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May 17th
07:03 pm
Deadline talks to Lee Daniels at Cannes  
Pete Hammond of Deadline spoke to Lee Daniels about The Paperboy at a Cannes buyers party hosted by exec producer Avi Lerner. Excerpts:
An Oscar nominee just over a year ago, director Lee Daniels (Precious) was in Cannes yesterday talking up his latest film, The Paperboy, a thriller that is sort of an arty cross between Basic Instinct and Body Heat which he starts shooting in New Orleans in July with Matthew McConoughey, Zac Efron, Tobey Maguire (in a bad boy role) and Modern Family's Sofia Vergara...

Daniels said the film came about only after he spent a year post-Precious trying to get his film, Selma off the ground only to see it collapse just as it was nearing production. Daniels told me with all the Oscar success of Precious, not to mention his own Directing and Best Picture nomination that he thought getting projects rolling would be a snap. Not so. He says it is as hard as ever but now is extremely happy things have fallen into place for this film which likely will be aimed for a summer 2012 release...

Daniels says the movie is a wild ride, completely unexpected with roles that are unlike any these actors have played before.

If Tobey is in a 'bad boy role', that is probably not older brother Ward. Which means maybe Matthew is playing Ward, though I just feel like he's too old. Who knows, lol... all just guesses for the moment and we'll find out sooner or later.
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butterflybee260: raised eyebrowsbutterflybee260 on May 18th, 2011 01:06 am (UTC)

I'm really confused as to what this is actually about lol.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 18th, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
From what I understand, it is about brothers Ward and Jack James. Ward is a reporter for The Miami Times and Jack was a college student who gets kicked out of school and goes back home and delivers paper for his dad who runs the local paper.

Ward shows up in town along with his writing partner Yardley at the behest of a woman named Charlotte to investigate the perhaps unfounded conviction against Hillary, her recent fiance, who supposedly killed the local sheriff.

They hire Jack to drive them around and Charlotte helps them too, having collected lots of details of the trial, etc.

That's the basic setup and probably as far as I should go since idk how they'll change it or anything.
butterflybee260: om nombutterflybee260 on May 18th, 2011 01:41 am (UTC)

Okay that makes more sense, ty
Troll St. Trollglamour_addict on May 18th, 2011 01:10 am (UTC)
im pretty sure matthew is ward... i read somewhere of casting rumors for this movie not too long ago, that had bradley cooper as ward and alex pettyfer as zacs role. so it makes ense.
hunny miss (aka lets fead him to the gators)ehs_wildcats on May 18th, 2011 01:14 am (UTC)
i know, but the age difference just throws me so much! bradley is only 36, whereas matt is 41...and i feel like matt has been showing his age more recently. but i do think that if tobey is a bad boy he's either yardley or hillary, which leaves matt as ward.
Isabelabelaserpa on May 18th, 2011 02:17 am (UTC)
wait, hillary is a guy? lol
I'm really confused about this movie!
Bee: Zac – 4th July - in front of roadjeezbee on May 18th, 2011 01:13 am (UTC)
I liked that we got a bit more info here. Good to hear that they bascially sold most territories; that along with the way Nu is talking it sounds like they have financing in place and a greenlight by now.

Timing is tight but I think it can work out with the Bahrani movie which makes me very happy.
redundancy is not elaboration: (ac) zac | detailsthelightisdim on May 18th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
I'm glad they are going to start shooting in July and, if things work out, I think he will do Bahrani's movie right after, right? And then a little promo for NYE and maybe TLO's promo (if it really gets released january/february) and finally for The Lorax.

I think he won't do much for NYE or Lorax but I'm glad he will be busy for about an year :)) And then promo for Paperboy.

werk it.

Edited at 2011-05-18 01:31 am (UTC)
annabelle83 on May 18th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Aren't Charlie Countryman and Die in a Gunfight supposed to be filmed later this year? If things go as originally planned, he will be extremely busy. I'm sure at least one of them will get pushed to next year though. Zac better be enjoying his little break now!
redundancy is not elaborationthelightisdim on May 18th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
Yeah, they are but since they weren't confirmed yet, I'm not sure when this will happen.

And lets not forget that next year they have to start with Snabba Cash too. This was the deal, right? I remember April 2012 being the ~limit... I think he will have to drop DIAG or Countryman (I really want SC to happen).

All of a sudden everything is happening for Zac lol

Edited at 2011-05-18 03:16 am (UTC)
annabelle83 on May 18th, 2011 03:25 am (UTC)
I have never had a doubt about Zac's career. I wasn't even disappointed with him doing The Lucky One and New Year's Eve, to be honest. I think both will do good at the box office. TLO may sound like another cheesy romance, but it has much more marketable factors than Charlie St. Cloud. And Zac de-prettifying himself and playing a Marine, may win some new fans.

As for DIAG, I really want it to happen. It'll be the first film from his production company. Hope everything turns out the best for him!
MirandaZanessaFan2010 on May 18th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
This makes me more excited for this movie, now I just need to read the book. Zac is about to be really busy. I'm glad Zac is getting a break now because in a few months he's about to be very very busy.
MirandaZanessaFan2010 on May 18th, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Also, Zac is headed back to New Orleans. I love that he's filming in the South again. Just more chance for me to meet him :)
annabelle83 on May 18th, 2011 03:04 am (UTC)
It's little confusing. I've been reading reviews for the book, and they say it's a journalism thriller. I don't really see how this movie is going to be a sexy thriller. I have to read the book first, I guess.
It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 18th, 2011 03:31 am (UTC)

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It's Audrey not Aubreyaudrey_za on May 18th, 2011 03:37 am (UTC)
(Don't be scared C, it's not a gif, but that image is from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwF1ZbzavrU at :26)