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Bay gets ‘Gory’ at Touchstone
By Zorianna Kit
Touchstone Pictures has paid a low six-figure sum for “The Gory Details,” an idea that Topper Lilien and Carroll Cartwright will write for filmmaker Michael Bay to produce and possibly direct.
“Gory” focuses on people who are in the business of crime cleaning — sweeping up the bloody mess left at a murder scene.
Bay Films vp Jennifer Klein brought the idea to Bay and will co-produce. Buena Vista Motion Picture Group’s co-presidents Todd Garner and Nina Jacobson along with senior production vp Mark Varhadian will oversee “Gory” for the studio.
Lilien and Cartwright, repped by the Gersh Agency’s Frank Wuliger, co-wrote the upcoming USA Films’ “Where the Money Is” starring Paul Newman and Linda Fiorentino. The duo also wrote “Dungeons & Dragons,” a live-action version of the popular role-playing game for Sweetpea Entertainment, Silver Pictures and J & M Entertainment, which Warner Bros. will distribute domestically.
Here is a webcam shot of planes (P-40s ?) flying over Ford Island. Click on the image to view a bigger version of it.
Tomorrow is the first of principal photography. So those of you that live in Hawaii (you know who you are), get ready to take pictures like crazy. An e-mail them to email@example.com.
Word has it director-producer Michael Bay and producer Jerry Bruckheimer have tapped the writing duo Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais to do a dialogue polish on some of the scenes involving military exchanges.
The original script was penned by Randall Wallace (Braveheart).
Clement and La Frenais did some uncredited rewriting on Bay’s “The Rock” as well. They also wrote such films as “The Commitments” and 1979’s “The Prisoner of Zenda.”
Much of you have asked who is going to be Michael’s DP (director of photography). Well, for the 3rd time in a row it will be no other than John Schwartzman ASC. One of this site’s readers sent me a tip confirming, and giving some interesting info. Thanks Sean.
” I was at Panavision Woodland Hills on Monday, March 13 for a workshop and our class was interrupted twice because the camera assistant (just in case you don’t know – he’s the guy who checks out all the cameras, does tests, i.e. pre-production camera grunt work… then pulls the focus for the “A” camera on set, among other things) was in a rush to test the anamorphic lenses that they were planning to use for Pearl Harbor. He needed to screen his test shots from Friday and needed to do them immediately because he was concerned about some sort of “bending” on the edges of the picture. We were in the only screening room in the entire building so we were privy to the screening. He then came in a second time when we were at lunch to watch footage which was shot in front of Panavision which was mostly handheld photography involving a guy in full sailor (light brown) uniform and just some other guy in shorts and a white shirt. They were doing swish pans and running with the camera handheld. Apparently the sky matched the faces or the costumes too much (there wasn’t enough contrast, I guess)… soooo… they brought in the head honcho – John Schwartzman to review the test shots…Schwartzman is definitely on board.”
Leland Orser (Wonderland, The Bone Collector) is the latest addition to the growing cast of Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer’s Pearl Harbor project. According to Variety, Orser will take on the role of Major Jackson, a wounded intelligence officer who works with Kate Beckinsale’s Navy nurse character, Evelyn.