Luhrman's Period Piece Gets Bumped from Production Slate

Baz Luhrmann, director of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge, was planning to get his 1930's period piece underway this September, but budgeting woes, and the tenuous availability of stars Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, have conspired to send the project into development hell ... for the time being, anyway.

Says The Hollywood Reporter: "Baz Luhrmann's untitled 1930s period epic starring Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, which was eyeing a September start date in Australia, has been pushed back because of scheduling conflicts and budget debates with 20th Century Fox, sources have confirmed.

Crowe is set to star with Denzel Washington in Universal Pictures' American Gangster, and the project will begin filming in July in New York, according to Universal. That film is being directed by Crowe's Gladiator director Ridley Scott and is being produced by Brian Grazer, who also produced Gangster and Crowe's Cinderella Man. Because of the Gangster shooting schedule, while Crowe is committed to starring in the Luhrmann project, he could be unavailable to start another film in September. "When Baz is ready, I'm there," Crowe told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Gangster itself is getting a second incarnation. It originally was to have been directed by Antoine Fuqua with Washington starring as a Harlem heroin druglord and Benicio Del Toro as a New York City detective.

Kidman, meanwhile, began work this week on Noah Baumbach's untitled film for Paramount's specialty division and producer Scott Rudin. Set in New York state, the family drama co-stars Jack Black and Jennifer Jason Leigh as Kidman's sister."

Comments

VML

Victoria Leduc

Darn, that movie sounds pretty interesting because of Luhrman. I liked Romeo + Juliet (yet I really hated the dialogue. The actors and actresses had no idea what they were saying!) and Moulin Rouge was okay (the songs were unoriginal though).

Apr 5 - 08:19 AM

wiggins

Matt Wiggins

not to be nitpicky, but the second sentence of the third paragraph makes no sense.
"That film is being directed by Crowe's Gladiator director Ridley Scott and is being produced by Brian Grazer, who also produced Gangster and Crowe's Cinderella Man"
so Brian Grazer who produced American Gangster is also producing American Gangster.

?

Apr 6 - 12:16 AM

ommega

Omar Gonzalez

Heh, I didn't pick that the first time I read it.

Apr 6 - 01:15 AM

ommega

Omar Gonzalez

Heh, I didn't pick that the first time I read it.

Apr 6 - 01:15 AM

lovelykeira

Ken Schrock

That sucks that this is going into development hell, I liked Luhrman's Romeo + Juliet, but I do want to see Crowe's American Gangster more.

Apr 6 - 12:44 PM

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