Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Watch: First Trailer For Gillian Flynn's 'Dark Places' Starring Charlize Theron, Chloë Moretz, And Nicholas Hoult Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman Review: Neill Blomkamp's 'Chappie,' Starring Die Antwoord, Dev Patel, Sigourney Weaver And Hugh Jackman 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes 'Chappie' Actor Admits There Was "Tension" On Set With Die Antwoord's Ninja; Check Out Two New Featurettes Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Actor Contenders 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More 2015 Tribeca Film Festival Line-Up Announced: James Franco’s ‘Adderall Diaries,’ Olivia Wilde In ‘Meadowland’ & More First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' First Look: Joseph Gordon-Levitt As Edward Snowden In Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Drew Goddard To Write And Direct Sony & Marvel's 'The Spectacular Spider-Man'; 'Sinister Six' Scrapped Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2016 Best Picture Contenders Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Original Short Film Version Of 'Whiplash' Starring Oscar Winner J.K. Simmons Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Watch: Nifty Video Examines David Fincher’s Subtle Repetition Of Framing And Blocking In 'Gone Girl' Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Sigourney Weaver Says She'll Be Playing A New Character In The 'Avatar' Sequels Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More Kristen Stewart Joins Kelly Reichardt’s Untitled Montana Drama With Michelle Williams & More 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return 'Prisoners' & 'Enemy' Director Denis Villeneuve To Helm 'Blade Runner' Sequel, Harrison Ford Confirmed To Return The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" "I F*cked It Up": Neill Blomkamp Says He Wants To Go Back To 'Elysium' And "Do It Correctly" The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki

New Regency Picks Up Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes Film After Paramount Exits

The Playlist By Simon Dang | The Playlist September 19, 2011 at 2:04AM

A bit of a sea change is in place for Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes film, his return to the scene after over a decade in the wilderness. After being announced as a Paramount project with studio head Brad Grey expressing their enthusiasm at reuniting with the great actor-director, the partnership has evidently broken down with The Wrap reporting that the project has now been acquired by New Regency.
2


A bit of a sea change is in place for Warren Beatty's Howard Hughes film, his return to the scene after over a decade in the wilderness. After being announced as a Paramount project with studio head Brad Grey expressing their enthusiasm at reuniting with the great actor-director, the partnership has evidently broken down with The Wrap reporting that the project has now been acquired by New Regency.

No details are revealed as to why the switch has taken place though, interestingly, Jeff Wells recalls a comment from producer/journalist Peter Bart (a Paramount exec in the '60s and '70s) who had predicted that Beatty's film "probably won't happen at Paramount" the minute it was announced. Was the partnership doomed from the start? Whatever the case was/is, it's good to see the project picking itself up with New Regency -- a subsidary of Fox, the studio where Beatty's last effort behind the camera, "Bulworth," called home.

Behind-the-scenes drama aside, details about the film remain, for the most part, under wraps. There has been word that “part of the plot involves an affair [Hughes] had with a young woman in the later years of his life" and that it'll depict two time periods character's life but all that's known is that the project has been in the works for over 25 years and is a comedy-drama of sorts with Beatty pulling triple duties as he'll write, direct and star in the project as Hughes. It sounds like a bit of a passion project for Beatty and it comes on the heels of Martin Scorsese's 2005 Hughes film and Christopher Nolan's gestating plans for a Hughes film of his own.

And, as if a return from Beatty wasn't exciting enough, there's already been a string of high-caliber talent linked to Beatty's project with Rooney Mara possibly "locked," with Jack Nicholson, Alex Baldwin, Shia Labeouf, Evan Rachel Wood and, of course, Beatty's partner Annette Benning all also named as potential stars. Fingers crossed, Beatty and the film have a smoother ride from here on in. Production is tentatively slated to begin later this year.


This article is related to: Actors, Film Studios, Paramount


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates