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IN THE WORKS: Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, Christ the Lord, Shyamalan's 1000 A.E. with Smith, Kravitz & Okonedo

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood December 6, 2011 at 1:44PM

Director Bruce Beresford ("Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding," "Driving Miss Daisy") will direct "Taliesin," about one dramatic event in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Writer Nicholas Meyer centers the script on the events surrounding the home the architect built (Taliesin) for himself and his mistress, former client and married woman Martha "Mamah" Cheney. She, her two children and four others were murdered in 1914 while Wright was away: a domestic worker locked them inside, set fire to the home and attacked them with an axe. Beresford tells THR that the "very good script" covers only a small section of the architect's life and "doesn't whitewash him into some sort of saint." Beresford also notes its odd that there has never been a feature about him, though Ken Burns made a documentary in 1998, "Frank Lloyd Wright." The director has an actor in mind but is keeping the name to himself for now.
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Taliesin - Spring Green, Wisconsin
Taliesin - Spring Green, Wisconsin

Director Bruce Beresford ("Peace, Love, & Misunderstanding," "Driving Miss Daisy") will direct "Taliesin," about one dramatic event in the life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Writer Nicholas Meyer centers the script on the events surrounding the home the architect built (Taliesin) for himself and his mistress, former client and married woman Martha "Mamah" Cheney. She, her two children and four others were murdered in 1914 while Wright was away: a domestic worker locked them inside, set fire to the home and attacked them with an axe. Beresford tells THR that the "very good script" covers only a small section of the architect's life and "doesn't whitewash him into some sort of saint." Beresford also notes its odd that there has never been a feature about him, though Ken Burns made a documentary in 1998, "Frank Lloyd Wright." The director has an actor in mind but is keeping the name to himself for now.

- M. Night Shyamalan has nabbed one of the few remaining movie stars, Will Smith, to star in "1000 A. E." Additionally, Jaden Smith is set to star alongside his father, and Zoe Kravitz and Sophie Okonedo are in talks to join them. In the sci-fi film, humans can no longer live on Earth.  Father and son -- a former hero and failed warrior, respectively--crash land on the planet and the son must save his father. Kravitz and Okonedo are sought to play the daughter and wife. We're a bit surprised it isn't a family affair with Jada Pinkett-Smith and Willow Smith on board. Shyamalan wrote the script with Gary Whitta ("The Book of Eli") and Stephen Gaghan ("Traffice," "Syriana"). Columbia plans to shoot early next year.

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

- Anne Rice's thoroughly researched 2005 novel, "Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt," has been acquired by 1492 Pictures and CJ Entertainment. Told from the POV of seven-year-old Jesus, the story follows the boy from his home in Egypt to Nazareth as he discovers the truth of his birth and the purpose of his life. Rice asked Cyrus Nowrasteh to direct after she saw his film, "The Stoning of Soraya M." Whoever lands the role of Jesus will have some mighty big shoes to fill.


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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.