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Old 10-11-2003, 21:37   #1
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Thumbs up Black Dahlia - A DePalma film...?

From the Guardian (in turn reported from Screen International)


Brian De Palma is to direct The Black Dahlia, a film version of the classic James Ellroy novel. Screen Daily reports that it seems De Palma will be directing Josh Harnett in the starring role.



All well and good (great match of subject and director) - but... Harnett?
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Old 10-11-2003, 23:37   #2
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Oh no, not Hartnett

David Fincher had been attached to this for ages.
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Old 11-11-2003, 03:41   #3
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I would have loved to have seen what Fincher could do with this book. As it stands, a wooden actor and a (IMO) 'hit-and-miss' director - the book deserves better!

Let's hope Hartnett drops out to do 'Hollywood Homicide 2' or something...
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Old 11-11-2003, 04:14   #4
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Its my favourite book, so I know I'll se it anyway - I'll reserve judgement 'til then.

Who knows, it could be just what the two of them need to get them back on track.
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i wonder if anybody will ever try and adapt 'American Tabloid'
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:07   #6
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Well I'll have to agree I'm somewhat worried about this - besides Hartnett as an ugly ex-boxer? Wouldn't be my first choice TBH - though I assume he's been given to them because of the studio suits wanting him it...

To be fair, I wasn't expecting much from LA Confidential based on the director and was pleasently surprised by the end result (though I still think it could have been better but that's always something you'll think with an Elroy book).
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Old 11-11-2003, 12:34   #7
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I can see the poster now...

From the director of 'Blow out' and the star of 'Blow dry'.
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Great book. But this looks distinctly unpromising.
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damn shame but hartnett and now mark walberg have been def confirmed as the leads,

on their own i have a mild dislike for both of them but can understand if other people think they are ok - but put them together in the same film and you've got something thats totally unwatchable
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Well Scarlett Johansson as got a lead in it so it's got my money...
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Great. Another Marky Mark movie.

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Old 30-01-2004, 13:31   #12
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What an insult putting Mark Walberg in a film like this. The Black Dahlia, Ellroys first novel of the LA Quartet, is a very personal one for Ellroy as his mother was murdered in not too dissimilar circumstances. LA Confidential was an excellent adaptation with great actorrs. When is someone going to realise that Mark Walberg is an insult to acting ??? I feel sick. HE CAN NOT ACT.

(NB not many people know that LA Confidential was actually the third out of four books)
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Sorry, but Hartnett as a tough boxer? A slight breeze will knock him sideways.

To put it in perspective, this casting is nothing compared to anything that Sean Connery has been in (the same accent regardless of whether he's meant to be American, English, Egyptian, Russian or Austrian) and Tom Cruise's casting in Interview With The Vampire (Cruise - a tall, handsome sex god of a vamp? I think not...)
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He's far superior in my eyes as a hired director than as a writer/director - where I find him a laughable rip-off artist (not everyone's opinion). The three 'not-written-by' DePalma flicks from the 80's that I've seen are relatively solid. Scarface - classic, Casualties of War - very good, The Untouchables - great in parts with some very dodgy moments. But skip forward to the 90's and his last five not as the sole writer/director - it's a depressing list. One great film (Carlito's Way), three duds (Bonfire of the Vanities, Mission:Impossible and Mission To Mars) and another apparent dud (Snake Eyes) which the reviews put me off. So it's a very dodgy strike rate. And now he has presumably strong source material, but two of the worst actors currently working (40 Days & 40 Nights and The Italian Job had leading men who looked completely out of their depth). The signs don't look too good from here.
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Quote:
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...three duds (Bonfire of the Vanities, Mission:Impossible and Mission To Mars)...

Mission Impossible is a superior (if slightly sacriligeous) re-working of a fine TV show. Comparison with it‘s sequel shows just how bad it could have been in the hands of a director who just didn’t get it.

Looks like he‘s not going to be laying those misogynist accusations to rest anytime soon:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0369025/
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