Directors Pick Their Projects

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It's business as usual for Woody, back to France for Michel, a Midwest road trip for Alexander and overtime for a suddenly prolific Terrence.

Woody Allen, Midnight In Paris

The 76-year-old filmmaker already has shot his Rome-set follow-up comedy Nero Fiddled, which Paris distributor Sony Pictures Classics will release sometime this year. He typically writes, shoots and releases one film per year, but he has yet to start casting his next project.

Michel Hazanavicius, The Artist

The French filmmaker, 44, co-directed Les Infideles, a short-film anthology, with his Artist star Jean Dujardin. It will open in France on Feb. 29 and then in the U.S. via The Weinstein Co. For his next project, he is developing a drama to star his Artist actress and wife, Berenice Bejo.

Terrence Malick, The Tree Of Life

The reclusive director, 68, has two films in the can, Voyage of Time and an untitled drama that stars Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, though neither film has a release date. He is preparing to start production on the self-penned dramas Knight of Cups and Lawless, which will shoot in the summer and fall, respectively.

Alexander Payne, The Descendants

The 51-year-old filmmaker, who took seven years between directing Sideways and Descendants, has said his next project will be the father-son road-trip drama Nebraska, for Bona Fide Productions and Paramount, which he hopes to shoot in black-and-white back in his Midwestern hood.

Martin Scorsese, Hugo

Scorsese, 69, is considering several projects; one possibility is the real-life-based crime story The Wolf of Wall Street, with frequent collaborator Leonardo DiCaprio starring and producing. He also remains an executive producer on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, which shoots its third season this year.


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