What the Oscar Winners Are Doing Next

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THR takes a look at what this year’s Academy Award winners are doing next:

♦ Emile Sherman, Iain Canning and Gareth Unwin Best picture, The King’s Speech 
IN THE CAN: Canning and Sherman’s Sydney-based See-Saw Films has Oranges and Sunshine, a period drama about the British government’s deportation of orphans to Australia, set for release in April in the U.K. Unwin, who runs London-based Bedlam Prods., served as a line producer on The Flying Machine, a U.K. animated family film. 
UP NEXT: See-Saw is producing Shame, a drama from director/co-writer Steve McQueen starring Carey Mulligan and Michael Fassbender, which is filming in New York. 
ON THE RADAR: Canning and Sherman are developing American English, a romantic comedy from writer-director Ian Iqbal Rashid. Unwin is putting together The Lady Who Went Too Far, which could reteam him with King’s Speech scribe David Seidler.

Tom Hooper Best director, The King’s Speech
IN THE CAN: Nothing (he has been traveling the world in support of King’s Speech).
UP NEXT: Hooper hasn’t committed himself to another project.
ON THE RADAR: He is considering a pile of projects, including an adaptation of the Deborah Moggach novel Tulip Fever, about a 17th century artist’s affair with a subject, and a new version of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables.

Natalie Portman Best actress, Black Swan
IN THE CAN: She co-stars in Universal’s April 8 comedy Your Highness. Then there’s indie drama Hesher, which she produced, out April 15 via Wrekin Hill; and Thor, the Marvel/Paramount superhero actioner, on May 6.
UP NEXT: No set plans; her baby is due in late spring.
ON THE RADAR: Likely projects are Important Artifacts, a romantic comedy with Brad Pitt for Paramount (which she’s also producing), and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which she is producing for Lionsgate.

Colin Firth Best actor, The King’s Speech
IN THE CAN: Firth plays a spook hunting a mole in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, a thriller adapted from the 1974 John le Carre novel that Universal will release.
UP NEXT: He’ll shoot the crime comedy remake Gambit with Cameron Diaz in London in May; Joel and Ethan Coen scripted, and Michael Hoffman will direct.
ON THE RADAR: Firth is attached to star in Stoker, a drama for director Chan-wook Park at Fox Searchlight.

Melissa Leo Best supporting actress, The Fighter
IN THE CAN: Red State rolls out in October, and Leo co-stars in HBO’s mini Mildred Pierce, bowing March 27. Two indie films, Seven Days in Utopia and Francine, await release.
UP NEXT: Filming Season 2 of HBO’s Treme. Then she shoots the indie comedy Predisposed. She’ll also star on Broadway in a revival of Picnic.
ON THE RADAR: Sources say she’s eager to do The Dead Circus, a noirish crime drama from writer-director Adam Davenport, produced by John Palermo.

Christian Bale Best supporting actor, The Fighter
IN THE CAN: Nothing
UP NEXT: He’s shooting The 13 Women of Nanjing, a period drama from director Zhang Yimou. In May, he’ll don the Batsuit in The Dark Knight Rises for director Chris Nolan.

David Seidler Best original screenplay, The King’s Speech
IN THE CAN: Nothing
UP NEXT: He’s writing The Lady Who Went Too Far, a period drama for King’s Speech producer Gareth Unwin.

Aaron Sorkin Best adapted screenplay, The Social Network
IN THE CAN: He worked on Moneyball, Columbia’s baseball drama directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, set for release Sept. 23.
UP NEXT: He’s casting an HBO pilot he wrote that is set behind the scenes at a cable news show.
ON THE RADAR: Writing, producing and directing The Politician, about the events that led to former Sen. John Edwards’ grand jury probe about the misuse of campaign funds to cover up an affair, inspired by Andrew Young’s book.

 

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