Movie News in 60 Seconds: Tom Hanks Might Play Walt Disney; Gemma Arterton, ‘Wright’ Girl; Outcry About Treatment of Doc Filmmaker

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Tom Hanks Might Play Walt Disney; Gemma Arterton, ‘Wright’ Girl; Outcry About Treatment of Doc Filmmaker

Apr 10, 2012

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Saving Private Poppins: Disney, the studio, has finalized its deal to acquire Saving Mr. Banks, an acclaimed script by Kelly Martel detailing the 14-year negotiation by Walt Disney, the filmmaker and executive, to acquire the rights to Mary Poppins from author P.L. Travers. Tom Hanks (pictured above in Saving Private Ryan) is now “getting serious” about playing Disney, the legend, and Emma Thompson might play Travers. There’s no update about a previous report suggesting John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) might direct. [Deadline]

Who’s Wright?: In development for three years, The Wright Girls is moving forward with word that Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, The Prince of Persia: Sands of Time) is in talks to star in one of the two lead roles. Described as a “dark comedy-thriller,” it’s “inspired” by 2LDK (2003), a savagely bloody Japanese black comedy that pitted two actresses  against each other in the ultimate catfight, a battle waged within their shared apartment. What made the original funny was the outrageous escalation into violence; producers of the remake, however, are courting a specialist in teen-friendly comedy, Andy Fickman (Who’s the Man, The Game Plan), to direct. [The Hollywood Reporter]

U.S. vs. U.S.: Filmmaker (and U.S. citizen) Laura Poitras says she has been repeatedly detained for hours by the Department of Homeland Security almost every time she has tried to re-enter the U.S., ever since the release of her Academy Award-nominated My Country, My Country in 2006, the first of a planned documentary trilogy on U.S. foreign policy. She completed the second film (The Oath) to general acclaim, but has been hampered in her efforts to finish the third entry. Film organization Cinema Eye is protesting her treatment. [Salon / press release via Movie City News]
 

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