The bombing of so many franchise movies this summer will lead studio suits to become even more timid and conservative, forecast James Toback at TCA Summer TV Press Tour 2013. They’re sure to conclude that the reason so many of them bombed was because they “tried too many different things” and need to “go back just to cartoon characters…We were too adventuresome,” he predicted they were saying to each other in meetings at studios as he spoke. He said he thought the “crisis” in the movie industry was “much bigger” than the pundits are saying. Oh, and movie theaters? Dead.
Toback came to press tour with Alec Baldwin to discuss their upcoming “cinematic romp” for HBO, Seduced And Abandoned. Toback and Baldwin star in the docu, about their attempt to make a film deal during the Cannes Film Festival, for a new version of Last Tango In Paris, set in the Middle East. Among those with whom they met: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Roman Polanski. Among the actors they approached: Ryan Gosling and Jessica Chastain. Read More »
HBO acquired all television rights for the U.S. and Canada to James Toback‘s feature documentary Seduced And Abandoned. Produced by Michael Mailer, Alec Baldwin and Toback and exec-produced by Morris Levy, Alan Helene, Larry Herbert and Neal Schneider, the pic will premiere as a Special Screening in the Official Selection this month at the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. Guided by Baldwin and Toback, Seduced And Abandoned is a cinematic exploration of several interconnected subjects: The Cannes Film Festival and cinema art, money, glamour and death. Shot during the 65th Anniversary Festival in 2012, it features original portraits of Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Ryan Gosling, Jessica Chastain, Berenice Bejo, Diane Kruger and James Caan. Seduced And Abandoned is produced by Michael Mailer Films. The deal was negotiated with HBO by Jeff Berg at Resolution on behalf of the filmmakers. International sales are being handled by Hanway. Toback’s most recent film was the documentary Tyson. His other credits include Fingers, Love & Money, Exposed, The Big Bang, Two Girls And A Guy, Harvard Man, The Pick-up Artist, Black And White and When Will I Be Loved. Toback also wrote the original screenplay for the Karel Reisz film The Gambler.