Kate Beckinsale is interviewed by Peter Travers for Popcorn with Peter Travers. Whit Stillman’s Love & Friendship opens in the UK on Friday and Nationwide in the USA on Friday as well. It is also opening in Ireland on Friday as well.
Steve ‘Frosty’ Weintraub at Collider interviews Whit Stillman about his new show, the outlook on the possibility of a Barcelona Blu-ray and the status of his Jane Austen film titled, Love and Friendship.
Then they get comedy executives Joe Lewis and Sara Babineau and they are talking to me about doing a series or something and they have the idea that they want to something in Paris and they called me. They called me last summer in July. They wanted to do something in Paris. I think they had some property they were thinking of buying or optioning and having me rewrite it and I said, “I have so many stories in Paris.” I’ve forever been pitching these stories in the states and they’d say they’d never do something abroad, I have to change all the characters to be in New York. So I was doing all these Paris stories in New York – not all of them, but I’d had one.
I read a previous interview with you and you said that you envision this as six episodes if it goes.
STILLMAN: I thought it was going to be more, I thought they were going to want to see ten episodes – this pilot, plus nine. I’m not sure if it’s just for planning the series bible, or if they want know six episodes ahead, or if it’s only a six episode order. I think it might just be a six episode order, which would be ideal because I could potentially write the whole thing and fine tune it. So I kind of like the idea of six episodes. It’s like a very long film in chapters.
So you definitely landed financing or is it still being figured out?
STILLMAN: I’m trying to get a little more money and I have a lot of friend types that have always said they know people that want to put money into one of my films and they’re now talking to those people. So I’ll see if those people come in or if we get a little bit more money from someone else. We have enough to shoot it, but I’d like to scale up a little bit and not scale back. We’re doing it really economically already. I think it’s an incredibly good deal for investors, because we’re going to do a really good Jane Austen period film for very little money and it will look beautiful because the locations are beautiful, the actresses are beautiful, and digital cameras are beautiful [laughs].
Robert Bodrog at filmfestivals.com caught up with Whit Stillman at the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium in Dublin last Saturday. He dug up some news that has yet to be reported about Stillman’s most recent projects.
First off The Cosmopolitans if greenlit (please remember to vote for it when it is released) will have 10 episodes ordered. Stillman noted that the show will be more similar to Stillman’s first three films.
To read more news about Whit Stillman’s upcoming Love and Friendship project, please check out the full article.
Whit Stillman recently attended the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium, and is set to be at the Champs-Elysess Film Festival to have a master class and show three of his four films. Lastly, he is also referenced on a sports website of all places.
Variety article by Andrew Barker on Whit Stillman’s involvement at this years Champs-Elysees Film Festival:
Whit Stillman and Agnes Varda will both be present to field questions at screenings, while a TCM Cinema Essentials sidebar fills out the program with films from the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s.
I still get that rush when I see a Tarantino or Whit Stillman movie, I still buy every R.E.M. reissue that comes out and I’m still convinced someday, someone’s gonna figure out The X-Files. It’s my era.
Aisling Newton at IFTN reports on Whit Stillman attending the John Ford Ireland Film Symposium:
Participating directors are Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan), acclaimed UK director Ben Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers), IFTA nominated Kieron J. Walsh (When Brendan Met Trudy, Jump) and Vikings director Ken Girotti (who has just started this week on the new season of the acclaimed show). Award-winning Irish Director Neasa Hardiman will chair this Discussion.
Stuart Kemp at the Hollywood Reporter writes about Stillman in Ireland as well:
It’s not all Wayne’s world, with panel discussions with directors and producers including Ben Wheatley and Whit Stillman also programmed.