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Director Marc Forster To Helm Late Stanley Kubrick Civil War Drama ‘The Downslope’

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Academy Award winner (and 13x nominee) Stanley Kubrick is well deserved of his reputation and stature as one of Hollywood’s most celebrated filmmakers. He passed away in 1999, but his long-standing legacy included such films as A Clockwork Orange (1971), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Full Metal Jacket (1987), The Shining (1980), and his last film with Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Eyes Wide Shut (1999), all of which he wrote and produced himself. Now, 16 years after his death, Kubrick’s storytelling will be able to reach modern audiences in the form of a new film trilogy by director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster’s Ball) called The Downslope. The script for Downslope was actually written by Kubrick back in 1956 and revolved around a feud between Union General George Armstrong Custer and Confederate Colonel John Singleton Mosby and his Mosby’s Rangers, who time-and-again succeeded in raids and surprise-attacks against the much larger Union militants. Forster will actually be developing a trilogy of films following Kubrick’s script, which he developed over several years with historian Shelby Foote while researching Custer and Mosby, even drawing up maps and details of the battle scenes and how he would have filmed it. Obviously Kubrick, himself, never ended up making the movie, but considering his extensive work in its production, Forster should be able to get pretty close to his original vision, only with modern filmmaking technology. Information on a release date or casting is not yet available, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news. Stay tuned!

Universal Looks To Damien Chazelle To Direct Neil Armstrong Biopic ‘First Man’

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A new biographical film based on the life of Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is in the works from Universal studios, and it looks like they’re interested in having writer/director Damien Chazelle (Whiplash, Grand Piano) head up the project. The film will be titled First Man and based on the book First Man: A Life of Neil A. Armstrong by author James Hansen (The Pepsi Signs, A Difficult Par: Robert Trent Jones Sr. and the Making of Modern Golf). Hansen’s book obviously covers much more material than what can fit into a feature-length film, so it is not exactly clear if the movie will go as far back as the astronaut’s time in the Navy and go up to the Apollo 11 mission that saw him reach the moon, or go from that point and extend further into his later years, but whatever the case it should turn out to be a good watch. Screenwriter Josh Singer (Fringe, The Fifth Estate) will be adapting the book for film, but director Chazelle may not be immediately available to helm this project owing to his already busy schedule, but we’ll see how this one turns out. We’ll keep you posted.

Director Tate Taylor To Lead ‘In The Event Of A Moon Disaster’

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William Safire, a Pulitzer Prize winning author who also served as speech writer for President Richard Nixon in the late 1960s, regretfully passed away back in 2009, but he left us some interesting material from that era of history that saw the Civil Rights Movement, anti-Vietnam protests, and the rock-n-roll fueled British Invasion that brought The Beatles and The Rolling Stones to the American counterculture. A speech by Safire was discovered upon his death, entitled “In The Event Of A Moon Disaster,” which was written for President Nixon in the event that the 1969 Apollo 11 mission that took Neil Armstrong to the moon did not go according to plan. Now the screenplay, which was black-listed back in 2011, is being picked up by director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) for a feature-film. Former journalist Mike Jones, who wrote the screenplay, will be working with the director on the film, which they hope to be filming early next year.

Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly Reunite For New Comedy ‘Border Guards’

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Step Brothers and Talladega Nights comedy duo Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly are reuniting for another feature length comedy with director Adam McKay, who directed both Step Brothers and Talladega, as well as Anchorman 1 and 2. The new project is entitled Border Guards from a script by Oscar nominated screenwriter Jesse Armstrong (In The Loop, Four Lions). The story circles around two friends who decided to join the border patrol on the US/Mexico border who end up on the wrong side of the fence with no papers or documents and must sneak back across the border themselves. The project will be put out through Sony Pictures and Gary Sanchez Productions.