While we obsess on the best (and worst) of 2013, here’s a brief sampling of news regarding projects we might be seeing in 2014 (or 2015, or…). First off, the big one. David Lipsky’s book Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip With David Foster Wallace has been adapted by playwright Donald Margulies, and James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) is set to direct Jason Segel as DFW and Jesse Eisenberg as Lipsky in The End of the Tour. Jeff Sneider reports for TheWrap.
Update: The Stranger‘s Paul Constant smells trouble: “Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself is a terrible book. I reviewed it when it came out back in 2010. The book is exemplary of the worst kind of magazine profile writing, in which Lipsky is too obsessed with himself and making sure that he comes across as cool. He seems to miss the point of Wallace entirely while at the same time obsessing over trivial facts about Wallace’s writing. It’s possible that Eisenberg could capture Lipsky’s off-putting neediness and turn his performance into a meta-commentary on the book, but if this production turns out to be a sincere take on Although Of Course, this movie will be very difficult to love.”
Back to TheWrap…
Also: “Sandra Bullock is in early talks to star in the political comedy Our Brand Is Crisis.” It’s “based on Rachel Boynton’s 2005 documentary, which focused on the use of American political campaign strategies in Bolivia by President Clinton’s former consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg.”
“On the heels of winning the European Film Award for best animated film with The Congress, Israeli helmer Ari Folman has unveiled his next project,” reports Elsa Keslassy for Variety: “A family-skewed toon based on Anne Frank’s diary.”
Alain Choquart, the cinematographer who’s worked with Bertrand Tavernier, is currently filming his debut feature in South Africa, reports Fabien Lemercier at Cineuropa. The cast: Peter Sarsgaard, Jérémie Rénier, Emily Mortimer, and Claude Rich. The story “delves into the heart of a French mission at the foot of the Drakensberg mountains. A community of black and white South-Africans lives here with the trauma of an unsolved massacre.”
Agnieszka Holland will direct NBC’s Rosemary’s Baby miniseries, reports the Playlist‘s Kevin Jagernauth.
“Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson are attached to The Childhood of a Leader, a new drama directed by Brady Corbet,” reports Ramin Setoodeh for Variety. This’ll be “Corbet’s feature directorial debut, after winning honorable mention at Sundance in 2009 for his short Protect You + Me.”
Ben Beaumont-Thomas: “The sequel to smash hit zombie action movie World War Z now has a director assigned to it: Juan Antonio Bayona, whose drama The Impossible told the story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.”
Also in the Guardian, Ben Child: “Antonio Banderas is being tapped by one of Italy’s most successful film producers to star as a young Pope Francis in a new biopic.”
“[L]egendary horror manga artist Kazuo Umezu is writing and directing a film for the first time at the age of 77,” reports Kevin Ouellette at Nippon Cinema. “The movie is titled Mother and is based on an original story which is said to unlock the secrets of ‘Umezu world.'”
“Little Miss Sunshine helmers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris are in negotiations to direct The Good Luck of Right Now,” reports Variety‘s Justin Kroll. Mike White’s adapted the novel by Matthew Quick, author of The Silver Linings Playbook, which “follows the intertwined lives of four people, who are all outsiders in their own right. However, in the wake of grieving over pain and loss in their lives, they come together to form the most unlikely family.”