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Old 08-12-20, 01:12 AM
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The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

This sounds interesting. Chinatown is one of my favorite films and this seems like an intriguing subject


Ben Affleck Writing, Directing Film About Making of ‘Chinatown’

Forget it, Ben. It’s Chinatown.

Ben Affleck will dig deep into Hollywood history with an upcoming adaptation of “The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood,” an inside look at the making of the film noir classic. The film has been set up at Paramount, which is only fitting given that it was that studio’s legendary head, Robert Evans, that helped will the incisive look at power, money, and corruption in Los Angeles into existence.

Affleck will adapt the book by Sam Wasson, as well as direct the film. “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels will produce the picture along with Affleck.

“Chinatown” is considered to be one of the greatest movies ever made, with career-best work from Jack Nicholson and all involved. But Wasson’s book makes it clear that the production was often bumpy. Director Roman Polanski clashed with star Faye Dunaway (who got the role after Jane Fonda passed), John Huston filmed a key scene while in his cups, and Jerry Goldsmith’s haunting score was an 11th hour addition. In the end, however, these big personalities all helped create one of the seminal works of 1970s cinema



Affleck has had success in the past looking at Hollywood history, directing “Argo,” the story of how the CIA used a fake film production to infiltrate Iran, to Oscar glory. Affleck most recently starred in Warner Bros.’ “The Way Back,” a sports drama about a recovering alcoholic who returns to his high school to coach the basketball team. Critics praised his performance, but the movie generated lackluster ticket sales when it was released right before theaters started to close due to coronavirus.

Affleck’s latest outing behind the camera was in 2016’s gangster film “Live by Night,” which he also wrote and starred in. The movie, which also featured Elle Fanning, Chris Messina and Zoe Saldana, was a box office flop. It cost $65 million to produce but ended its theatrical run with a paltry $22 million worldwide. Affleck’s other credits include “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” “The Town,” and “Good Will Hunting.”

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.




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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

It takes some serious balls to try and get financing for a movie in 2020 about Roman Polanski, though I guess Tarantino did last year (to some extent).

The key, the thing that will make or break this film will be the casting of a mid-30s Jack Nicholson. It’s a shame that the two best Jack clones Christian Slater and Timothy Olyphant are both much too old now. I don’t even know who could play the part, he’s so iconic.

I have to think that Affleck will give one of the four main parts (Nicholson, Polanski, Robert Evans, Robert Towne) to himself - to complete the “big four” like he did with Live By Night.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

I can see Affleck playing Robert Evans or Robert Towne, no way for Nicholson or Polanski. I can see Jesse Eisenberg as Polanski, Tom Hardy as Nicholson, Bree Larson or Daisy Ridley for Faye Dunaway, and Danny Huston has to play John Huston.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

If they include Kevin Pollack’s story about Jack Nicholson, John Houston, and Angelica Houston this will be a home run, grand slam hit!

And fuck that article. How is Argo about Hollywood history?
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

Originally Posted by sauce07
I can see Affleck playing Robert Evans or Robert Towne, no way for Nicholson or Polanski. I can see Jesse Eisenberg as Polanski, Tom Hardy as Nicholson, Bree Larson or Daisy Ridley for Faye Dunaway, and Danny Huston has to play John Huston.
Eisenberg would work, but you know who would be REALLY good in the part?





Of course the irony of a cancelled actor playing a cancelled director would be very, very thick. But if anyone is still gonna give Casey Affleck work, it's his brother.

I had thought about Hardy as Nicholson. He could pull it off, but physically, I always think of him as so bulked up. Height is spot-on though, age is close.
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Nice call about Casey, I can see it.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

Can see it here too for Casey with the above pics.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

Mathieu Amalric should play Roman Polanski.








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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

He’s 55. Polanski was 40 when he shot Chinatown. The guy in that last picture looks way too old to play Polanski in 1974, and everyone knows how old Polanski looked in 1974 because he’s in the movie.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

I disagree. This is Hollywood, 15 years is nothing. He doesn't look that much older than Polanski from that period, and the rest is solved by hair and make up pretty easily. Furthermore he looks a lot like Polanski, is Polish-Jewish/ French, just like Polanski, and has worked with him first hand, having been directed by him. Oh yeah, he's also an amazing actor. He's perfect for the part.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

Yeah, I also have to say that was an astute post. I can totally see Affleck playing him. That's perfect casting, in my mind. Damn. I can't think of anyone better. Great, great call.
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

I read the book a couple of weeks ago and it was a great book. As to why Polanski did what he did in terms of the sexual assault, it was alluded to him
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still suffering from PTSD from when he was a child seeing his mother taken away by the Nazis and his father going missing for a while before coming back. Also, with Sharon Tate getting killed. Polanski had a proclivity for responding to ads in the local classifieds for "encounters." He basically went off the deep end.












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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

i really will watch anything Affleck does. Act, direct, whatever...
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Re: The Big Goodbye (W/D/P : Ben Affleck) - Drama about the making of ‘Chinatown’

Originally Posted by Hazel Motes
I disagree. This is Hollywood, 15 years is nothing. He doesn't look that much older than Polanski from that period, and the rest is solved by hair and make up pretty easily. Furthermore he looks a lot like Polanski, is Polish-Jewish/ French, just like Polanski, and has worked with him first hand, having been directed by him. Oh yeah, he's also an amazing actor. He's perfect for the part.
Even ignoring the age thing, which I do think is hard to work around, and the fact that Amalric is not a well known actor in the US, I think you also have to acknowledge that no friend of Polanski (or any actor who ever wants to work with him again) is going to want to play him in a film that has to at least acknowledge the rape case. It'll be like Star 80 with Fosse and Bogdanovich -- you pick sides between the director of the film being made or the director portrayed in the film, but you can't remain neutral.

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