Keith Bunin

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Hollywood mainstay Philip Seymour Hoffman (My Boyfriend’s Back) is one of the best loved actors working today. Not only has he established himself as a strong character actor over the course of his prolific career, but over the past decade or so he has also proven that he has what it takes to be a leading man. And his latest starring vehicle, The Master, just opened this past weekend and broke some per screen average records at the box office. It’s safe to say that his legacy has been solidified as far as being a thespian goes (barring a De Niro-esque slide into late-career self-parody). As a director though, the man’s career is fledgling. So far he’s stepped behind the camera just once, for 2010’s Jack Goes Boating, a film that didn’t exactly tear it up either critically or commercially. It looks like he’s getting another chance to prove that he’s just as vital a presence behind the scenes as he is at the center of the scenes, however, as Variety is reporting that he’s just signed on to direct a 2011 Black List script called Ezekiel Moss (written by Keith Bunin).

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For fans (if there is such a thing?) for renegade airplane-hijackers, no one is as revered as D.B. Cooper, the perpetrator of the U.S.’s only unsolved case of air piracy. On November 24, 1971, Cooper (or whatever his real name was), hijacked a Boeing 727 as it flew between Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Cooper used the old “I have a bomb” note trick, which led to his taking over the plane, having it land in Seattle for a refuel and to pick up $200,000 in cash, and setting the crew on a course to Mexico City. Cooper didn’t make it to Mexico, though, as he disappeared early in the flight and is believed to have parachuted out of the plane after about twenty or so minutes in the air. Cooper is also not believed to have survived his jump, but that has not stopped the FBI from maintaining an active case file and it also has not stopped people from claiming to know (or even be) Cooper himself. The Cooper case is, of course, ripe for a cinematic adaptation. Deadline Tacoma reports that CBS Films is in the midst of making a deal for the rights to Geoffrey Gray‘s bestseller “Skyjack: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper.” The book is billed as “an action-comedy” that tells Cooper’s story through the voice of three people who all claim to be him. The film version of Skyjack will be penned by Keith Bunin, with Easy A and Friends With Benefits director Will […]

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published: 04.19.2014
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