The Sony Corporation have teamed up with Scottish megastar Sean
Connery to establish a film studio in Edinburgh. Funded by
Scottish Screen, the deal is worth £100 million, and the
target is to make twenty films in the next five years at the new
facility. While its a project that Connery has always wanted
to set up, one can only wonder at Sonys logic behind the
deal. As the company are currently fighting MGM in the American
courts over the James Bond rights, could it be that
Connery might be making his return to the role that made him world
famous if they should win? Connery is actually quite busy at the
moment. His own Fountainbridge Films has three pictures on the
boil with the Intermedia company. They are Do Not Go Gentle,
the period drama The Patriot and the action adventure Mount
Weather. Connery himself is set to star in all three movies.
Tom Cruise will have an unbilled cameo in Paul Thomas Andersons
new ensemble drama Magnolia. The Boogie Nights
director wrote the part especially for Cruise and is assembling
many of the cast from that hit film for his latest feature
involving six interwoven stories about families living in
Californias San Fernando Valley. Philip Baker Hall, Philip
Seymour Hoffman, William H Macy and Julianne Moore are just some
of the returning cast anxious to work with the Valley Boy again.
New Line Cinema are backing the $30 million look at parental love
and loneliness for a start date in January 1999.
Annabella Sciorra was in
London recently to promote the upcoming release of What Dreams
May Come, so naturally Film Review asked her what else
shes been up to recently. The amusing Annabella said, Im
in rehearsal for a new movie titled The King of the Jungle
and Im about to start working with director Abel Ferrara
again with whom I made The Addiction and The Funeral..
Its titled A Christmas Story not because its
about the holiday season at all, but because we figured that Abels
name being linked in the same sentence with Christmas would raise
more than a few quizzical and interested eyebrows.
The early 90s British
mini-series Traffik, which featured an early role for
Julia Ormond as a teenage drug-addict, is to be brought to the
screen by director Steven Soderbergh, currently the name on
everybodys lips thanks to the wonderful Out of Sight.
The brilliant TV drama was set in Pakistan, Germany and London and
centred around the disparate characters whose lives are changed by
drugs manufacturers, smugglers, users and cops. Traffik
gave an Upstairs Downstairs look at the business and
politics of drug trafficking. I wasnt interested in doing a
movie about the addiction part of the drug business, but rather
the business of how drugs are moved, explained Soderbergh.