Sunday, May 19, 2024

Exclusive: Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes Movie Gets a Distributor (Fox) Now Needs a Title, Release Date


EXCLUSIVE Warren Beatty’s “Howard Hughes” movie will be distributed by 20th Century Fox. The romantic comedy still needs a title and a release date.

Sources tell me that the film may yet be included in the Cannes Film Festival. “It’s done,” says a source, who added, “He’s– (Warren)– is great in it.”

A little update: Beatty himself has contacted me to say the film will not be going to Cannes after all.

New Regency, Fox and RatPac– the latter company is having a hit right now with “Batman vs. Superman”– financed the film. They’re eager for it to be released. The film stars Beatty, Annette Bening, and a big all star cast but focuses on two star crossed lovers played by Alden Ehrenreich and Lily Collins. Ehrenreich turns out to be a savvy choice for Beatty. He shined in the Coens’ “Hail Caesar” and may turn out to be the breakout star of 2016.

Beatty is notoriously indecisive about how and when to release films. But a Cannes centerpiece screening and a real red carpet premiere would do the trick here to give him confidence. Plus, I’m only hearing good things.

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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