The upcoming Howard Hughes biopic
"...its going to be a very very unusual script and a very unusual movie." (Chris Nolan)
October 21, 2006
From an Interview with In Focus:
You’ve expressed great sadness at not getting to film your Howard Hughes script with Jim Carrey. Can you tell us how your film would have differed from “The Aviator”?
Well, no — because I haven’t seen “The Aviator.” I can’t bring myself to. [laughs] But from what I know of “The Aviator,” the key difference is that we deal with Hughes’ entire life. I think their film is about half of our film in terms of timespan.br>br>
You would actually have followed Hughes from cradle to grave?
Is it something you’ve put in the vault, to haul out and film somewhere down the line?
The truth is, I struggled massively with the script. It took about a year to write. And it finally came together just as “The Aviator” got a green light. But the script just clicked. It’s the best thing I’ve written, that I’m most proud of. Hopefully, it’ll have its day. Patience is definitely part of this business.
22/03/2003: Howard Hughes biopic script completed
Seems like I didn't read an January article about Chris Nolan being attached to a Batman project that Variety ran carefully enough. It also mentioned that Christopher Nolan had finished and handed in his script for the film aboutollywood producer Howard Hughes that will be starring Jim Carrey.
29/08/2002: The Z Review reports of an interview in which Nolan was asked if he was concerned about Scorsese's Hughes Project: Not for me, there’s no sense of any kind of race simply because it’s too difficult a subject. And I think that’s why these projects have tended not to happen in the past, so I think we need to take our time and really try to crack the subject. So I don’t think there’s any point in worrying about what other people are doing and any time you go into making a film there are always other factors around and you just have to believe in the project you are doing, that it will find it’s way to get made."
31/05/2002: SLPICEDwire Interview:
"It's a big project. It is the sort of great unmade Hollywood movie -- and if you ask me why, I don't know and I don't want to find out. But I think casting is a large part of it, and I think Jim Carrey is just perfect for the role. He'll be able to pull off something I don't think many performers could."
17/05/2002 SF Chronicle Article:
"It was the extreme nature of his story [that attracted me]. Here was someone who had everything and nothing at the same time. Hey that's a good pitch. I should try that one on the studio."
24/04/2002: The Calgary Sun has a short article from the Calgary Sun about Christopher Nolan where he is quoted: "Jim is already involved. His input is invaluable. Just knowing who is going to play the part is most helpful for me at this conceptual stage, and will be even more so during the writing. Jim was born to play Hughes. He has this amazing gift to channel real people. I'm convinced his Howard Hughes will be every bit as astonishing as his Andy Kaufman was in Man on the Moon."
Christopher Nolan also said that one reason previous attempts to make a Howard Hughes bio-movie failed was because "Hughes is an astounding figure. There are so many aspects to his character. The extremes of his life are the stuff of movies, but you need someone like Jim Carrey to make it all credible. When I met Jim and heard his take on Hughes, I knew we could make this movie work."
While I'm reading this I just checked on IMDb.com for news about the Hughes pictures - only to discover that the entry has been deleted. I have no idea why they did this but I don't think it means anything serious. IMDb is only always a bit uber-cautious regarding information that isn't 100% determined.
There are strong rumors that Nolan is going to direct and produce a Howard Hughes biography with Jim Carrey starring as the eccentric producer.
Carrey met Nolan after watching Memento and they realized that they were both interested in doing a Hughes biopic.
The movie will be based on Richard Hack's book 'Hughes: The Private Diaries, Letters and Memos', the rights to the book have already been purchased by Castle Rock Entertainment. Christopher Nolan will also write the script for the movie. No production date is set yet.
There have been multiple attempts for a film version of Hughes' life with actors such as Beatty, Cage or Norton. As New Line Cinema states there are still ongoing plans for a movie with DiCaprio directed by Michael Mann.
Sources: www.jimcarreywebsite.com/; www.spielfilm.de/
The movie's title will probably be Mr. Hughes.