Filmmaker Lord David Puttnam says money is stifling creativity in the movie business, and Netflix is partially to blame.
The streaming giant is expected to spend £10 billion on original content in 2018,attracting big names like Ryan Murphy, the Obamas, and David Letterman with huge deals, but Puttnam says this is putting the cart before the horse.
“There is a lot of money sloshing around the industry at the moment and I think it’s become quite incontinent upon entry.,” Puttnam, who won the Best Picture Oscar for Chariots of Fire, tells Yahoo Movies UK.
A musical about the great Temptations is headed to Broadway. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations, directed by Des McAnuff and produced by Ira Pittelman and Tom Hulce, will begin performances at the Imperial Theatre in spring 2019.
Producers describe the show as the “story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal,” all playing out against a backdrop of civil unrest and set to Temptations classics like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” the title track and many more of the group’s 42 Top Ten hits (a tally that includes 14 songs that topped the charts).
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Ain’t Too Proud is the electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one. The rest is history — how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the United States fell into civil unrest. This thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and so many more.
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London-based Saudi philanthropist and film producer Hani Farsi is venturing into TV production with two projects for high-end series, one on the advent of jet-set society and the other on Winston Churchill’s adventures as a young war reporter.
Through his Corniche Pictures, Farsi has optioned rights for the books “Swans —Legends of the Jet Society” by British journalist Nicholas Foulkes and to “Winston Churchill Reporting” by Simon Read. He intends to adapt both these properties into high-end series for which his company intends to fully finance development and a pilot episode. They are now in early development.
Read the full article from Variety.
There are always more windmills to tilt cameras at when it comes to Terry Gilliam’s Don Quixote.
Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote is in a kind of show business hell. A deeply personal movie to the director, as all his films are – this is no journeyman helmsman, it’s been in the works since 1989. In the time it’s taken to make this movie, two movies about the making of it were made. The first, Lost in La Mancha from 2002, was a brilliant study of a failed production told in sad physical comedy. The team behind that film will continue the tale of the film and the director in the new documentary He Dreams of Giants.
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The story behind “The Man Who Killed Don Quixote” and its impact on director Terry Gilliam will be revealed in the new documentary “He Dreams of Giants,” a film-behind-the-film from the same team that made 2002’s “Lost in La Mancha,” an earlier look at Gilliam’s disaster-plagued movie.
U.K.-based Quixote Productions, Fulton and Pepe’s Low Key Pictures, and Corniche Pictures are producing “He Dreams of Giants.” Lucy Darwin produces alongside Fulton, and is in Cannes talking to sales agents about the film, which is being edited. Ari Ioannides exec produces and provided the funding for “He Dreams of Giants” to go into production.
Read more on the film at Variety.
Gilliam has wanted to make a Don Quixote film since 1989 – in 2015 he unveiled this quote from the novel for a Valentine’s Day celebration in Edinburgh (Credit: Getty Images)
He’s been trying to make an adaptation of Cervantes’ novel for over 20 years. After stunning setbacks, it’s about to make its debut, writes Nicholas Barber on the BBC Culture website.
Film producer turned politician Lord David Puttnam has called on filmmakers to tackle populism, media homogeneity and ‘fake news’ through politically and socially-minded movies and TV series. Oscar-winner Puttnam, producer of The Killing Fields, Chariots of Fire and Midnight Express, was speaking yesterday at the Estonian EU Presidency Conference in Tallinn.
Fascinating words from Lord David Puttnam featured on Screen Daily.
Given its rather explicit content and the nature of censorship of Indian films, the producers released it at the Wold Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The film got its global release on Netflix earlier this month.
Read the full article from the BBC here.