ROUNDUP: Media Reports On Anton Corbijn’s New Film ‘Life’ + Dane DeHaan & Robert Pattinson’s Casting

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May 28th 2013 saw The Wrap & The Hollywood Reporter reporting that Anton Corbijn would direct Life a movie about photographer Dennis Stock, who meets undiscovered star James Dean.

From The Wrap:

Anton Corbijn, who directed George Clooney in “The American,’ is attached to direct “Life,” which chronicles the relationship between photographer Dennis Stock and James Dean.

Luke Davies (“Candy”) wrote the movie, which Iain Canning and Emile Sherman will produce for See-Saw Films (“The King’s Speech”).

Set in 1955 before the premiere of “East of Eden,” story follows photographer Dennis Stock, who meets undiscovered star James Dean at a party and quickly comes to believe that the free-spirited actor has the potential to personify a social revolution. Beset with guilt from being an estranged parent to his son, Dennis slowly emerges from behind his bravado, spending time with Jimmy in Los Angeles, New York, and Indiana, having been commissioned Life Magazine. The photos would capture a star in the making and provide Dennis with the self-belief to be an international renowned artist.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Anton Corbijn has come aboard to direct Life, a true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock.

Iain Canning, who produced the Oscar-winning drama The King’s Speech and the acclaimed Michael Fassbender drama Shame, is producing Life with his See-Saw Films partner, Emile Sherman.

Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean.

The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. During the trip, Stock captured now-iconic images of the actor before he was launched to stardom with East of Eden (1955).

And then on September 5th 2013 came the exciting news that Dane DeHaan would play James Dean and Robert Pattinson would play photographer Dennis Stock. There was a lot of media buzz about this. Here’s a round up of the announcements…….

From The Film Stage:

First revealed earlier this summer, Life is a period piece whose drama is deeply rooted in the intertwining worlds of fame and photography, something the helmer is remarkably familiar with. As scripted by Luke Davies, its action centers on the relationship between James Dean and Life Magazine‘s Dennis Stock, the latter of whom had been tasked with capturing the up-and-coming actor less than a year before his rise to stardom and tragic death.

We’ve now got news from Screen Daily on who will take the parts, Robert Pattinson having signed on for Stock and Dane DeHaan stepping into the iconic shoes of Dean. Production is already set for this February in Canada, where we will follow the duo on a road trip.

The Hollywood Reporter:

Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan are teaming up to star in Life, the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.

DeHaan will bring Dean to life while Pattinson will portray Stock in the movie being directed by Anton Corbijn.

Iain Canning and Emile Sherman — the producing team behind the Oscar-winning drama The King’s Speech and the acclaimed Michael Fassbender drama Shame — are producing Life via their See Saw Films. Glen Basner’s FilmNation will launch the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.

Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean.

The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. During the trip, Stock captured now-iconic images of the actor before he was launched to stardom with East of Eden (1955).

The movie, with a script by Luke Davies and a budget in the $10 million to $15 million range, is eyeing a shoot in early 2014.

The Wrap:

Anton Corbijn is directing the movie, which FilmNation will be selling to international buyers in Toronto

Dane DeHaan will play James Dean and Robert Pattinson will play Magnum photographer Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” which FilmNation will be selling to international buyers at the Toronto market.

“The King’s Speech” producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films are producing with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films.

Written by Luke Davies, “Life” follows the friendship that Stock struck up with Dean when he was commissioned to photograph the budding young actor.

Production is scheduled to start in February in Canada. CAA is handling U.S. rights.

Like Stock, Corbijn is also a celebrated photographer whose visual gifts served him well on films such as “Control,” “The American” and the upcoming thriller “A Most Wanted Man.”

LA Times:

Life,” which is being produced by the team behind “The King’s Speech,” Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, centers on the relationship between photographer Dennis Stock and iconic movie star James Dean. Luke Davies penned the script. Pattinson will play Stock, DeHaan will play Dean.

Stock took the iconic photograph of Dean walking through Times Square with a cigarette hanging out of his mouth. Turns out the two of them took a cross-country road trip together before Dean became a giant star with 1955’s “East of Eden.”

Though Stock had a long and fruitful career as a photographer, it was the shot of Dean that was the most memorable of his career. (Stock, who passed away in 2010 at age 81, also photographed screen stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne, in addition to jazz musicians such as Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis.)

Stock, who first met Dean in Los Angeles, is the only photographer to have shot Dean in his hometown of Fairmount, Ind., where the two stopped before traveling on to New York. It was here that Stock shot Dean “posing with a huge hog on the farm, walking down Main Street and — eerily — posing in a coffin in a funeral home casket showroom,” according to the L.A. Times obituary of Stock.

Friends described Stock, who was a native New Yorker and a Navy veteran, as both “charming and combative.” It will be interesting to see Pattinson play a photographer from a bygone age, considering the actor has been plagued by the new generation of star photographer — the ones that follow him constantly on the street.

The Guardian:

The James Dean biopic, titled Life after the magazine for which Stock was working, will follow the recent trend for movies that touch on a vital period in their subject’s life, as opposed to the “cradle to grave” format. Dean’s 1955 breakthrough, the melodrama East of Eden, had not yet been released when Stock received an assignment from the Magnum agency to photograph the young actor. The pair ended up becoming friends during a journey from New York to Los Angeles, and on to Indiana, with the photographer capturing iconic images of the nascent star.

Dean died in a near head-on car crash in September 1955 while travelling at a reported 85mph in his new Porsche 550 Spyder. At the time, cinemagoers knew him only for East of Eden (also 1955), though the actor subsequently became better known for Rebel Without a Cause when it was released a few months later.

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