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The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023, D: Friedkin) S: Sutherland, Clarke, Lacy

EXCLUSIVE: William Friedkin has been plenty selective in the films he directs, but the heralded helmer of The French Connection, The Exorcist, To Live and Die in L.A. and others has found both a script and a star he could not resist.

Kiefer Sutherland will star as Lt. Commander Queeg in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, using a 50-year-old play script written by Herman Wouk from his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It is being plotted for a January start, and casting is just getting underway. Annabelle Dunne and Matt Parker are producing. Sutherland’s deal is being finalized.

“I’ve looked at a lot of scripts in the last 10 years, and I haven’t seen anything I really wanted to do,” said Friedkin, who most recently directed 2011’s stylish noir drama Killer Joe starring Matthew McConaughey. “But I think about it a lot, and it occurred to me that could be a very timely and important piece, as well as being great drama. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial is one of the best court-martial dramas ever written.”

The original novel, the 1954 film with Humphrey Bogart as Queeg and a Robert Altman-directed 1988 telepic of the play that starred Midnight Run‘s Brad Davis as Queeg were set during World War II. A naval officer stands trial for mutiny for taking command from a ship captain he feels is acting in unstable fashion, endangering both the ship and its crew.

“The original piece was written for WWII, and Wouk included all the pent-up anger in this country over Pearl Harbor,” Friedkin told Deadline. “I’ve updated it so that is no longer Pearl Harbor. I’ve made it contemporary, involving the Gulf of Hormuz and the Straits of Hormuz, leading to Iran.”

Hormuz provides the only passage between the Persian Gulf and the open sea, making it a critical shipping route that long has been a hotspot because of continuing tensions with Iran. The update was made easier in that even the original was an invention of the late author, who also wrote The Winds of War and War and Remembrance.

“There never was a mutiny in the United States Navy,” Friedkin said. “Herman Wouk virtually created the first and only mutiny in the United States military. His dialogue is terrific, right to the point. It’s set at a trial, but it’s all really by the book, in terms of accuracy. But there never was a mutiny in the United States military. He invented it and all that would take place around it, based on the laws that cover it.”

Friedkin, who altered Wouk’s script himself to reflect a timelier timeline, said he long had admired Sutherland and sought him out for the tense courtroom thriller.

“I think he is one of the best actors in America, one of the very best,” Friedkin said. “I saw every episode of his show 24. I thought he was just great but that he could do a lot more, and this gives him an opportunity to stretch.”

Denise Chamian, coming off Top Gun: Maverick and Elvis, is his casting director, and they are lining out the cast for the early 2023 start.

Sutherland is repped by CAA and Entertainment 360.
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re: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023, D: Friedkin) S: Sutherland, Clarke, Lacy

Why not remake Casablanca next?
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“The original piece was written for WWII, and Wouk included all the pent-up anger in this country over Pearl Harbor,” Friedkin told Deadline. “I’ve updated it so that is no longer Pearl Harbor. I’ve made it contemporary, involving the Gulf of Hormuz and the Straits of Hormuz, leading to Iran.”

Hormuz provides the only passage between the Persian Gulf and the open sea, making it a critical shipping route that long has been a hotspot because of continuing tensions with Iran.
This could be interesting to see the context.

When I was on a ship in the Navy, we'd be stationed outside the Straits and we'd escort oil tankers in on their way into the Persian Gulf. Iran had Chinese Silkworm missiles so we'd have to be at General Quarters while we were inside their target zone. Only problem was the GQ would last 6 hours. Every now and then a Russian ship would tag along because they knew our technology was good enough to knock a Silkworm out. This was part of Operation Earnest Will in the 80s. So, personally, my interest just ticked up.
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re: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023, D: Friedkin) S: Sutherland, Clarke, Lacy

Do enjoy the original with Humphrey Bogart. This could be a good update.
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Robert Altman did a version for TV in the 1980s or '90s starring Eric Bogosian (in the Jose Ferrer part) and Jeff Daniels (in the Fred MacMurray part), both very good. Brad Davis played Queeg and I don't remember his scenes at all.
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I wonder why he could not cast somebody who can act in that role?

Kiefer is average to mediocre and borderline bad actor.
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I liked him in A Few Good Men, another courtroom drama.
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The press release is hilarious. Friedkin saw every episode of 24 and thought “That’s my guy.”
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Midnight Run‘s Brad Davis
Never liked him in that. That role would've been better suited to someone like DeNiro, maybe.
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Never liked him in that. That role would've been better suited to someone like DeNiro, maybe.
I'm not sure, if he would have had the right chemistry with Jon Voight.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jason Clarke (Winning Time, Oppenheimer) will star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial from Paramount Global and Showtime.

He will portray the character of Lieutenant Barney Greenwald, a defense attorney who begrudgingly represents Stephen Maryk (Jake Lacy). Greenwald believes Maryk to be guilty of the charge he’s now arguing against. Though Greenwald’s brutal honesty and lack of enthusiasm leave his client frustrated, he performs to the best of his ability and sees through the nonsense to uncover what he believes to be the truth about the mutiny aboard the Caine.
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This will premiere at the Venice Film Festival next month...and I suppose will premiere on Showtime / Paramount+ at some point. Maybe Paramount should rethink on that and give it a small theatrical run since it is now Friedkin's last film.
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Showtime has ruled its new military drama The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial will premiere on Oct. 6.

The film, which is the last from late Oscar-winning filmmaker William Friedkin, will hit the Paramount+ with Showtime plan on Friday, Oct. 6, before making its linear debut on Sunday, Oct. 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. It will also premiere on Paramount+ in all international markets where the streaming service is currently live, including the UK, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Australia, France, Italy, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea.

The drama, which Friedkin directed and adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Herman Wouk, was completed before Friedkin's death on Aug. 7. Prior to the news of its premiere date, the film made its bow at the Venice Film Festival, where it was warmly received by critics.

The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial begins at a naval court-martial, where Barney Greenwald (Jason Clarke), a skeptical naval lawyer, reluctantly agrees to defend Lt. Steve Maryk (Jake Lacy), a first officer of the Navy who took control of the U.S.S. CAINE from its domineering captain Lt. Philip Francis Queeg (Kiefer Sutherland) during a violent sea storm in unfriendly waters. As the trial progresses, Greenwald becomes increasingly concerned and questions if the events aboard the Caine were a true mutiny or simply the courageous acts of a group of sailors who did not trust their unstable leader.

The film also stars Monica Raymund (Chicago Fire), Lewis Pullman (Top Gun: Maverick), Jay Duplass (Transparent), Tom Riley (The Nevers) and Lance Reddick (John Wick), who passed away at age 60 in March. It is produced by Annabelle Dunne and Matt Parker with Michael Salven and Mike Upton serving as executive producers. The film is distributed by Paramount Global Content Distribution.
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Reviews from Venice: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the...t_martial_2023
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Between Reddick and Friedkin, it's like a memorial movie.
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Re: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023, D: Friedkin) S: Sutherland, Clarke, Lacy

I'm looking forward to seeing this, but too bad it's basically a TV movie with it being relegated to Showtime.

I can't recall the last time we had a quality courtroom thriller in theaters in the last 10-15 years. I know there's A Few Good Men, but that was almost 30 years ago.
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I'm looking forward to seeing this, but too bad it's basically a TV movie with it being relegated to Showtime.

I can't recall the last time we had a quality courtroom thriller in theaters in the last 10-15 years. I know there's A Few Good Men, but that was almost 30 years ago.
The upcoming awards contender and Palme d'Or winning Anatomy of a Fall.
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If anything, it will get a DVD only physical media release. On P+ it will hopefully be 4K DV/Atmos.
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Re: The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial (2023, D: Friedkin) S: Sutherland, Clarke, Lacy

Even though it's in the original press release here, I guess I never realized The Caine Mutiny was written by Herman Wouk. Seemed like it was from a full generation earlier than The Winds of War, even if it was set in the same time period.
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Given Friedkin’s final works, I’m really anticipating this. He deserves to be celebrated and missed.
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This is out tomorrow on Paramount+ with Showtime.
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This looks like it’s got a straight-to-cable, “TNT Original Movie” look to it but given that it’s Friedkin’s last film, I’ll watch it.
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I've seen the movie with Bogart and Van Johnson many times, and have always enjoyed it, but it definitely (in my mind) a drama of its time.

I have doubts about how a new production made for a contemporary audience will play. Back in the 50s, the idea of a man in command having a psychological breakdown, and the idea of challenging a man in command, were both DRAMATIC concepts.

It's interesting that the trailer makes such a point of explaining how serious mutiny is, because the stakes in the story seems a little "so what." Of course, we would say in the 21st Century, anyone, no matter how esteemed, can have psychological problems and suffer a breakdown. And we live in a world where challenging authority is valued and even encouraged. For the WW2 era, someone in the military refusing the chain of command would be big stakes drama, but post-Vietnam, it seems like the willingness to do so is necessary in a military drama.
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I thought this was really good. It isn't really subject matter that I find very interesting, but the direction, performances, and editing are top notch. All of this makes the piece pretty engaging for only being in basically one location.

RIP to a legendary director.

Also RIP to Reddick... another exceptional performance from him.

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