Films about the Making-of-Film

23 May

So I woke up this morning to the sight of My Week With Marilyn on my TV. This has got to be the third time I watched the film. While it is not a flawless film, it has its own charm that make it worth repeated viewings.

Of course, this entry will not discuss the film at length. After all, you have heard million of times that Michelle Williams was robbed in Oscar night. (Alright, that’s only me.)
But as I watched the film, I suddenly recall another film project that also depicts the making of an old film. It’s the one with Anthony Hopkins playing as Alfred Hitchcock in the film about the making of Psycho. Currently the film, which is still being shot, is tentatively titled Hitchcock. I hope the makers will change the title because, hey, do you want to challenge any film buffs out there to say that Hitchcock is only represented by that one film?

Having both films above in mind, I could not help but wonder if it’ll become common to have an option of “possible reinterpretation to depict behind-the-scene of the film as a separate feature film entity” in the making of future films.
In other simpler words, it may be possible to have more films like My Week With Marilyn or Hitchcock that revolve around the making of a film. After all, behind-the-scene juicy story is worth telling on its own, especially as a film.

And I as keep toying with the idea, I couldn’t help but wonder: what are current and not-so-distant films (maximum 35 years old!) worth being remade as films about making-of-the-films?

Here are my top 4 choices:

1. Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)

A married couple working as secret agents (Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie) can no longer keep their professions secret as each of their next mission requires them to kill each other.

Why this film’s behind-the-scene story is worth being adapted:
In case you lived in a cave between 2004-2006, the world was abuzz with the rumored affair between Pitt and Jolie during the making of the film. At that time, Pitt was married to Jennifer Aniston. As much as Pitt and Jolie stayed away, or more like being separated, during press-related promotional activities, eventually Pitt divorced Aniston, and chose Jolie. Hey, where and how do you think the term Brangelina is originated from?

2. The Bodyguard (1992)

A famous singer (Whitney Houston) hires a bodyguard (Kevin Costner) to protect her from murderous threats, and along the way, they fall in love. Always. Love. You … get it.

Why this film’s behind-the-scene story is worth being adapted:
Whitney Houston. She was already a superstar before her film debut here. Starring in the film only made her bigger star than she already had been. Of course, which part of dramatic life of Whitney Houston not worth being adapted to big screen? As it is impossible to capture her entire lifetime, which was sadly ending too soon, why don’t we focus on one that made her a legend?

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

3. Apocalypse Now (1979)

At the height of Vietnam war, Captain Willard is sent to a jungle with orders to kill renegade Colonel Kurtz, who has gone insane deep within the jungle. As the captain descends into the jungle, he is slowly succumbing to the mythical power of the jungle, and eventually becoming the man he was sent to kill.

Why this film’s behind-the-scene story is worth being adapted:
The highly publicized filming delays from 17 weeks to 34 weeks with breaks in between, ballooning budget close to being three-fold of the original budget, extra-marital affairs, rain-drenching typhoon, near-fatal heart attack for the leading man Martin Sheen. Not enough?

4. Heat (1995)

A classic story on cat-and-mouse game. Detective Vincent Hanna (Al Pacino) is obsessed in bringing down master thief Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro). When the latter pulls off his one last act, the former throws himself to the case, and eventually both realize that there’s a much greater stake than their ambitions. Classic.

Why this film’s behind-the-scene story is worth being adapted:
Don’t you see the two names above? Without a doubt, anticipation ran high when the film was announced, solely on the promise of finally seeing two great acting legends on one film and sharing a screen together. We get what we wish for. The scene is a classic. But how the director, Michael Mann, pulled it off along with a compelling story that draws ensemble of fine performances is perhaps something worth telling. One can imagine the separate backstory of Pacino and DeNiro prior to saying ‘yes’ in the proposed behind-the-scene film now …

Any other worthy additions?

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Posted by on 05/23/2012 in Blog, English, Film


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