Keira Knightley (who I just realized spells her name not the usual way, as I went to spell it “Kira” on instinct) is set to work with Atonement and Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright again for Anna Karenina. Exciting news! They’ve done some of the most beautiful adaptations of novels for the big screen I’ve seen; their movies really feel as though you are in the book. Though I think that’s due in large part to the excellent scores for both films, both of which were nominated for Academy Awards, which Atonement won. They’re also continuing work with the same set of producers, a sure-fire way to keep the spark alive.
*Totally unrelated, I just read about the excellent friendship between Keira and Carey Mulligan (“who split from boyfriend Shia LaBeouf earlier this year”, in case you were wondering). Carey said, “Keira is the friend I call when I’m in trouble or suffering from a broken heart. She’ll meet me in the bar with a mojito and be there for me. She reserves herself for the people she cares about but when she comes to my birthday parties – and she’s never missed one since we met – she’s the first to get up and dance and the last to leave.” Can I be your third musketeer?
In other news, James Franco is in talks to direct William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying from his own screenplay, as well as working with Scott Rudin to write and direct Cormac McCarthy‘s Blood Meridian. He’s ALSO remaining loyal to his agent and switching agencies with him, to CAA (shout-out to Seana, receptionist extraordinaire).
In other (sadder) news about great films past, here’s what Ryan Gosling has to say about The Notebook:
“I also had been a part of one of those big romantic movies and — this is a long time ago — people would come up to me and tell me that they thought it was romantic, but one guy told me that he was engaged and [his fiancée] broke up with him after that movie because she said to him, ‘You wouldn’t build a house for me, would you?’ He was like, ‘Well, no, but I don’t know how.’ She said, ‘But if you knew how?’ He said, ‘No, I wouldn’t. But it doesn’t mean I don’t love you.’ She said, ‘Yeah, it does.’ And she called it off.
If you see some of those movies, then you look at your own romance and it doesn’t compare, you think, oh, what I have isn’t love because that’s love. And our hope, I think, in making [Blue Valentine] is that you will recognize your relationship in this, maybe not to this extreme, but on certain levels, and go home and realize that that’s really what it is. We hold ourselves to unreasonable standards, it’s probably why a lot of times we don’t stick it out.”
The Notebook: I thought it inspired love.