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.