week in review digest
Empty'Sky' is falling to Caro
NEW YORK — Niki Caro will adapt and direct Ken Dornstein's memoir "The Boy Who Fell Out of the Sky" for producer Richard Suckle and Mosaic Media Group's Charles Roven for Warner Bros. Pictures (HR 3/28). Caro, who directed the critically acclaimed films "Whale Rider" and "North Country," will tell the story of Dornstein's brother David, who died with 269 others in the 1988 Pam Am Flight 103 airline terrorist bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland. The film also will follow the story of Ken Dornstein, who learns more about his older brother and comes to terms with the tragedy after discovering hundreds of thousands of words that David, a promising writer, left behind.
Ferran gives Regard to Cannes
PARIS — French helmer Pascale Ferran will chair the Un Certain Regard jury at May's 60th annual Festival de Cannes, organizers said Wednesday (HR 3/29). Ferran's "Lady Chatterley" was an awards-season favorite this year, taking home five Cesar Awards, including best film, as well as France's prestigious Prix Louis-Delluc award. Ferran made her debut at the Cannes fest in 1990 with her short film "The Kiss," returned in 1992 as screenwriter for Arnaud Desplechin's In Competition title "The Sentinel" and took home the Camera d'Or Prize in 1994 for her first feature, "Coming to Terms With the Dead."
China focus planned for '08 Rome fest
ROME — The 2008 edition of the RomaCinemaFest will include a focus on China in honor of the Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, the office of Rome Mayor Walter Veltroni said last week (HR 3/28). Veltroni, in Beijing as part of a trade and culture mission, signed an agreement with city officials regarding the 2008 fest, which will include a focus on films made in China and those featuring the country prominently.
Winstone digging in for 'Indy 4'
Ray Winstone is joining the expedition for the fourth installment of the Indiana Jones adventures (HR 3/28). The actor, who stars as the title character in Robert Zemeckis' upcoming "Beowulf," has signed on for a major role in the untitled film being referred to as "Indy 4." Though the film's plot is being closely guarded, sources said Winstone will play star Harrison Ford's sidekick. Cate Blanchett already has boarded the project — to be produced by Lucasfilm and directed by Steven Spielberg — in an undisclosed starring role (HR 3/16).
Whitaker on Searchlight's 'Night' watch
Forest Whitaker, fresh off his best actor Academy Award win for "The Last King of Scotland," is in final negotiations to reteam with Fox Searchlight for "The Night Watchman" (HR 3/28). Based on an original idea by James Ellroy, "Night" centers on a veteran LAPD cop (Keanu Reeves) who turns to alcohol after the death of his wife. The cop is forced to go up against his longtime mentor (Whitaker) when he is implicated in the execution of a fellow officer. David Ayer will direct.