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Eva Green as Maria Callas, Speculating on New Bond, Movies as Dreamscape

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 21, 2010 at 4:18AM

Welcome back to French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) who is now in negotiations to play Greek opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic from the Italian DeAngelis group and British producing partner Future Films, reports THR. Green also has Perfect Sense, a love story with Ewan McGregor, in post-production, and a remake of Neil Jordan's 1986 Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke in development. Rourke plays the ex-con driver for Green's high-class escort in this thriller, adapted by director Larry Clark and David Reeves.
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Welcome back to French actress Eva Green (Casino Royale, The Dreamers) who is now in negotiations to play Greek opera singer Maria Callas in a biopic from the Italian DeAngelis group and British producing partner Future Films, reports THR. Green also has Perfect Sense, a love story with Ewan McGregor, in post-production, and a remake of Neil Jordan's 1986 Mona Lisa with Mickey Rourke in development. Rourke plays the ex-con driver for Green's high-class escort in this thriller, adapted by director Larry Clark and David Reeves.

Meanwhile, the next Bond is stalled. While it is still set to star Daniel Craig, Esquire names the men who could (and couldn't) re-invent 007 once again. Could: Christian Bale, Jon Hamm, Guy Pearce, Sam Worthington. Couldn't: Clive Owen ("too cerebral"), Hugh Jackman ("too song-and-dance"), Gerard Butler ("too cheesy"), Jude Law ("too slight"), Shia LaBeouf ("too Shia LaBeouf"). Many of these guys were rejected on the last go-round.

Vulture's Amos Barshad asks "Why Are There No Movies About Regular Dreams"? Filmmakers seem to have much more interest in other people's dreams and nightmares; for Nightmare on Elm Street dreams are a plot device, for Vanilla Sky and What Dreams May Come dreams are seductive but ultimately dangerous, and for Inception dreams are a sophisticated and complex environment for a heist plot, like, say, Venice. So why, Barshad wonders, if films like Inception can be successful, why doesn't someone try to make a film out of 'regular' dreams?

The answer: they would be either too boring or disturbing. In Inception, the threat of being lost in Cobb's subconscious dreamworld for an eternity is just that - a threat. The beautiful thing about using dreams as a device in films is that, when done well, something so seemingly random can be specifically designed to illustrate a larger theme. But please keep your own dreams to yourself. Inception dreamboy Leonardo DiCaprio provides some inspiration in the latest Rolling Stone:

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This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Headliners, Daily Read, Chris Nolan, Thriller, Sci-fi, Biopics, Action, Leonardo DiCaprio


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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.