Sure, Forest Whitaker could be a ruthless dictator, but does he have game?
Two little pieces of info from ComingSoon:
One is that Forest Whitaker is in talks to star in Patriots directed by Tim Story and written by Robert Eisele (The Great Debaters). No, it’s not a Revolutionary War muskets and knee breeches tale, but rather the true life story (Tim?) of a Louisiana high school basketball team (that would be the Patriots) whose members were displaced from their hometown by Hurricane Katrina, but managed to reunite to fight their way to the state championship. Whitaker will play the team’s coach, Al Collins.
What’s interesting about this film is that it’s the first to go into production under the Weinstein Co.’s interim agreement with the WGA. Furthermore, it shoots in April, with a goal of finishing before a potential June SAG strike and hopefully will be a Thanksgiving release. Whew! Catch your breath after that one.
Also, Anne Fletcher, director of the upcoming 27 Dresses, has agreed to direct The Proposal, a romantic comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds. Here’s the story:
The script, written by Peter Chiarelli, follows a publishing executive (Bullock) who forces her assistant (Reynolds) to marry her so she can avoid deportation to Canada.
Wow, looks like we already have a candidate for the “I’d Rather Have Nails Shoved In My Eyes Than See This Movie” award for 2009.