Monday, April 15, 2024

Exclusive: Gus Van Sant First Name Director on Revived BMW Films Series


Remember the BMW Film series? Clive Owen played a James Bond like character in a series of short films, actually commercials, directed by a bunch of big names including Ang Lee, John Woo, Guy Ritchie (who used his wife at the time, Madonna, in his episode) and the late John Frankenheimer? The series ran online and in movie theaters from 2001-2002.

Now BMW is bringing it all back. I’m told the first director is the great Gus van Sant of “Good Will Hunting” and “Drugstore Cowboy” fame. This time, the series is about a couple. van Sant is looking now for big star names in their mid-30s. The man could be a little older. Sources say they’re looking for actors right on the cutting edge or maybe an older actor who’s acquired some hipness.

Knowing van Sant, he could choose James Franco or maybe even Matt Dillon.


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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