Friday, April 12, 2024

Hyatt Heir’s $100 Mil Jazz Movie Is Back, Looking for Actresses with a “Fearless Acceptance of Full Nudity” And More


Bolden!” is back. The $100 million plus movie about obscure jazz musician Buddy Bolden is going to be re-shot this fall. The “Citizen Kane” type producer-director-writer of this fiasco is Dan Pritzker, heir to the Hyatt Hotel chain.

He shot the entire movie, starring Anthony Mackie, seven years ago. But then he didn’t like it, and decided to re-shoot it.That was a problem, however, since Mackie has become a big star, and was busy doing other things. The actor declined an offer to return. Pritzker had to recast, so he hired Gary Carr, the unknown actor who played a jazz singer last season on “Downton Abbey.”

Now a source tells me the casting call for this fall’s re-do, and it comes with something I’ve never heard expressed quite this way before. All the women being sought must have “fearless acceptance of full nudity” and not only that. They must also have “fearless acceptance of simulated sex acts.”

The warning to casting agents, says my source: “Don’t submit anyone who’s uncomfortable with this.”

All this to depict the life of Buddy Bolden, who must be heaven telling Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, and Duke Ellington this story with great bemusement. I’m sure they’re getting a kick out of it, too. Apparently, in the new version of the film Buddy will have a a quartet of “ravenous women” who are loyal followers and sexual partners. (In real life, Buddy Bolden spent his post jazz years, 1907-31, in a sanitarium, where he suffered from alcoholism and schizophrenia.)

All of this is going to be directed toward Carr, who somehow doesn’t exude this voracious ladies’ man quality. But Pritzker obviously knows what he’s doing.



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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