“And then [Bryan and writers Christopher McQuarrie and Nathan Alexander] went to UA with their project titled “Valkyrie.”
The article then continues:
At UA, Bryan met with none other than Tom Cruise and just in the last month, Tom has been set to play the lead as a heroic German colonel, Count Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg, the man who led the “July Plot” to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
Okay, about the Cruise playing a ‘heroic’ German colonel. That’s something I’m very curious to see in the film. Because, see, in Wikipedia’s account of the event, Stauffenberg (the character played by Cruise) is, quote, “a political conservative and a zealous German nationalist with a taste for philosophy. He had at first welcomed the Nazi regime but had become rapidly disillusioned. […] He brought a new tone of fanaticism to the ranks of the resistance.”
Not sure this correlates with my defintion of ‘heroic’. I mean, obviously, this man did try to kill Hitler, at the cost of his own life -when the plot was ultimately uncovered, he was immediately executed. And surely, he is one of the many figures of German resistance. But it just seems… the way he is described makes it sound as if there were a double moral standard in his character.
I’ve already expressed my doubts as to how we, as an audience, are supposed to be sympathetic to high-ranked Nazi officers. I know they were plotting against Hitler -this being the whole point of the film… And yes, they were part of the German resistance, which at the time, was all kinds of heroic and incredibly inspiring… But there’s something vaguely disturbing about it.
That being said, Todd Bowen was a very disturbing protagonist in a very disturbing film, so I know Bryan is good at portraying ‘disturbing’. Heh.
Smith then quotes Bryan himself:
Singer says: “Originally, Chris and Nathan and I brought the project to UA because it seemed like a good match. UA was founded as an artist-based studio. Tom and Paula Wagner were clearly carrying on the tradition. The film was green-lit quickly. I admit in the back of my mind I always thought Tom would be a great fit for this role, beyond his physical resemblance. We met a few times about production and my desire to offer the part to him crystallized.”
Hmmmm. “Clearly carrying on tradition”? As in “making heaps of money from films”? Hee. Sorry, but I’m still doubtful about the whole United Artists’ revival. I mean, c’mon, who are they kidding? The film industry is no longer what it used to be, it just isn’t.
Plus, Cruise and Wagner definitely do NOT qualify as the worthy heirs of Charles Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford and D.W. Griffith. Just saying.
But it’s not like I’m questioning Bryan’s casting skills or anything. Because I’m not.
Smith finishes her article by saying,
This seems to be one of those adventures that happen only rarely. UA will forge ahead and make the movie early this summer because Bryan is set to go ahead on “Superman” at Warner Bros. The McQuarrie-Alexander script is described as excellent, with suspense, honor, horror and history all mixed in together. To some of us, it will be heroic history; to youngsters, it will be a thriller.
Well, I’m sure it is excellent. Sounds quite epic.
I’m just a bit worried for Bryan, as I always am. I guess I got used to him doing action/adventure/superhero films. But I’m glad he’s chosen to tackle such a sensitive story –and I’m sure he’ll be doing just fine, in fact.
Am still waiting on the crew announcements, though… It kind of is Bryan’s first ‘period’ film, in the sense that it is set in actual past history. Production and costume designer are going to have a jolly time reconstructing it! I suspect Guy Dyas and Louise Mingenbach will be working on the pre-production for the Supes sequel, and might not be involved with this project. But Bob Mayer Burnett, my new favourite crewmember, did say Warner would try and make it fit with Superman schedule, so who knows?
In other less exciting news (or possibly not), an exclusive trailer for Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Thirteen (“Hollywood-coolest-stars vehicule” also applies here) is up at Yahoo!Movies. You might ask why I love the Ocean franchise, considering how pretentious and self-congratulating it looks. Two words: Matt Damon. The trailer isn’t too bad, but the teaser was funnier. But the fake nose? Cracked me up.
Next post will be my review of the month, after which I intend to start a new feature on this blog –DVD commentaries and extras recap! I was thinking of creating a whole new blog for it, but I’d rather keep with this good ol’ one.
Stay tuned… or run away in the opposite side, if you’re sick of reading about me babbling about Bryan. There’s going to be a lot more of him to come, since the first DVD extra I intend to recap is… Requiem for Krypton: Making Superman Returns. Now, that‘s a surprise!