Posted: May 23, 2013 by filmmusicreporter in Film Scoring Assignments
Dario Marianelli is currently scoring the upcoming drama A Long Way Down. The film based on the novel by Nick Hornby (About a Boy, High Fidelity) marks the English language directing debut of French filmmaker Pascal Chaumeil.
Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill and Imogen Poots are starring in the movie, which follows four strangers who meet on New Year’s Eve on the top of a London skyscraper, who each had intended to jump off but make a pact to stay alive and help each other. Jack Thorne adapted the material for the screen.
Finola Dwyer (An Education) and Amanda Posey (Fever Pitch) are producing the project for Wildgaze Films. Marianelli has previously collaborated with both producers on last year’s Quartet directed by Dustin Hoffman and starring Maggie Smith. Chaumeil’s last two movies Heartbreaker and Un plan parfait featured music by Klaus Badelt.
A Long Way Down is currently in post-production. No word yet on a premiere date.
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[** I did not include the pix from this article because they are already posted somewhere else in this thread **]
Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collett
Some shots here from last year of Pierce Brosnan and Toni Collet taken during filming of a Long way Down. The pictures are from one of the beach shoots where all four friends meet up and go for an impromptu dip.
The sea was not very warm and the stars were wrapped in blankets as soon as they came out of the water. Pierce was very chatty with all of the onlookers and signing autographs and having pictures taken with fans during breaks in filming.Toni on the other hand kept herself at a distance from the gathering crowd and did appear not to be too impressed with being asked for autographs.
Filming was over four days and we attended all, shooting for an agency. These are a few of the pictures that were published around the world and we were very pleased with the results and also at the professional way in which Pierce met and chatted with his fans. If only all of some of the so called “celebs ” had his presence and attitude !!
It's always great to hear how Pierce treats his fans and the respect that garners from them and those that work with celebrities. When you hear professionals like this speak so highly of his actions, you realize how rare that must be with others in the spotlight.
The British actress had her big break 11 years ago as a Bond girl in Die Another Day, and is set to be reunited on screen with the former 007 in the new film adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel.
The film is about four strangers who meet on New Year's Eve at the top of a London skyscraper where they all plan to jump off, but they make a pact to stay alive and help each other.
Rosmund revealed: "It was a joy to work with Pierce again. It'll add something to that little relationship we had in that film I think.
"It's a complicated relationship. We're daytime TV presenters and I think it's quite nice for people who were fans to think that Bond and Miranda Frost in another life could be a kind of Richard and Judy couple."
The blonde beauty also revealed how she had the chance to hone her fighting skills in Edgar Wright's new comedy The World's End.
She said: "We had a whole studio full of crash-mats and those vaulting horses you haven't seen since you were at school. And we did boxing training."
The film, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, is about a group of olds friends who reunite to relive an epic pub crawl in their home town, and end up battling robots who have taken over.
Rosamund said: "We had all the things you would usually see in a big action movie, but in our studio it was full of bar stools and picnic umbrellas!"
He'll also appear in the dramedy A Long Way Down, which is based on the popular Nick Hornby novel. The film co-stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Sam Neill and is set for release on February 14 2014 [in the UK].
Nick Hornby’s A Long Way Down planned for cinema release June 16, 2013 Last edit: June 28, 2013
It’s been a while since a Nick Hornby novel was adapted for cinematic release, but soon we’ll have a BBC Films adaptation of A Long Way Down to warm the cockles of our hard bitten hearts. Published in 2005, the book was another dark comedy from the man who brought us About A Boy, High Fidelity and Fever Pitch, so the movie should be another enshrouded, character rich, left-field comedy.
The scheduled release date isn’t until the 14th February 2014 (Valentine’s Day), so you’ll have a little while to wait to see the movie, however, BBC has announced a few details and early imagery to give Nick Hornby fans a taste of what to expect. French director, Pascal Chaumeil, will be taking the helm for the release following up on his 2012 comedy, Un Plan Parfait starring Diane Kruger (Inglorious Basterds).
Amanda Posey and Finola Dwyer, who were 2 of the producers for the last Nick Hornby novel adaptation, An Education, will be sharing the role for A Long Way Down.
The story starts out with depression at its heart as former minor TV celebrity Martin Sharp (Pierce Brosnan) heads out on New Years Eve to throw himself off the top of a London high rise apartment. What he doesn’t realise is that his chosen implement of death is quite a popular final destination. With single mum on a wire Maureen, played by Toni Collette (who had a similar role in About A Boy), troubled teenager Jess (Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love) and failing musician come pizza delivery boy JJ (Aaron Paul – Mission: Impossible III) all up on the rooftop with the same plan, Martin has a whole new situation on his hands.
As well as Sam Neil, former bond girl, Rosamund Pike (An Education & The World’s End), is also set to star in the film as Martin’s former colleague Penny, who he’s having an affair with. Following the breakup of his marriage and 3 month prison term he served for making the mistake of sleeping with a girl aged 15 years and 250 days, his life is in ruins, but with his new gang of suicidal strangers they decide join together to make through until Valentine’s Day.
The novel itself received mixed reviews and considering the cast and the director, the movie could go the same way too. However, it should still have the elements of dark comedy and serious questions that made the book such a hit.
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A Long Way Down: Does Pierce Brosnan play Martin by the book?
Martin (Pierce Brosnan) leads Maureen (Toni Collette), JJ (Aaron Paul) and Jesse (Imogene Poots) across a bridge in a scene from A Long Way Down.
I really can't get Nick Hornby's A Long Way Down, the story of "four lost souls who connect just when they've reached the end of the line" out of my head. In my last Long Way Down post I took a look at JJ; the musician who will be played by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul in the upcoming screen adaptation. While JJ was the character that probably delivered the biggest bang for my emotional investment (plus he's a reader, irresistible) it's Martin's world-weary, privileged but accurate and honest point of view that grounds us.
We know Martin is a cynical, immoral man with a well-earned negative view of himself; we know he had sex with a 15 year old and went to prison for rape; he tells us so right from the get go. Martin opens the novel with a speech I shared in my first A Long Way Down post; I'll include again here in 'Part Twoish' of my take on the book.
"Can I explain why I wanted to jump off the top of a tower block? Of course I can explain why I wanted to jump off a tower block. I'm not a bloody idiot."
Pierce Brosnan sporting a faux black eye for the filming of A Long Way Down
And he's not; indeed Hornby uses Martin's character - the host ex-host of a morning television show - as our reporter and commentator. As despicable as his actions were, it's probably through his jaded eyes that we most us would filter the other characters in the foursome. t's almost as if we're watching the story of Martin and friends play out on the news, Martin acting as an 'embed' translating what's happening to us, the reader/viewer.
Depressing and tawdry though it may be, Martin knows how the world works and what expectations come with the deal. He KNOWS it is not at all okay for a man his age to sleep with a 15 year old. Period. No excuse. In fact it's the lack of excuse that leaves him suicidal. In his view, what else can he do? In an odd way it's his lack of self-forgiveness that helps us cut him some slack. Enough!
Now if you loved this book - as I did - the thought of the sixty year old Pierce Brosnan taking on the role of Martin is probably taking you back a bit. It did me. In Hornby's novel Martin reads as forty-something; still horrible but not sixty. I adore - I do! - Brosnan but even the idea of James Bond with a 15 year old is too creepy for words - and even creepier onscreen. So what will they do? Do you think they'll play it as written in Hornby's moving book? Or will they Hollywood-ize it, re-shaping Martin's central crime so that his character does something extremely loathsome but somehow more palatable to his fans?
Ooh interesting. I would hope they'd keep Martin's wrong-doings pretty much as they are in the book because whilst there is a fair age gap between the character in the book and Pierce's actual age, I think Pierce is capable of pulling it off acting-wise. Whether or not people will be able to look past it being 'James Bond' who's done these things is another matter.
So I'll gently rise and I'll softly call, goodnight and joy be with you all.