by Roger Friedman
Stop the presses. I am told that Warren Beatty’s still untitled,
still unseen Howard Hughes movie may surface at one of the upcoming film
A source close to the production says nothing is solid. But “there’s a
chance” that Beatty may give in and show his film at either Venice,
Telluride or Toronto. Schedules for those festivals haven’t been
announced yet. And even when they are, the Beatty film could be a
“surprise” screening — especially in Toronto.
Shooting on the Hughes project ended over a year ago, and editing has
been going on ever since then. Beatty is a noted perfectionist who
doesn’t like to commit to anything. In the past, he’s waffled for some
time before letting a film go.
So far there’s no trailer, no teaser, not a single production photo,
nada. Not title. Beatty has done a good making the film as mysterious as
But this time Beatty does have substantial financial backers
including New Regency and James Packer-Brett Ratner’s RatPac. He also
has stars who’d like to see themselves on screen before too much time
passes, including his own Oscar nominated wife Annette Bening.
I have a strong, good feeling about this movie despite knowing almost
nothing about it. I am counting on Warren Beatty. We need him now more
PS I strongly object to that BBC list of all time best American
films. They left off “Reds,” one of the greatest epics of all time, as
well as “Shampoo” and “Heaven Can Wait”– not to mention Warren’s work in
“Splendor in the Grass.” Feh on Brit crits!