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Jonathan Demme Says ‘Zeitoun’ Still Need Financing, Talks Adapting Stephen King's ’11/22/63’

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • June 20, 2012 11:01 AM
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While it might appear that director Jonathan Demme has retreated from the mainstream in recent years, directing a string of documentaries including “Jimmy Carter Man From Plains” and a trio of Neil Young concert films, the director says he’s just been following the projects he finds himself drawn to. “It all depends on what I’m enthusiastic about at the moment, what presents itself,” Demme told The Playlist in an exclusive interview this week. “I love doing fiction. I love doing performance films and I love doing documentaries that don’t have music. I love to shoot and I love to shoot things I’m enthusiastic about.”

Jonathan Demme's Animated 'Zeitoun' Lines Up Financing, Now Aiming To Hit Theaters In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2012 2:42 PM
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One project that has always been at simmering on Jonathan Demme's always busy plate of projects has been an adaptation of Dave Eggers' post-Hurricane Katrina book "Zeitoun." First announced nearly three years ago, the project hasn't had much movement since and Demme has been busy knocking out a number of documentaries including two centering on Neil Young ("Neil Young Trunk Show" and "Neil Young Journeys") in addition to his latest, "I'm Carolyn Parker." But it seems like "Zeitoun" is finally going to be moving forward, as financing has kicked things into motion.

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