Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
'The Big Short' Co-Writer Thinks Casting Of Michael Fassbender In 'Steve Jobs' Was "Problematic" 'The Big Short' Co-Writer Thinks Casting Of Michael Fassbender In 'Steve Jobs' Was "Problematic" "Every Line In The Movie I Wrote Myself": Ryan Reynolds Talks Playing Deadpool In 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' "Every Line In The Movie I Wrote Myself": Ryan Reynolds Talks Playing Deadpool In 'X-Men Origins: Wolverine' The 25 Best TV Dramas Since 'The Sopranos' The 25 Best TV Dramas Since 'The Sopranos' Interview: Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Talks ‘The Revenant’, Working With Terrence Malick, Muting The Ego & Much More Interview: Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki Talks ‘The Revenant’, Working With Terrence Malick, Muting The Ego & Much More Watch: Johnny Depp Is Donald Trump In 50-Minute Mock Doc 'The Art Of The Deal: The Movie' Watch: Johnny Depp Is Donald Trump In 50-Minute Mock Doc 'The Art Of The Deal: The Movie' Derek Cianfrance's 'The Light Between Oceans' Starring Michael Fassbender Gets Labor Day Weekend Release Date Derek Cianfrance's 'The Light Between Oceans' Starring Michael Fassbender Gets Labor Day Weekend Release Date 'In Bruges' Director Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Starts Shooting This Spring 'In Bruges' Director Martin McDonagh's 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' Starts Shooting This Spring Disruptors: How Netflix & Amazon Are Creating Greater Tumult In The Independent Film Industry Disruptors: How Netflix & Amazon Are Creating Greater Tumult In The Independent Film Industry "Hated It": Josh Brolin Talks ‘Jonah Hex,’ Says They Reshot 66 Pages In 12 Days "Hated It": Josh Brolin Talks ‘Jonah Hex,’ Says They Reshot 66 Pages In 12 Days The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Berlin Film Festival The 10 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2016 Berlin Film Festival Stay In Your Seats, There Will Be 2 Post-Credit Scenes In 'Deadpool' Stay In Your Seats, There Will Be 2 Post-Credit Scenes In 'Deadpool' New Plot Details Emerge For Claire Denis' Sci-Fi 'High Life' With Robert Pattinson New Plot Details Emerge For Claire Denis' Sci-Fi 'High Life' With Robert Pattinson Leonardo DiCaprio Reteams With 'The Revenant' Co-Writer Mark L. Smith For 'Conquest' Leonardo DiCaprio Reteams With 'The Revenant' Co-Writer Mark L. Smith For 'Conquest' Watch: First Trailer For 'Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates' With Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick & Aubrey Plaza Watch: First Trailer For 'Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates' With Zac Efron, Adam Devine, Anna Kendrick & Aubrey Plaza Review: 'Deadpool' Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, And Gina Carano Review: 'Deadpool' Starring Ryan Reynolds, T.J. Miller, Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, And Gina Carano The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 20 Best Films Of 2015 The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' 21 Movies About Weird, Kinky Or Compulsive Sex 21 Movies About Weird, Kinky Or Compulsive Sex

‘War Horse’ Screenwriter Richard Curtis Talks About ‘Trash,’ A Project For ‘Extremely Loud’ Director Stephen Daldry

The Playlist By Jen Vineyard | The Playlist December 10, 2011 at 8:53AM

Richard Curtis -- who wrote "Four Weddings and a Funeral, "Bridget Jones's Diary" and directed "Love Actually" and "Pirate Radio" -- has much to celebrate with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" hitting theaters later this month, but he's not taking any time off. He's already hard at work on his next adaptation of another children's book by a British author, this time to be directed by Stephen Daldry for Working Title. Andy Mulligan's second novel is called "Trash," but to Curtis, it's pure gold.
1

Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis -- who wrote "Four Weddings and a Funeral, "Bridget Jones's Diary" and directed "Love Actually" and "Pirate Radio" -- has much to celebrate with his adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's "War Horse" hitting theaters later this month, but he's not taking any time off. He's already hard at work on his next adaptation of another children's book by a British author, this time to be directed by Stephen Daldry for Working Title. Andy Mulligan's second novel is called "Trash," but to Curtis, it's pure gold.

"It's a beautiful book," Curtis told The Playlist when in New York this past week to promote "War Horse."

The story concerns three street kids -- Raphael, Gardo, and Rat -- who have no homes, no parents, no money, and no education. They live in an unnamed third world country and survive by picking through a mostly human waste-filled garbage dump on the outskirts of a large city. One day, one of them finds a small leather bag with a wallet with some money and an ID card, a folded-up map, and a key. A police officer offers a reward for this parcel, but that makes them realize something's amiss, and they decide to hang on to it. That decision puts them in danger and they're soon on a mission, having to lie, steal and fight against corrupt forces in both the corporate world and the government.

"I've done a first version of the script," Curtis said, "but it's a matter of time before I'm done. In a funny way, it's a question of how much of the story is the book, and how much is the movie. I have to find the movie, rather than just use the text of the book."

Curtis said that they'll likely cast unknowns to play the three boys, "who will probably not speak English" in the film, but rather, "the language of their place." Since that place is undetermined in the book, the filmmakers are currently trying to decide where in the world to shoot, and that location will help determine casting. "Maybe the Philippines," Curtis said. "We're thinking about that, and it might be there, but we may end up somewhere else." Whichever location they decide, he said, it needs to be near a known city, so it would be reasonable for the kids to think of it as "a brilliant city."

"We need to seem like we're there," he said.

Other parts that would need to be cast include a priest/teacher named Father Jullliard and his naive assistant Olivia. Shooting is expected to start next year.

This article is related to: Richard Curtis, War Horse, Stephen Daldry, Trash


The Playlist

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


E-Mail Updates