Saturday, April 23, 2011

More on Stephen Daldry's Extremely Loud...

There has been more casting added to director Stephen Daldry's ( The Reader, The Hours ) new film, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, an adaptation from the 2005 Jonathan Safran Foer's novel. Eric Roth of Forrest Gump and Benjamin Button fame ( just to name a couple ) adapted the script. The film is seeking a 2012 release date.

The story has a main narrator by a nine year old child, Oskar Schell, an intellectually curious and sensitive child of Manhattan progressives. He is vegan, musical (he plays the tambourine), a pacifist, academically inclined, and above all, earnest. Two additional narrators, Oskar's paternal grandparents, tell the story of their childhood, courtship, marriage, and separation before the birth of Oskar's father; much of their story is presented as a series of letters addressed to Oskar or his father.

Tom Hanks ( pictured ) and Sandra Bullock have been casted first for more than 6 months, though the casting got even a little more impressive with long time veteran Max Von Sydow joining the cast, plus other acting luminaries such as James Gandolfini, John Goodman, Viola Davis and Jeffrey Wright. The part of young Oscar will be portrayed by Thomas Horn.

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Started to really pay attention to film ( movies ) what was going on in front of the camera, but more interestingly, behind it as well at about as far back as age 10. Motion pictures ( when good ) are a fascinating medium. All the work and prep that goes into filmmaking. It's an amazing process !