David-Oyelowo-Ava-DuVernayThe powerful filmmaking team behind the civil rights drama Selma will be headed to New Orleans in the near future. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo will be reteaming on a new drama set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina. The deal for the new film came together at the Sundance Film Festival. The narrative feature is described as a sweeping love story and murder mystery.

Selma was widely expected to receive Academy Awards considerations but DuVernay and Oyelowo did not receive nominations when they were announced last week. The omissions are considered two of the biggest snubs of the 2015 Oscars. Selma, which chronicles the three Selma to Montgomery, Alabama marches in 1965, currently boasts an incredibly rare Rotten Tomatoes score of 99% Fresh.

Oyelowo portrays Martin Luther King, Jr. in the film. The Katrina project will bring him back to Louisiana, where he previously shot The Butler and The Paperboy. Both of those films were directed by Lee Daniels.

Several Hurricane Katrina-related films have been in development, and a few have made their way to very limited distribution deals, but there has not yet been a commercially or critically successful film to incorporate the disaster in any major way. The closest Hollywood has come was David Fincher’s film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which used Katrina to narratively frame the film.

Because of the intense media coverage of Hurricane Katrina, and the resulting political discussion, something known as “Katrina fatigue” emerged to describe a general disaffection with the topic. That’s probably what has kept the film industry from bringing a Katrina pic to the big screen. But as time passes, audiences will hopefully be more eager to reflect on one of the greatest natural (and some say, man-made) disasters in United States history.

DuVernay and Oyelowo might be the first to do so successfully.

Source: Deadline



Inherent Vice

In a drug fueled 1970s Los Angeles, Joaquin Phoenix splendidly fits the role of Larry “Doc” Sportello in Paul Thomas Anderson’s latest film Inherent Vice. The film also features highly recognizable actors like Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph and Boardwalk Empire alum Michael Kenneth Williams. 148 min. Rated R.


The Spierig Brothers return with their Daybreakers star Ethan Hawke for their new film Predestination. Hawke plays a time-traveling Temporal Agent on his final assignment tracking down one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. 97 min. Rated R.

Taken 3

Ageless sparkplug Liam Neeson returns as Bryan Mills in the third installment of the Taken series. 109 min. Rated PG-13.


The powerful march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by Interstellar alum David Oyelowo who plays Martin Luther King, Jr. Filmed in Alabama and Georgia, the film is jam packed with mega stars including Oprah, Cuba Gooding Jr, Giovanni Ribisi, Tim Roth, Common, Martin Sheen and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce128 min. Rated PG-13.


Set to shoot in New Orleans, “Selma” may be delayed

by Arthur Vandelay on August 2, 2010

Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of “Precious”, may be prioritizing another project over the long-in-development “Selma”. Slated to shoot in New Orleans, “Selma” centers on Lyndon Johnson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the marches in Selma, AL that let to civil rights reform.

Deadline is reporting that Daniels has become frustrated that “Selma” has not been able to secure financing, despite a stellar cast that includes Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, David Oyelowo, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro and Cedric the Entertainer. Jackman even gained thirty pounds for the part, before a commitment to “Real Steel” required him to lose it.

Despite the troubled waters, “Selma” producers are still hoping to shoot in New Orleans this fall.

Source: Deadline