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In Development: Knightley and Wright for Anna Karenina, Moses to Rise Again And Again

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2010 at 5:00AM

News to inspire remake support: Keira Knightley could follow in Greta Garbo's footsteps and play the lead in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The screenwriter is Tom Stoppard and the director is Joe Wright, who arguably gets the best from Knightley (see Pride and Prejudice and Atonement). It's Working Title's project; they expect the script by Christmas. They will then consider, according to London's Daily Mail: "several scripts destined for Wright, including one by Abi Morgan based on The Little Mermaid fairy tale, ‘and we’ll decide what looks like the most sensible thing to do.’" Let's see both!
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News to inspire remake support: Keira Knightley could follow in Greta Garbo's footsteps and play the lead in Tolstoy's Anna Karenina. The screenwriter is Tom Stoppard and the director is Joe Wright, who arguably gets the best from Knightley (see Pride and Prejudice and Atonement). It's Working Title's project; they expect the script by Christmas. They will then consider, according to London's Daily Mail: "several scripts destined for Wright, including one by Abi Morgan based on The Little Mermaid fairy tale, ‘and we’ll decide what looks like the most sensible thing to do.’" Let's see both!

In the meantime, there's good advance buzz on Wright's spy thriller Hanna, starring Saorise Ronan as a Femme Nikita-style assassin, due in April, and Knightley has a slew of enviable projects coming up and in the works (none of which have release dates).

There's Last Night (with Sam Worthington [in his first romantic outing since breakthrough Somersault], Eva Mendes and Guillaume Canet); FilmDistrict's London Boulevard (from The Departed writer - and now director - William Monahan, co-starring Colin Farrell); David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (with Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel); The Emperer's Children (from writer-director Noah Baumbach, co-starring Eric Bana, Michelle Williams and Richard Gere); and in development, an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender Is the Night, to which Matt Damon is also attached.

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- Another (very) old story will be retold again...and again. Vulture reports that two Moses/Exodus films are in the works. First, Warner Bros. has producers Dan Lin (The Departed) and Matti Lesham working on an epic take on the Israelites' leaving Egypt with writers Stuart Hazeldine and Michael Green, simply titled Moses. Second, Twentieth Century Fox ex-chairman-turned-producer Peter Chernin is developing on an untitled project written by duo Bill Collage and Adam Cooper (New York Minute--starring the Olsen twins--as well as the upcoming Moby Dick). Who will direct and star in the two films? No word yet, but finding the right stars to play Moses won't be easy. Michelangelo's version, pictured, sets a high standard. So does Charleton Heston.


Moses Parting The Red Sea

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This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Daily Read, David Cronenberg, Remake, Period, Drama, Books, Classics, Keira Knightley, Matt Damon, Colin Farrell, Viggo Mortensen, Warner Bros./New Line, Twentieth Century Fox


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.