Well this should definitely add more speculative fuel to recent rumors that Ben Affleck’s days as Batman are numbered. Affleck is reportedly looking to set up his next directing project, and this one might not be with Warner Bros., the studio behind three of his previous efforts: The Town, Argo (which nabbed a Best Picture Oscar), and Live By Night. If the deal goes through, Affleck will direct his next film — an Afghanistan war drama — for Sony.
When you go to the movies this summer you’ll be greeted with a plethora of superheroes, action films, and on-going cinematic universes. But nestled within those familiar franchises you’ll find A Ghost Story, one of the most unique movies in decades.
Triple Frontier has had one of the weirdest and most fraught production histories in recent memory, and while Paramount axed the film from its schedule three weeks ago, it’s not over yet. J.C. Chandor’s film, which was supposed to star Channing Tatum, Tom Hardy, and Mahershala Ali (after it was supposed to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow some years ago), has lost two of its actors and its release date, but it just got a few helping hands from some surprising sources.
There’s really nothing like David Lowery’s new film. A Ghost Story isn’t the typical haunted house tale we’re used to. But Lowery’s transcendent, meditative film captures the haunting realization of how fleeting our time in this world is. The film was hailed as one of the best out of Sundance this year (you can read our review here), which makes today’s debut of the first trailer all the more exciting.
You know the old saying about how it’s an honor just being nominated? It is. An Academy Award nomination is a win no matter the final outcome on Oscar night. For one thing, it guarantees a major boost in profile and an upgrade in the caliber of roles an actor gets offered. There’s no way, for example, that any Oscar nominee will accept the sorts of roles you’re about to see below.