Thursday, April 18, 2024

Kirk Kerkorian Armenian Genocide Movie Update: Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac to Star


update tuesday 1:53pm: Sad to report Mr. Kerkorian has passed away at age 98. Ironic timing of the movie news. stay tuned…

I told you in February that billionaire Kirk Kerkorian was funding an epic about the Armenian genocide. I said an Oscar nominated director and screenwriter were already attached to the project. I couldn’t tell you then that Terry George, of “Hotel Rwanda” fame, would direct. He asked me not to at the time because the politics were sensitive. He did tell me, “I think the best way to describe it is a WW1 love story, in the style of Dr. Zhivago and Reds, ┬áset against the backdrop of the Armenian genocide.”

The movie will be shot in Spain.

Today I can tell you that Terry is the director, and Robin Swicord is the writer. In addition, Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac will co-star in the film, called “The Promise.” Mike Medavoy will be lead producer. Bale and Isaac will be part of a romantic triangle with a yet- to-be announced actress.

When I wrote the original story on February 26, the response I got– and the story got– was overwhelming. This could be a big epic hit. I expect with this updated news, a studio will become involved shortly.

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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