Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Clooney To Direct Giamatti, Pine and Seymour Hoffman in 'Farragut North'

I say to you tree-readin' suckas: George Clooney directing Paul Giamatti, Chris Pine and Philip Seymour Hoffman in a 04' Demo election campaign trail film? Yezir!

The film will be based off the LA play by Beau Williamson Farragut North and if the actor's sign up, they could be shooting by next February. (Whiz Khalifa voice) Okkkaaaaaayy!

But wait! There's more!

Farragut North was born out of Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign for the Presidential nomination. Author Beau Williamson worked Dean’s campaign, and set his play in Des Moines, Iowa, kicking off just before the Iowa caucuses and following the political maneuvering and backstabbing undertaken to score a nomination for one Democratic candidate.

Stephen Meyers is the up-and-coming political mastermind who Pine played reportedly wonderfully in LA production last year. So that's his role in thew film as well. Phily C has took the role of Meyer's veteran boss on the campaign trail. Brad Pitt once had that one, but he forced out due to scheduling conflicts. And that's the real reason and not the excuse the industry uses to paint over drama they want to conceal. 

Giamatti is the campaign manager of the opposing candidate. More good news, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood are also in talks to snap up two female roles in this. Rachel Wood would be playing a a young intern with which Pine's character starts a relationship and Tomei would be playing an investigative journalist. 

This isn't one of those heavy-left-wingers out of Hollywood, this is a play/film about power and corruption, manipulation and hopefully some appropriate comedy.
"The official synopsis is as follows:
Set against the backdrop of a close presidential race, Stephen is a young press secretary working for a fast-rising candidate. With confidence and power beyond his years, he’s convinced that he and seasoned campaign manager, Paul, can steer their team into the west wing without breaking a sweat. But before the polls close at the primaries, Stephen’s perceived invincibility is shattered as he falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran operatives and the wiles of a seductive young intern. With quick-witted banter and an inside look into the world of politics, Farragut North is a timely tale of hubris, loyalty and the lust for power."
I love the plot, the cast, the director, everything. Here here to Oscar bait and the hallmark of the year this film bows, hopefully late next year with a Feb start. Mos def be keepin' you posted on this one.

Munki very pleasantly out.

P.S. Aren't my photos cool? Yes they are and they do take a second or two to put together. 

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