Sunday, April 21, 2024

Eccentric Hyatt Hotels Heir Is Really Re-Shooting His Whole $100 Mil Jazz Movie


Dan Pritzker is really going for it. He scrapped an entire $100 million movie, all shot, starring Anthony Mackie as obscure jazz musician Buddy Bolden.

As I was the first to report, Pritzker decided to re-shoot the whole shooting match. Cost be damned. Pritzker is heir to the Hyatt Hotels fortune.

He cast Gary Carr, the singer from “Downton Abbey,” a mostly unknown, to play Bolden. He’s also hired Nelsan Ellis, from “True Blood” and the new James Brown movie, “Get on Up.”

I’m told today Pritzker sent out a casting notice for Buddy Bolden’s wife and mother in law. That may surprise Milauna Jackson, who was hired to play Nora Bolden. The new shoot will commence this fall in Chicago.

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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