The film industry lost several greats this week — exploitation director Jess Franco and film critic god Roger Ebert. While Hoop Dreams filmmaker Steve James reassures Ebert audiences that he will be finishing his documentary on the Chicago Sun-Times writer — based on Ebert's 2011 memoir Life Itself — news about another late film favorite has surfaced. Hollywood trailblazer Nora Ephron passed away last summer, and THR reports that the screenwriter/producer/director will be the subject of an "intimate portrait" developed by her son, journalist Jacob Bernstein. He'll direct and coproduce Everything Is Copy, which is being planned for release through HBO.
The Sleepless in Seattle and You've Got Mail filmmaker is usually associated with her 1990s slate of neurotic romantic-comedies, but the playwright and novelist saw a late-career resurgence with the Meryl Streep-starring film about Julia Child, Julie & Julia, and her 2010 book of essays I Remember Nothing: And Other Reflections.
For those of you new to Bernstein, his New York Times Magazine remembrance of his mother is a lengthy, but touching tribute that shares Ephron's final observances with humor and grace. The play Berstein mentions, Lucky Guy, recently debuted on Broadway with Tom Hanks playing New York journalist Mike McAlary. Ephron started writing the play in 1999. Time praised Ephron's "genuine love of her subject and her solid grounding in the nuts-and-bolts details of the world she chronicled." The same could be said for most of her works.