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Discuss: Will Michael Mann & 'Hugo' Writer John Logan's Unmade 1930s Hollywood Noir Ever Make It To The Screen?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 19, 2012 10:17 AM
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The walls of the studio backlots have always been haunted by the films that never made it into production. Whether through design, tragedy or somewhere in between, every great filmmaker and star has at least one project that slipped through the net, films that, had they made it to the screen, might have stood among the classics. Indeed, we've run down through several of the casualties of development hell in the past (part one, part two, part three, part four). Over the weekend, new details of one of the projects we've featured emerged, which made us wonder: might it be one of the few to get a second lease on life?

Screenwriter John Logan Talks Writing 'Coriolanus' With Swagger & Dreaming Up The World Of 'Hugo'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • January 18, 2012 11:56 AM
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It’s no small thing to collaborate with Gore Verbinski, Martin Scorsese or Ralph Fiennes. But to work with all three in the same year, on separate projects, is a truly remarkable accomplishment. And that’s exactly what screenwriter John Logan did in 2011, crafting screenplays for “Rango,” “Hugo,” and “Coriolanus” as a sort of hat trick for a career that’s already been full of spectacular efforts, including “Gladiator,” “The Aviator,” and “Sweeney Todd” among many others.

'Hugo' Writer John Logan To Adapt Broadway Smash 'Jersey Boys' For GK Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 11, 2012 9:41 AM
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For a man whose first big-screen credit came with the Dina Meyer-starring B-movie "Bats," John Logan isn't doing too shabbily. Thanks to script work on "Any Given Sunday" and "Gladiator," he's been one of Hollywood's most in-demand writers for a decade, winning a second Oscar nomination for Martin Scorsese's "The Aviator." And, off the back of his Tony-winning play "Red," had a banner year in 2011, with his name stamped on Ralph Fiennes' "Coriolanus," Gore Verbinski's "Rango" and Scorsese's "Hugo," the latter two of which look set to win him further awards plaudits.

'The Aviator' & 'Gladiator' Writer John Logan Teams With Patti Smith To Adapt Her Memoir 'Just Kids'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 15, 2011 2:19 AM
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It's pretty much impossible to talk about the burgeoning 1970s punk movement in New York City without mentioning Patti Smith, the power of her music and the influence it would have on a generation of artists. But talent and passion isn't created in a vacuum and during Smith's most formative years, she found an emotional and artistic soulmate in photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and together they rose through the early stages of their respective careers together. Smith recently chronicled that relationship in a National Book Award-winning memoir "Just Kids," and now, that story is making the transition to the big screen with some pretty big talent to lend a hand.
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Darren Aronofsky Trying To Set Up $130 Million 'Noah' As His Next Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 8, 2011 1:02 AM
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'Hugo Cabret' Writer John Logan Polishing Script The success of "Black Swan" -- $300 million dollars, a brace of Oscar nominations, including a victory for Natalie Portman as Best Actress -- has finally given Darren Aronofsky serious cache in Hollywood. Not that he hadn't been hotly tipped before -- "The Fountain" was originally a big-budgeted production with Brad Pitt and he'd been courted for the likes of 'Batman,' "Superman," and was even attached to "The Wolverine" until he bailed earlier in the year, no longer needing to do "one for them," having already succeeded in a big way on his own terms.

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