Elmore Leonard has revealed that Morgan Freeman is interested in starring in a movie adaptation of his recent novel Djibouti. Speaking at a Q&A for his TV series Justified, Leonard said that Freeman and Sandra Bullock are being sought for roles in the adaptation, which will be written by Graham Yost.
“We’re trying to get my new book Djibouti [made as a film]. Morgan Freeman likes it a lot. In fact, I even thought of him while I was writing it,” Leonard said.
The 85-year-old author noted that Samuel L. Jackson, whose film Jackie Brown is based on his novel Rum Punch, has already turned down a part in the film: “I sent it to him, and he called me up and said, ‘I’m not the star of this’. I said, ‘Yes, you are. You don’t look like you’re the star, but you’ve got all the [good] lines, so you’ll be the star’.”
Leonard continued: “For the girl, [Morgan] wants Sandra Bullock. And Graham Yost, who’s the head writer on Justified, did a Sandra Bullock movie, Speed. He doesn’t think that will help him any! But we want him [and] he’ll be the screenwriter.”
Djibouti, published in 2010, centres on documentary filmmaker Dara Barr as she teams up with a 72-year-old African American seafarer, Xavuer LeBo, to shoot footage of pirates hijacking merchant ships. [DigitalSpy]
Added over 70 HQ pictures of Sandra on set of her new movie “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”. The production are being done in New York and Sandy looks pretty different wearing a wig.
Sandra Bullock walks to the set of her film Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close in a pair of Ugg boots on Tuesday (March 22) in New York. She was joined on set by her on-screen husband and son, Tom Hanks and Thomas Horn, who filmed a scene at a park.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close follows a 9-year-old boy (Horn) who searches for the key to the mysterious lock left by his father (Hanks) who was killed in the September 11th attacks.
Finally I added pictures of Sandy appearance last August 29 in New Orleans, on occasion of fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. As many of you may know, Sandy, a part-time New Orleans resident, donated money to help rebuild the school and to open a student health clinic. She appeared at weekend events to pay tribute to those behind the hurricane recovery effort.
Public Appearances > Appearances in 2010 > August 29th – Warren Easton Charter High School In New Orleans
For more information about the school and to donate to ongoing efforts, go to the Warrant Easton Charter Foundation.
And in another set of mugginess, what is happening with the Be the One, Restore the Gulf campaign? It is looking as if Bullock and friends were duped by Big Oil.
Reports are now suggesting a connection between the campaign to save the region and BP. What is going on behind the scenes here? In a post at Huffington Post. It seems Sandra was alerted about the campaign ties, and her representatives will ask for her participation on PSA be removed:
Ms. Bullock was originally contacted through her attorney to be a part of the PSA in order to promote awareness of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At no time was she made aware that any organization, oil company or otherwise had influence over Women of the Storm or its message. We have immediately asked for her participation in the PSA be removed until the facts can be determined. Her commitment to the Gulf region has been apparent for many years and she will continue to pursue opportunities that will bring awareness and support to the plight of the Gulf region.
Much like the Gulf Coast, Sandra Bullock certainly knows a thing or two about being blindsided.
The Oscar winner has joined forces with the likes of Blake Lively, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews and other famous folks to encourage others to sign a petition demanding that leaders take the necessary steps to restore and protect the Gulf Coast in the wake of the recent oil spill.
“What can you offer?” asks Sandra. “Your voice. Speak up.”
Sign it. Share it. Be the One. Visit restorethegulf.com to add your name to the petition demanding complete restoration of America’s Gulf.
It’s nice to be wanted. Confirming what E! Online’s Marc Malkin reported back in March, the Proposal costars Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds are set to reunite for Most Wanted, an action-comedy from the screenwriter who brought them together in last summer’s romcom hit.
And the hook this time?
Taking their mature funnylady meets hot younger guy act on the road, the caper follows a criminal suspect (Bullock) who’s escorted to court by an FBI agent (Reynolds) only to find the pair ambushed along the way and forced to go on the run. Hilarity ensues of course, not to mention the obvious sparks.
Guess last night’s kiss at the MTV Movie Awards with Ryan’s missus, Scarlett Johansson, really got Sandy in the mood?
Proposal scribe Peter Chiarelli sold the pitch to Universal Pictures for $1 million and the studio is is in talks with that film’s director, Anne Fletcher, about coming aboard. Reynolds will also executive Most Wanted with his Dark Trick Films partner Jonathan Komack-Martin.
This will be the second romantic-themed flick the thesps will have coupled up for, following such modern big screen pairings as Richard Gere and Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman and The Runaway Bride) and Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (Joe Vs. the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail).
Sandra have four very interesting projects in the pipeline. She’ll probably star (and be listed as a producer) on all four and two of them are being produced through her production company, Fortis.
Here’s the list:
“One of the Guys”: a romantic comedy about a tomboy guy’s gal (Sandra Bullock) who makes her BMFs uneasy when she starts to act more like a girl than a guy.
“The Sprinkler Queen”: Sandra may play a Hollywood female agent who tracks her AWOL action star back to his small Wisconsin town to lure him back to work.
“Kiss & Tango”: Sandra may play a woman goes to Argentina, falls in love with the culture and an Argentinian man and finds herself.
“Jingle”: Santa’s nastiest elf is left behind at a spoiled brat’s house and has to reform the kid in order to get back to to the north pole. We presume she may play the kid’s mother?
Source, with a video discussing the next steps on Sandy’s career, made by ET
Added a second batch of pictures from last night, including mq and hq, also some Razzie ones (thanks to Paula).
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