Posts Tagged ‘Juan Antonio Bayona’

Cannes Names Its Godfathers

April 14, 2009

cannes-film-festivalWe’re still waiting for the Cannes line-up, but Variety reports that the festival will honor two up-and-comers in Spanish cinema. Both Juan Antonio Bayona and Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will be named “Godfathers” at the Critics’ Week sidebar. Does this mean they’ll have to dump their brothers in Lake Tahoe and make Harvey Weinstein an offer he can’t refuse? We will probably never know.

Fresnadillo is best-known for his decent sequel 28 Weeks Later. He’s currently working on a remake of Roger Corman’s X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which sounds like sacrilege, but then so did 28 Weeks Later. So cut the man some slack.

Bayona got on the global map with the Guillermo del Toro-endorsed The Orphanage, a timely reminder that it’s possible to make a scary movie that wasn’t originally released in the 1970s. His name has been attached to the Twilight movie Eclipse, but his next confirmed project is Hater, where a British parking attendant hands out tickets in a world where people go crazy and kill each other on impulse. Sounds like a 28 Weeks Later remake, then.

The Slate: Indian Summer’s Eclipse is Expendable

March 12, 2009


  • Eclipse finally has a director. After Drew Barrymore flirted with taking on the Stephenie Meyer novel, it’s going to be Juan Antonio Bayona (The Orphanage) who will be sitting in the director’s chair and making sure it’s strong enough for a man, but made for a woman. The film needs to be ready for June 30, 2010, so where this leaves Bayona’s Hater is a question best left to somebody who actually follows this stuff for a living. (Variety)
  • The great news is that somebody is making a Dirty Dozen for the 2010s. The bad news is it’s Sylvester Stallone. Charisma Carpenter will join the cast of The Expendables as the token chick among Stallone, Mickey Rourke, Jet Li, Jason Statham and a few straight-to-video faces. The aging bad-asses will be dropped in an anonymous South American country to overthrow a dictator in meaty style. (TV Guide)
  • Atonement director Joe Wright is taking on Alex van Tunzelmann’s Raj book Indian Summerand putting a big, fat tracking shot right in the middle of it. The novel focuses on Lord Mountbatten’s handover of imperial power to Indian PM Jawaharlal Nehru, who happens to be shtupping Lady Mountbatten. Expect lots of linen, stiff upper lips, racism and heat … this beastly heat. (Variety)
  • Heathers, the high school comedy beloved of anybody who ever wore shoulder pads or did a bad Jack Nicholson impression, could be headed for Broadway sometime in 2010. The music is being written by Larry O’Keefe (Legally Blonde), the lyrics and book by Kevin Murphy (Reefer Madness). Who will play Veronica? Kristen Bell was sighted taking part in early readings. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Break out the tuna! The Cove, a Sundance-approved documentary that might also be titled Swimming With (and Slaughtering) Dolphins, has finally got a happy ending. The film has become something of a Cinematical pet project, and now the site happily reports that Roadside Attractions has picked this puppy up for a July 31 release, just as soon as they’re done filleting. (Cinematical)