Danny Boyle to direct Michael B. Jordan’s Methuselah

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a ma…

Danny Boyle has signed on to take charge of Michael B. Jordan’s planned Methuselah adaptation.

It was announced last year that the Black Panther star would be taking on the role of the titular protagonist in the epic, based on the biblical story of a man who lived to be almost 1,000 years old.

Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts had been in talks for the gig last year, however, bosses at Warner Bros. have now changed the concept of the upcoming movie, according to Variety.

Screenwriter Simon Beaufoy, who previously worked with Boyle on the Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours, is now onboard to revamp the script, which was previously drafted by The Bourne Legacy writer/director Tony Gilroy.

Methuselah has been in development since 2014, and at one point, Tom Cruise was attached as its leading man, as well as Will Smith.

Jordan will also co-produce the movie via his Outlier Society company, alongside Alana Mayo, David Heyman, and Jeffrey Clifford.

It will mark a return to studio blockbuster movies for Boyle, who was slated to direct the upcoming James Bond movie No Time To Die, but exited the project due to creative differences.

The British filmmaker, who scooped the Academy Award for Best Director back in 2009 for Slumdog Millionaire, also helmed 2019’s musical comedy Yesterday.

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Rachel Weisz to star as Elizabeth Taylor in A Special Relationship

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who …

Rachel Weisz will portray late Hollywood icon Elizabeth Taylor in upcoming biopic A Special Relationship.

The movie will centre on the late star’s journey from actress to activist and her friendship with her personal assistant Roger Wall, a gay man who worked his way out of extreme poverty in America’s Deep South before pursuing a career in Hollywood.

Wall took his own life in 1991 after he was diagnosed with HIV.

Taylor, who called his death “one of the biggest losses of my life”, was one of the first celebrities to publicly join the fight against HIV/AIDS in the 1980s.

Set to be developed by female directing duo Bert & Bertie from a script by Oscar-winning Slumdog Millionaire writer Simon Beaufoy, A Special Relationship is based on hours of interviews with those who knew Taylor.

Weisz follows in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter, Lindsay Lohan and Sherilyn Fenn, who have previously portrayed the iconic Hollywood actress.

Barbara Berkowitz and Tim Mendelson, trustees of the Elizabeth Taylor Estate/House of Taylor Trust, will be executive producing alongside Danny Perkins and Simon Gillis.

Producers Iain Canning and Emile Sherman said the film “is a celebration of how friendships can change people’s lives, and how Elizabeth helped change the world.”

“Audiences are clearly fascinated by the private lives of iconic Hollywood stars,” they added in a statement. “There is no one more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy has written a role that shines a light on Elizabeth’s humour and humanity, which will be beautifully brought to life through the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz.”

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