This would be Brewer's biggest project — in budget, scope of production, and every other way — yet and one that would almost certainly have him shooting outside the South — indeed, probably outside the country — for the first time.Footloose remake, scheduled for an October 14th release, were helpful in landing this high-profile, high-stakes gig.
If there's one thing we've learned from following Brewer's career, it's that getting a feature film off the ground is terribly complicated, and there's a mighty gulf between conception and completion. For now, Tarzan is another title in a lengthy list of previously announced Brewer projects — Maggie Lynn, Mother Trucker, Gang Leader for a Day, the Charley Pride biopic — that have been at various stages of development over the years. And Brewer still needs to finish a script for this one. But, with major studio muscle behind this and an apparent desire to create a new franchise, don't be surprised if Tarzan is the next Brewer project to begin actual production. More on this to come.
Orpheum Summer Series: The Orpheum's long-running "Summer Classic Movie Series" starts tonight with a 7:15 screening of the 1961 Audrey Hepburn vehicle Breakfast at Tiffany's. Classic movie screenings — featuring lots of the Orpheum regulars — will continue through early September. The schedule:
7:15 p.m. Friday 6/3 Breakfast at Tiffany's
7:15 p.m. Thursday 6/9 To Catch a Thief
7:15 p.m. Friday 6/10 The Big Lebowski
7:15 p.m. Thursday 6/23 An Affair to Remember
7:15 p.m. Thursday 8/4 Beauty Shop
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/5 Gone with the Wind
7:15 p.m. Thursday 8/18 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/19 The Wizard of Oz
7:15 p.m. Friday 8/26 Casablanca
8:00 p.m. Friday 9/2 Rocky Horror Picture Show
Additionally, the Orpheum is adding a second film series to play alongside the classic series, a "Memphis Film Fest" featuring six features shot in Memphis and two that are otherwise Memphis-connected (The Blind Side, set in Memphis but shot in Atlanta, and The Last Picture Show, featuring a breakout performance from a then-teen Cybil Shepherd). The schedule:
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/1 Hustle and Flow
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/7 The Firm
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/8 Last Picture Show
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/14 The Rainmaker
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/15 The Blind Side
7:15 p.m. Thursday 7/21 Great Balls of Fire
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/22 Memphis Heat
7:15 p.m. Friday 7/29 Walk the Line
Tickets for individual screenings are $7 for adults and $5 for children. See the Orpheum site for more details.
Sachs writes: "The film tells the story of two men in a decade-long relationship in New York City, and when completed will be one of a very few films that get made about contemporary gay life and love in America."
As of this morning, Sachs was less than $5,000 dollars away from his $25,000 goal, with eight days left in the campaign. To donate or learn more about the project, go here.
Brooks Screenings: The Brooks Museum of Art has a major screening coming up next Thursday, with two screenings of the acclaimed experimental documentary Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, both featuring live musical accompaniment. You can read more about this event in this week's Local Beat column. Here's a video preview:
Additionally, the Brooks will host a screening of last year's notable education doc Waiting for Superman next Tuesday, the late-’70s' New York DIY-filmmaking doc Blank City on June 12th, and the Indie Memphis sponsored Global Lens series starting June 16th. For more info on Brooks screenings, see the museum's event calendar.