Craig Brewer

Gangster Heiress

Clunky title aside, Craig Brewer‘s next project sounds pretty damn great. Brewer is now set to write and direct an adaptation of Sabrina Rubin Erdely’s Rolling Stone article of the same name, saddling Brewer with The Gangster Princess of Beverly Hills as a title to add to his resume. Let’s shorten that one maybe. The true-life story centers on Lisette Lee, a total nobody who lied and cheated her way into Hollywood by pretending to be an actress, Korean pop singer, professional heiress, Paris Hilton hater, and model – and, yes, while that sounds like something most people in Hollywood already do, Lee topped all of that by adding in another lie, that she was the heir to, of all things, the Samsung fortune. Lee wasn’t any of those things (well, she might have been one of them, guess which!) – she was a drug mule, and all her lies finally came to light when she was found attempting to smuggle some weed into Ohio – five hundred pounds of weed – which ultimately landed her in jail. For Brewer, who last directed Footloose but who is probably best known for fare like Hustle & Flow and Black Snake Moan, this is a great fit for his talents, and we can’t wait to see the final product. You can read the entire Rolling Stone article, originally published on August 31 of last year, right HERE. It is fascinating. [Deadline Hollywood, via ComingSoon]



In a roundabout spiral of movie news from Cinema Blend via The Playlist via Deadline Barsoom, we are seeing another explosion of development frenzy. This time, instead of competing movies about Snow White or The Wizard of Oz, there are now multiple Tarzan movies getting put through the development wringer. According to the story, screenwriter Adam Cozad (Untitled Jack Ryan Reboot/Remake/Redo/Rehash) talks about his script for Tarzan generating interest from some major directors, including David “Four Harry Potters” Yates and Gary “Only One Hunger Games” Ross. Suzanne White, who is most known for her work on television but recently directed Nanny McPhee Returns, has also expressed interest. This film would be the second one in development, based on Edgar Rice Burroughs’ famous novels about a boy stranded in the African jungle, raised by great apes. Craig Brewer (Footloose and Hustle & Flow) is already developing his own version of the story based on his own script and starring Twilight beefcake Kellan Lutz. No word yet whether Lutz as the title character will rap or sparkle in this film, but it is hard out here for a pimp ape man.



This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr gets ready to celebrate Halloween in style with some horror releases… and he’s not just thinking of Footloose. Unhappy with his life, he follows the bucket list path of Steve Martin, Owen Wilson and Jack Black, traveling to the bottom of the world where he finds himself in a small Antarctic town that has outlawed dancing. So Kevin takes it upon himself to help the people get their groove on only to discover they’ve been taken over an alien species that duplicate human form. Later, he takes a trip back to the heartland where he finds a feral woman chained in a cellar… pretty standard for some of the towns he’s been to. Finally, not being able to find a theater that is still playing Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), he checks it out On Demand and promptly throws up.



When Craig Brewer was announced to direct the Footloose remake, there were a more than a few heads being scratched. The director behind the fantastic Hustle & Flow as well as the excellent fable Black Snake Moan taking on material which is considered by most to be cheesy was a surface-level surprise. But once you dig deep into the original, there are more than a few themes that tie to Brewer’s work — expressing yourself through art, family issues, sexuality, etc. There are some mature themes in the original. Themes that didn’t quite hit their mark. However, Brewer managed to make those themes fly. The 1984 film had major tonal issues. After witnessing Chris Penn have a five-minute dance montage, you see Ariel (now played by Julianne Hough) get beaten by her boyfriend. Dance montages and girlfriend beatings usually don’t go hand in hand, tonally speaking. This time around, there’s a real care for tone. Footloose is a movie that has its cake and eats it too. Apologies for that dreadful expression, but it’s true. It strives for a seriousness, which is earned. Brewer also aims to make a great crowd-pleaser, and that’s where the film exceeds wonderfully. As someone who despises not only High School kids, but also dancing, I never thought I’d say, “That’s cool,” when the two joined forces.



Craig Brewer isn’t exactly a household name yet, but he’s directed a few films that people know and like. He was behind Samuel L. Jackson chaining up a scantily clad Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan, he helped Terrence Howard go from pimping to rapping in Hustle & Flow, and he’s even done a couple episodes of cable series like The Shield and Terriers. But it’s his upcoming remake of Footloose that has him in demand and fielding new opportunities left and right. That’s right, he remade Footloose, and industry people are loving it and throwing offers his way. That’s gotta be some good Footloose. So, given that Brewer now has a modicum of control over what his next project is going to be, what will he choose? He’s going to go after his dream of course, his passion project; he’s going to make a Tarzan movie. Warner Bros has been trying to get a new version of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s vine swinging, monkey loving, battle cry yelling hero together for quite a while. Probably because Tarzan is a name of something that people have heard, so clearly it’s a concept rife for another film treatment. While several attempts haven’t worked out, it now looks like they may have found their man. Brewer has come up with a treatment for the character that will tell the story of Tarzan over not just one, but three films. And he’s hoping to not only write the scripts, but make these movies his […]



Craig Brewer needs a hero. He’s holding out for a hero ’til the end of the night. Fortunately, according to the fancy press release from Universal I received earlier today via our Mojo Machine, his wait is over. Plus, he’ll be getting a lot more than one hero. Frankly, there’s not much to say about the young talent that’s taking over the iconic Kevin Bacon role in the new version of Footloose or the not-as-iconic Lori Singer role. The first is Kenny Wormald who has appeared as a dancer in a few movies and on “Dancelife.” The second is Julianne Hough who was on “Dancing with the Stars” and other episodes of “Dancing with the Stars.”



According to Variety, Craig Brewer (of Hustle and Flow and Black Snake Moan acclaim) will be jumping on to direct and rewrite Paramount’s Footloose remake. Brewer will start casting immediately for a summer shooting start.

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published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015
published: 01.25.2015

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