaan will step into the iconic shoes of Dean. Production is already set for this February in Canada, where we will follow the duo on a road trip. This is another addition to Pattinson’s promising slate of upcoming films, with David Michôd’s The Rover and David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, while DeHaan will be seen in Kill Your Darlings and Metallica Through the Never this fall, ahead of his major turn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan are teaming up to star in Life, the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.
DeHaan will bring Dean to life while Pattinson will portray Stock in the movie being directed by Anton Corbijn.
Iain Canning, who produced the Oscar-winning drama The King’s Speech and the acclaimed Michael Fassbender drama Shame, is producing Life with his See-Saw Films partner, Emile Sherman.
Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean.
The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. During the trip, Stock captured now-iconic images of the actor before he was launched to stardom with East of Eden (1955).
The movie, with a script by Luke Davies and a budget in the $10 million to $15 million range, is eyeing a shoot in early 2014.
Pattinson (WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Sloane Offer) recently wrapped David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars as well as The Rover, the futuristic thriller that also stars Guy Pearce.
EXCLUSIVE: Robert Pattinson will star as Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan will play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life. FilmNation handles international sales and will introduce the script to buyers in Toronto.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman produce with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, marking a post-The King’s Speech reunion between See-Saw and FilmNation. CAA holds US rights.
Luke Davies wrote the screenplay to Life, which chronicles the friendship that ensued when the straight-laced Stock embarked on a road trip with Dean in 1955 for a Life magazine commission.
Filming is scheduled to commence production in February 2014 on location in Canada.
“As an internationally celebrated photographer, Anton Corbijn is the perfect filmmaker to direct Life,” said Canning and Sherman. “Finding the right actor to play James Dean was a big responsibility, but Dane’s body of work has proved what a chameleon he is and what he will contribute to the role.
“Casting Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan brings together two of the most exciting young actors of their generation.”
“We were fortunate to work with Anton on A Most Wanted Man and are thrilled to be a part of his next film,” said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. “His incredible talent combined with the chemistry between Dane and Robert will bring to life the fascinating story of the fast friendship formed at a very pivotal time in Dean’s life.
“The project also marks our re-teaming with See-Saw Films whose impressive track record continuously keeps them a top-player in international film production.”
Pattinson will next be see in David Michôd’s The Rover and starred in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis as well as the Twilight franchise. He recently wrapped on Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars .
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