Daniel Radcliffe Wants To Direct A Script He Wrote About His Experience In Hollywood

Daniel Radcliffe grew up in the spotlight. He was Harry Potter after all! His childhood was filled with wizards, red carpets, screaming fans, and private planes.

He could have easily turned to drugs and alcohol like other childhood stars, but somehow, Radcliffe turned out to be incredibly normal. Since starring in the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise, the 32-year-old actor has mostly starred in unique indie films, save for his most recent movie ‘The Lost City’ — a blockbuster comedy starring Channing Tatum and Sandra Bullock.

And now, after acting for the better part of his life, Radcliffe wants to direct. During the Empire Podcast, he revealed that he recently wrote a script and hopes to direct it within the next two years.

I’m hopefully going to direct. It will be in a couple of years’ time, because the next 18 months at least are pretty much accounted for already.

He did not reveal the genre of the script, but he did say it’s set in a world he’s been a part of for the last 20-plus years of his life.

People always say, ‘Write what you know’. I’ve had a very unrelatable life, so I don’t want to write that. But I have found a way of writing something that is kind of connected to the film industry, about that.

He also made it clear he wouldn’t be acting in the film. He wants to focus all of his attention on directing.

I would like to just direct, for two reasons – partly because I’ve never done it before, and I wouldn’t want to be thinking about both those things at the same time. But more practically, because when you direct a film, you have to watch that film a thousand times afterwards in the edit, and no part of me wants to watch my face that much. I’ll skip that.

Zendaya Reveals She Wants To Direct A Romance Film About Two Black Girls Falling In Love

We all know Zendaya is super talented. She can sing, dance, act, produce and the list goes on and on. So it shouldn’t surprise you to learn that she has dreams of directing a feature flick.

During a recent conversation with Colman Domingo for Interview Magazine, she spoke about her plans for the future. She admitted that she doesn’t exactly have an outline planned, but she’s focused on doing things that make her happy and bring her joy.

This includes directing…

The idea of trying to direct in the future excites me. That’s why I’m on set so much. When I’m not in it, I’m right there trying to learn.  I go around and I ask our crew members, ‘What are you doing today? Can you explain it to me?’ Because we’ve got some real vets in the game.

She then talked what her first film would be about, expressing interest in creating a simple love story about two black girls. She talked about wanting to avoid the trauma of “coming out,” which is what most LGBTQ+ storylines focus on.

The project would be ‘something simple and beautiful, that leaves you happy and wanting to fall in love yourself.’ The project would be a coming-of-age story that includes the humor and awkwardness of adolescence that Zendaya says she hasn’t seen any depictions of in film or TV.

Sounds like she’s speaking to my heart. I love a simple love story. The ‘Before‘ trilogy is one of my favorites.

I have no doubt Zendaya will make this happen. Never doubt her.

Kristen Stewart Has Started Casting For Her Directorial Debut ‘The Chronology Of Water’

Kristen Stewart is having a year, or at least she will be having a year once ‘Spencer‘ is released next month. Most experts agree that she’ll receive a ‘Best Actress’ nomination for her performance in the film, and it will be well deserved if/when it happens.

But not only can Stewart act, she can apparently direct as well? Or at least she’s trying. She has plans to make her feature directorial debut with the upcoming adaptation of the ‘Chronology of Water’ memoir.

Originally published in 2010, check out the description for the memoir:

Lidia Yuknavitch expertly moves the reader through issues of gender, sexuality, violence, and the family from the point of view of a lifelong swimmer turned artist. In writing that explores the nature of memoir itself, her story traces the effect of extreme grief on a young woman’s developing sexuality that some define as untraditional because of her attraction to both men and women. Her emergence as a writer evolves at the same time and takes the narrator on a journey of addiction, self-destruction, and ultimately survival that finally comes in the shape of love and motherhood.

During a recent episode of the ‘Variety Awards Circuit Podcast’ Stewart talked about how they’re currently trying to find the film’s lead.

We’re casting right now. We’ve been putting together and have been thinking about this for a really long time. I’m so stoked. It’s taken the time it’s needed. Some of these take a decade to put together. I just jump every gun in my life and start talking about stuff before they’re really relevant, but it’s more relevant than ever. Now we’re casting the movie. We’re finding our Lidia Yuknavitch.

Stewart has no plans to star in the movie herself, but she is leaving the door open for a potential guest appearance.

She also revealed that she was taking the project out to potential investors this month.

We don’t need that much. It’s a really small movie. It’s something I would have wanted to be cast in when I was younger.

No word on when they’re hoping to film this project, but if everything goes right, Stewart could be in the directing chair sometime in 2022.

It’s Official: Michael B. Jordan Will Make Directorial Debut With ‘Creed 3’

You see the article right below this one? Talking about how most actors want to be directors? Well, here is another example!

For the past year, there was a rumor floating around that Michael B. Jordan was going to direct Creed 3. No one could report on it officially though, because it had not been confirmed.

Well, now it’s confirmed. The 34-year-old actor will make his directorial debut with the threequel, which is expected to be released on Thanksgiving 2022.

Jordan released the following statement:

Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right. Creed III is that moment — a time in my life where I’ve grown more sure of who I am, holding agency in my own story, maturing personally, growing professionally, and learning from the Greats like Ryan Coogler, most recently Denzel Washington, and other top tier directors I respect. All of which sets the table for this moment. This franchise and in particular the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me

And I mean, it kinda makes sense. No one knows this franchise better than him, so why not give him control?

For those who don’t remember, the first ‘Creed’ film hit theaters back in 2015 to rave reviews and a stellar box office run. The second film was released in 2018, and it too received mostly positive reviews.

Jordan is hoping he can keep those good reviews and $$$ flowing.

Toni Collette Set To Make Directorial Debut With Film Adaptation Of Novel ‘Writers And Lovers’

If it feels like every actor dreams of being a director, well, that’s probably because most do.

The latest actor to enter the world of directing is Toni Collette. The Oscar-nominated actress will make her feature directorial debut with an adaptation of Lily King’s bestselling novel, Writers And Lovers.

The novel, which was released back in 2020, follows a character by the name of Casey Peabody…

An underemployed, aspiring novelist in 1990’s Boston whose world is rocked by a recent love affair and her mother’s sudden death. Her life becomes more complicated as she then falls for two very different men at the same time.

Collette will also serve as producer and co-writer. She’ll be working on the script with Nick Payne.

She released the following statement:

I have been wanting to direct for quite some time but have been a bit busy with my day job. l couldn’t be more thrilled to be bringing Lily King’s beautiful, funny, moving novel to life. It’s an empowering story that speaks to me as a woman and an artist. It’s ultimately about coming to know and believe in oneself.

No word on a potential release date, but we’ll keep you posted.

Elizabeth Banks Set To Direct Thriller ‘Cocaine Bear’ Based On True Story

Elizabeth Banks, the actress-turned-director, who directed Pitch Perfect 2 and the most recent Charlie’s Angels, has found her next directing gig.

And it’s safe to say, she’s going in a new direction. She will direct the bear-centric thriller, Cocaine Bear, which is inspired by events that took place in Kentucky back in 1985.

The true story, as reported in 1985 by The New York Times, was that a 175-pound black bear consumed the contents of a duffle bag filled with more than 70 pounds of cocaine that was dropped from an airplane by a local drug smuggler, Andrew Thornton. The bear was later found dead of an apparent drug overdose.

How are they turning this into a movie? Well, since they’re describing it as a thriller, one might assume they’re going to have a crazed, cocaine-fueled bear terrorizing some hikers in the woods? But that’s just a guess. Plot details have not been released.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller will produce the film. It looks like this movie is still early in the production stage, as no cast members have been announced yet.

We’ll keep you posted.

Creed 2 Is Happening And Sylvester Stallone Just Announced He Will Be Directing It!

Some huge news just dropped on the Rocky/Creed franchise. We assumed a sequel to the 2015 film would happen, but now we have official word from Sylvester Stallone that a Creed 2 is in the making.

Not only did he announce the sequel, he also revealed that he will be the one directing it. You may remember that Ryan Coogler directed the first Creed film, and it was a hit with the critics. It received a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Heck, Stallone received an Academy Award nomination for his supporting role in the film.

Stallone announced the exciting news on his Instagram account. He posted a picture of himself standing next to Michael B. Jordan, “Looking forward to directing and producing the incredibly talented Michael B. Jordan in CREED 2 next year…One more round!”

 

I am excited for this; however, I hope Stallone really means ONE more round. Just one. I don’t want this turning into some Fast & Furious sh*t, where it starts with simple boxing matches and ends with Jordan fighting aliens on Mars.

No release date has been announced, but if they begin filming next year as the post suggests, then it will probably be released in 2019. We’ll keep you posted.

How do you feel about the news? Are you excited Stallone will be directing the project?

Jonah Hill Making His Directorial Debut With Skateboarding Film Set In The ’90s

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Jonah Hill went from an actor who yelled, “Ask me about my wiener!” while dressed in a ridiculous hot dog costume, to insinuating that his back was actually located on his penis, to starring in Oscar-nominated films with Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.

It’s safe to say Mr. Hill is an incredibly talented dude, and now he’s going to get the chance to show off his directing skills. The 32-year-old actor will move behind the camera to direct his coming-of-age film “Mid ’90s.”

As Variety reports, plot details are not clear right now, but sources confirm the movie will follow a young skateboarder and his group of skater friends in 1990s Los Angeles. The source also reports that Hill will not be acting in the movie.

The report also claims, “The film will be produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush with their frequent collaborators A24,” which is obviously great news for Hill. He’s going to have an amazing support team.

We don’t know when filming is scheduled to start or who will star in the movie, but we’ll be sure to let you know once the information is released. It’s going to be interesting to see the finished product. Hill has admitted in the past to being interested in directing, but claims he has trouble giving directions to actors.

Ben Affleck Will Reportedly Star In, Direct And Co-Write ‘Batman’ Solo Movie

While everyone waits for DC’s Comic Con panel Saturday morning, Deadline released an interesting report that has Batman fans going crazy. According to the report, Ben Affleck has agreed to co-write a standalone Batman film with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

In addition to co-writing the script, Affleck will also direct and star in the movie. He will reportedly get to work on the project after he finishes his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night. Sources also claim Affleck and Johns are working well together, and they will likely have a script finished before the end of summer.

No release date has been announced, but some people believe it could hit theaters as soon as 2018. It will be the first solo film for Batman since The Dark Knight Rises was released in 2012.

Sources say this film will focus on Batman’s life after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League: Part One. (2017).

We will probably get an official announcement tomorrow morning during the big Comic Con event, and hopefully we see another clip from the upcoming Batman v Superman film. That’s all we really want. Well, I mean, if they wanted to release the movie 7-8 months early, that would also be cool.