Saturday, April 20, 2024

Oscar Winner Paul Haggis (“Crash”) Will Sell Brilliant New Film in Cannes


Exclusive: Paul Haggis, director of Best Picture “Crash,” will sell his brilliant new film in Cannes next week. Haggis is just putting the finishing touches on “Third Person,” an extraordinary omnibus film with a great cast that includes Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger, and Maria Bello. The film is set in three cities–cutting back and forth among New York, Paris, and Rome. And each story is about three people. But there are also significant twists in the story that will make audiences sit straight up in their seats. Neeson has never been better, and could easily get some awards action from this film. Franco and Kunis– who tangled on a lighter level in “Oz: The Great and Powerful”– have one of the most intense scenes in recent memory. Haggis is just about to score “Third Person.” He will make a three day trip to Cannes he told me, from May 17 to 20, to meet potential foreign distributors. Right now in New York, the main players are already viewing “Third Person.” Haggis would love to see the film released before the end of the year.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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