Beatty’s Back

I just read this article in the guardian and I am genuinely excited by this. I love Warren Beatty movies, they are always interesting and he is without a doubt one of the most fascinating men in Hollywood. I really enjoyed reading Peter Biskind’s biography of him last year. I bought it on the day of release and had it devoured in about 3 days. If you haven’t read it hunt it down, its great but before you do that try to watch as many Beatty movies as possible. ‘Reds’ and ‘Shampoo’ are two of the greatest movies ever made, ‘Bonnie and Clyde’, ‘Mickey One’, ‘The Parralax View’, ‘Bulworth’ and ‘McCabe and Mrs Miller’ aren’t bad either. I was certain after ‘Town and Country’ we had seen the last of him. So this is really great news, that being said, given his notoriously difficult nature, we could be waiting a while for this to come out.

Here’s the article…

Warren Beatty will emerge from a 10-year hiatus to direct and produce an untitled comedy for Paramount Pictures. Beatty was last seen on-screen in the 2001 flop Town and Country, which earned back just $10.3m (£6.3m) of a reported $90m budget. The film is now regarded as the second biggest money-loser in cinema history after The Adventures of Pluto Nash, a sci-fi comedy starring Eddie Murphy.

Now 74, Beatty made an acclaimed acting debut in Elia Kazan’s 1961 romance Splendor in the Grass and went on to star in Bonnie and Clyde, The Parallax View, Shampoo and McCabe and Mrs Miller. He made his directing debut with 1978’s Heaven Can Wait, won the 1982 best director Oscar for his political drama Reds and scored a box office hit with his comic-book adaptation Dick Tracy in 1990. The unnamed comedy, which Beatty has also scripted, will be his first outing as a director since Bulworth back in 1998.

“Warren’s script is quintessential Beatty, elegantly written and wonderfully entertaining,” enthused Paramount chairman Brad Grey. “It is our privilege to have one of the great artists in the history of cinema come home to Paramount.” Beatty previously collaborated with the studio on Heaven Can Wait and Reds.

Production on Beatty’s comedy begins later this year.