The last time Robert Duvall and Tom Cruise appeared on screen together was in 1990's Days of Thunder, but the two will reunite in Paramount Pictures' adaptation of One Shot, based on the novel by author Lee Child.
Cruise plays Jack Reacher, a former Military Police Officer-turned-drifter, who investigates the deaths of five individuals at the hands of a lone sniper. Variety reports that Duvall has a small but "significant" role in the movie, particularly to Reacher's story line.
Cruise was a surprising choice to play Reacher, whom Child has used in 15 different novels (One Shot is the ninth in the series). Described in the books as 6'5" and 250 pounds, let's just say that Cruise isn't quite there physically, but as Child recently told Empire "which actor does match Reacher physically?" (Thor's Ray Stevenson, for the record, is our answer.) Furthermore, the author explained, "the movie is not going to match the book anyway." Child talks One Shot, Goodman Boards Flight, and Jacki Weaver Takes Out her Playbook >> Posted 09.29.11 by Ryan
Scott Cooper, an actor before he began writing screenplays, has made his writing and directing debut with Crazy Heart. The movie tells the story of a down-on-his-luck country singer (Jeff Bridges) and the journalist (Maggie Gyllenhaal) who tries to steer him toward salvation. Cooper, who adapted the screenplay from Thomas Cobb's novel, told ComingSoon that reading the novel inspired him to become a screenwriter.
I always wanted to tell the story of Merle Haggard who's probably the poet laureate of country music and for whatever reason I couldn't tell it because he had a lot of ex-wives and the rights issues were an issue. So, I recalled the novel and I felt like, "Wow, I can tell Merle's life story; I can tell Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristopherson's all at once and use it through this character." That's how it was adapting. Of course, I've never written a screenplay or adapted anything and as I was doing this, I wrote it for Jeff Bridges who is also a singer and a songwriter. He had the carriage and the physicality that I wanted and the fact that he's among the best American screen actors doesn't hurt.
Bridges' performance has drawn almost unanimous praise, and so far has garnered Bridges a Golden Globe Nomination. However, it was Robert Duvall's appearance in the movie that helped newcomer Cooper get Crazy Heart made the way Cooper wanted.
Posted 12.17.09 by Ryan
Well, after I finished the screenplay I sent it to my mentor, Robert Duvall, he and I have acted in three movies together and this is our fourth collaboration. I sent it to him, and hesitantly because of course, he won the best actor for Tender Mercies. He read it and said, "Scott, I love it. Let's make it. Well, what do you need?" I said, "There's two things I have to have to make this film and if I don't get them I shouldn't make it. One is Jeff Bridges of course and the other is [musician] T-Bone Burnett." It was critical because if you don't have that musical component, your movie's not gonna work.
Any time that you send a script with Robert Duvall's name on it, people are gonna read that first, trust me. He was very instrumental because he's putting his reputation and his name behind me as a first time writer and director, and he did it without any questions. Or at least he didn't question me about it. He felt it was time for me to step behind the camera.
Variety reports that Dimension Films has pushed back the release date for The Road to November 25. The movie, which stars Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron, was originally scheduled for an October 16 release.
Dimension head Bob Weinstein said the date was moved back in order to position it for Golden Globe contention, dispelling the notion that the studio pushed back the release due to worries about how the audience would receive it.
We've been getting great audience reaction at Venice and Telluride.... We feel that this is a commercial film that's worthy of a wide release.
The Road tells the story of a father (Mortenson) and his son wandering south across a post-apocalyptic America, largely devoid of plant and animal life, where many people have turned to cannibalism. Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce also star.
The script from Joe Penhall is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote the fatalistic No Country for Old Men. Behind the camera is John Hillcoat, the Aussie who brought Nick Cave's fantastically dark Western The Proposition to cinematic life. Posted 09.09.09 by reelz
Cinema Blend has just posted five extended clips from The Road, which stars Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron. For those unfamiliar, the story involves a father (Mortenson) and his son wandering south across a post-apocalyptic America, which is largely devoid of plant and animal life, thus turning many people to cannibalism.
The movie promises to be a dark, emotionally charged affair. The script from Joe Penhall is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote the fatalistic No Country for Old Men. Behind the camera is John Hillcoat, the Aussie who brought Nick Cave's fantastically dark Western The Proposition to cinematic life.
The folks at Cinema Blend seem very excited by these clips, giving them very high endorsements. As a result, we're excited too, and we can't wait to get a look at this movie, which promises to be pretty amazing both dramatically and stylistically. The Road, due in theaters October 16, also stars Robert Duvall and Guy Pearce. Posted 09.04.09 by reelz
Dimension Films has just released a new trailer for The Road, starring Viggo Mortenson and Charlize Theron and based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men).
The trailer makes the movie look like a bad combination of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later, M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, and Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds. However, the novel is nothing like this, and the movie is directed by John Hillcoat, the Aussie who brought Nick Cave's fantastically dark Western The Proposition to cinematic life. So we're hopeful The Road will be nothing like the unfortunate trailer mishmash.
The movie is due in mid-October and will also star Guy Pearce and Robert Duvall. The story involves a father (Mortenson) and his son wandering south across a post-apocalyptic America, which is largely devoid of life, thus turning many people to cannibalism. Screenwriter Joe Penhall adapted the novel, which won McCarthy a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2007. Posted 05.15.09 by reelz