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    Nicolas Cage to star in 9/11 movie


    16:52 AEST Sat Jul 9 2005
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    Actor Nicolas Cage will star as a real-life policeman who survived the collapse of the World Trade Centre in what will be one of Hollywood's first films to dramatise the September 11 attacks on America.

    Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone is on board to direct the untitled movie, which centres on the story of the last two men - a pair of New York Port Authority police officers - rescued from the rubble of the twin towers, Paramount Pictures said.

    The two officers, John McLoughlin and William Jimeno, sold their life rights to the studio, providing the basis for the original screenplay by relative newcomer Andrea Berloff.

    Cage, who won an Academy Award for Leaving Las Vegas, will play McLoughlin. No other casting decisions have been made, Paramount said.

    The studio has given producers the go-ahead to begin work on the film, getting an apparent leg up on another 9/11 feature in development at rival Columbia Pictures.

    Columbia announced in February it had optioned screen rights to 102 Minutes, a book by two New York Times reporters chronicling the interval between the crash of the first hijacked airliner into the World Trade Centre and the collapse of the first tower.

    No director or actors have been signed to the 102 Minutes project, but Columbia has received a first script draft by Billy Ray, the writer and director behind Shattered Glass, according to Hollywood trade paper Daily Variety.

    Word that Paramount had a film in the works dramatising the 9/11 attacks came a day after London was rocked by a series of deadly bomb blasts that renewed anxieties about terror threats.

    A studio insider said the timing of its announcement was less than "ideal", precipitated only because Variety broke the story in its Friday edition.
    The fact that at least two major studios have embraced the subject of 9/11 marks a huge shift in Hollywood's attitude toward depiction of the suicide hijackings that claimed nearly 3,000 lives and prompted the US global war on terrorism.

    In the immediate aftermath of the attacks, studios and broadcasters steered clear of any themes considered evocative of the tragedy. The trend has gradually swung the other way.

    Until now, stories about 9/11 have remained the province of film and TV documentaries, television dramas, or in big-screen fiction like Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds featuring 9/11-like imagery.

    The American TV network ABC is planning a miniseries drama based on the 9/11 Commission Report, the best-selling official government account of events surrounding the attacks.

    Rival network NBC recently pulled the plug on a similar project.



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    Geez. We knew it would happen sooner or later... but I was guessing later....

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    Ollie Stone, yes.

    But I don't know. I really do not want a purely hollywood production of 9-11.

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    Oh boy oh boy! I hope there'll be explosions and car crashes and sex scenes and more explosions and cliched dialogue and slow-mo martial arts scenes and lots of CG visuals! THAT's what this story REALLY needs to make sure it'll sell. Nicholas Cage don't fail me now.....

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    There's enough footage of the real thing to make a movie truly ghoulish.

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    Its too soon. Mark my words, the victim's families will protest and petition this movie and it will never see the light of day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stern
    Its too soon. Mark my words, the victim's families will protest and petition this movie and it will never see the light of day.
    Hell, we should all be protesting. Absolutely no regard for the people involved, people who are still picking up the pieces after losing loved ones.

    I think this shouldn't be happening for another 30-50 years minimum. Movies about (for ex.) Pearl Harbor and the Titanic were just made within the last few years, well removed from the actual event.
    And it makes me sick to think about a film like that being made about 9/11, complete with love story and some other irrelevent subplot.

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    Chances are good that Oliver Stone won't be inserting gratuitous love scenes into this one. But chances are just as good that he won't get a warm reception from the media.

    Stone's recent "Alexander" was killed by the US press before it even opened. I thought it raised some pertinent issues regarding Imperialism and Conquest; the parallels to US / Iraq were apparent without hitting you over the head. Admittedly it's not a great film, but the first 2/3 had some terrific stuff. (The final 1/3 was a mess when Stone tried to express the downfall / disintegration of Alexander.)

    Perhaps it's not so surprising that "Alexander" did much better box office around the world than it did in the US:

    Domestic: $34,297,191 20.5% + Overseas: $133,300,000 79.5% = Worldwide: $167,597,191

    On WW2 films: films were made about various battles all through the war, and continued to be made through the 40s, 50s and 60s. (Granted they weren't too objective -- but the films were made.)

    Finally, I don't think it's too soon to start using cinema to examine 9/11 and it's effects -- some terrific pieces of theatre have come about in the past few years on the subject.

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    Thumbs down

    It comes down to this plain and simple. They are profitting from the disaster. They know quite well that people can't look away from a car crash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bohemian rhapsody
    I think this shouldn't be happening for another 30-50 years minimum. Movies about (for ex.) Pearl Harbor and the Titanic were just made within the last few years, well removed from the actual event.
    The first film about the Titanic was made one month after it sank.
    http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0002475/

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