The Spanish Civil War raged between 1936 and 1939, a bloody proxy for the looming World War II that would transfix writers such as Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell as well as inspiring subsequent generations of filmmakers as diverse as Ken Loach (Land and Freedom) and Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth). The latest work to be set during the conflict focuses on the photographer whose work covering the conflict made him internationally renowned. Robert Capa's photo 'The Falling Soldier', showing a Republican soldier flying backwards at the moment a bullet strikes him dead, is one of the most famous (and controversial) images of the 20th century, but it's only one of many he took.
The untitled film being prepared by director Paul Andrew Williams (Song for Marion) and screenwriter Menno Meyjes (Empire of the Sun) will focus on the charismatic exiled Hungarian Jew's two years in Spain (Robert Capa was Endre Friedmann's professional name) and his relationship with fellow photographer Gerda Taro. Capa will be played by British actor Tom Hiddleston, who has portrayed villains both otherworldly (Thor, The Avengers) and all too human (The Deep Blue Sea) in recent years, while Taro is the responsibility of another Brit, Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans, Tamara Drewe).
Vaughn suits up
How many times can John Hughes' 1987 comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles be remade? Plenty. In Business Trip, Vince Vaughn (Wedding Crashers) will play an American suit whose European work trip is marked by a succession of disasters that lead to some unconventional travel arrangements on the Continent. I have visions of lederhosen.
There have been beauties and there have definitely been beasts in the previous films by French director Christoph Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf, Silent Hill), but this time he's gone to the source with a remake of the fairytale that has already inspired everything from a Jean Cocteau film to an animated Disney hit. Gans' Beauty and the Beast will be about the nightly meetings between a young woman who has sacrificed herself to a creature that had the right to take her father's life. The cast will include Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Trance) and Lea Seydoux (Farewell, My Queen; pictured) in the titular roles, and Andre Dussolier (Tell No One) as the errant patriarch.
Neeson on road to infamy
Surprisingly, no-one has ever remade Arthur Penn's seminal 1967 crime drama Bonnie and Clyde, a film that basted defining roles for Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway; surely some idiot would have put money into a new version with Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart? But director John Lee Hancock (The Alamo, The Blind Side) is now at work on a film that puts a new spin on the tale of the Depression-era bank robbers. Highwaymen will be about the Texas Rangers who pursued the Barrow Gang and eventually killed them in an ambush, and Hancock is looking to cast Liam Neeson (Taken, Taken 2, and probably Taken 3 within a month or two) and Woody Harrelson (Zombieland, No Country for Old Men) as the lead lawmen. Of course, a new Bonnie and Clyde could still have supporting roles…