EXCLUSIVE: Anthony Tambakis, who teamed with Gavin O’Connor and Cliff Dorfman to write the underrated film Warrior, has sold his novel Swimming With Bridgeport Girls to Simon & Schuster for spring 2013 publication. This comes at a time when Tambakis and O’Connor are teamed on a stage play adaptation of The Hustler, the Walter Tevis novel that was turned into the 1961 pool hustler film that starred Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason. Tambakis and O’Connor are writing it and eyeing a Broadway bow, with Renee Zellweger aboard to play Sarah Packard, Fast Eddie Felson’s companion.
Swimming With Bridgeport Girls is a romantic comedy about a charismatic young gambler who loses everything and sets off on a quest to win back his wife, using a faulty recollection of the climax of The Great Gatsby as his inspiration. Tambakis will adapt the novel for the screen, and The Gotham Group will produce.
On the Warrior front, I am surprised that it is generating no awards-season buzz, especially for what should have been a breakout performance by Tom Hardy. Joel Edgerton and Nick Nolte were also on top of their games in this tragic father-son-brother triangle.
Lifetime has teamed with Renée Zellweger for Cinnamon Girl, a period drama series project set against the backdrop of the Los Angeles music and movie scenes of the late 1960s/early 1970s, which Lifetime president Nancy Dubuc called “a game changer” for the cable network. Oscar winner Zellweger co-created Cinnamon Girl with Anthony Tambakis (Warrior). The drama tells the story of four girls — Cassie, Lola, Penny and Lou — coming of age during a revolution and explores the characters’ lives at the crossroads of the era’s political, artistic, social and sexual rebellions. The genesis of the idea for project is a combination of Zellweger’s real-life journey from small-town Texas to Hollywood stardom and Tambakis’ lifelong fascination with both the Laurel Canyon music scene and the New Hollywood, auteur-driven era that began in the late ‘60s. Zellweger and Tambakis will executive produce Cinnamon Girl with Gavin O’Connor, who co-wrote Warrior with Tambakis and directed the movie. CAA-repped Zellweger and Tambakis will co-write the story, with Tambakis writing the script, O’Connor directing and Danny Bramson (Almost Famous) serving as producer and music supervisor. “Renée’s passion, clarity of character and deep emotion for this project immediately transported us to the late ‘60s/early ‘70s and created a resonance with us wanting to relive that energy,” Dubuc said. “Cinnamon Girl is a game changer for our network and is exactly the type of show we want to deliver.” The changes at Lifetime were key … Read More »