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on: September 19, 2017, 01:41:05 PM
Robert Pattinson Talks “F**king Dark” Project With Antonio Campos
via The Playlist

Coming off what are arguably two of the best performances of his career in James Gray‘s “The Lost City Of Z” and the Safdies‘ “Good Time,” Robert Pattinson isn’t changing course. The actor is continuing to chase challenging roles with auteur directors, and his next sounds like it’s going to be another barn burner.

Earlier this year it was revealed that Pattinson was teaming up on an unnamed project with Antonio Campos, the filmmaker behind “Christine,” “Simon Killer,” and “Afterschool.” Now, Esquire has revealed the title of the film is “The Devil All The Time,” and it sounds like the actor is diving into a pretty steamy role.

“There’s this line in it — and sometimes that’s all you need. And it’s like, ‘Ooh… that’s scary to say’. Because it’ll go down in posterity and I’ll be the one saying it. You literally cannot get darker. It’s fucking dark. This character is an evangelical preacher in the South in the Fifties, but he’s gleefully bad and kind of funny and charismatic too. I know, it’s irresistible,” Pattinson explained.

He adds the character might be sexually repulsive and violent too, but that just adds to the appeal of the role. “…you know when actors say, ‘I refuse to play someone who does something bad.’ I’m, like, why? That’s fucking crazy. You can’t do anything bad in your real life. I think if someone needs to play a hero all the time, it’s probably because they’re doing really gross stuff in their real life.”

It all sounds like the film is an adaptation of the book by Donald Roy Pollock, which is set through the 1950s, and also features a preacher alongside a row of oddball characters, in what sounds like a dark and twisted tale. Here’s the book synopsis:

Set in rural southern Ohio and West Virginia, The Devil All the Time follows a cast of compelling and bizarre characters from the end of World War II to the 1960s. There’s Willard Russell, tormented veteran of the carnage in the South Pacific, who can’t save his beautiful wife, Charlotte, from an agonizing death by cancer no matter how much sacrifi­cial blood he pours on his “prayer log.” There’s Carl and Sandy Henderson, a husband-and-wife team of serial kill­ers, who troll America’s highways searching for suitable models to photograph and exterminate. There’s the spider-handling preacher Roy and his crippled virtuoso-guitar-playing sidekick, Theodore, running from the law. And caught in the middle of all this is Arvin Eugene Russell, Willard and Charlotte’s orphaned son, who grows up to be a good but also violent man in his own right.

Production will reportedly start by the end of the year, and between this and Clare Denis‘ “High Life,” it looks like we have plenty to look forward to from Pattinson.


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Reply #1 on: October 16, 2017, 03:30:24 PM
Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article
via Deadline

EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer.

It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a person can’t even buy property without proof that they talk to the dead. Cynical about the prospects of the spirit world, the temptation of contacting his dead son leaves the reporter vulnerable to something much more dangerous than the dead.

JT Petty wrote the original draft.

Fox Searchlight developed the film and will distribute. Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment are producing the project along with Denise DiNovi, while David Greenbaum and DanTram Nguyen will oversee production for Searchlight.

Campos, who serves as an executive producer on the Jessica Biel-starring USA Network drama, The Sinner, is repped by UTA.


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Reply #2 on: November 21, 2019, 04:44:08 PM
Harrison Ford to Star in ‘The Staircase’ Series Adaptation for Annapurna TV
via Variety

Harrison Ford could soon be taking on the first regular television role of his career.

Variety has learned exclusively from sources that the iconic movie star is attached to star in a series adaptation of “The Staircase,” the docuseries that detailed the trial of American novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2001. Peterson claimed his wife died after falling down the stairs at their home, but police suspected he bludgeoned her to death and staged the scene to look like an accident.

The project is currently being shopped to networks and streaming services. Ford is attached to executive produce the series in addition to starring. Antonio Campos will write and executive produce, with Annapurna Television producing. The docuseries was originally released in 2004, with creator Jean-Xavier de Lestrade updating with new information years later. Netflix released it as a 13-episode series in 2018.

I didn't like the treatment the West Memphis Three case got in 'Devil's Knot', but this one has all the ingredients for a great script just waiting there for the taking, and I'd be really surprised if they didn't do it, or already have it in the works right now with John C. Mcginley as Michael Peterson.

God, that would be such perfect casting...