Damien Chazelle’s next film looks set to follow David Fincher’s planned classic Hollywood-based Netflix project.

Paramount has committed to Babylon, the latest script by Damien Chazelle, director of La La Land and First Man. 

Set during an interesting point in Hollywood’s history, the film promises to be, according to Deadline, an ‘R-rated drama that is set in a shifting moment in Hollywood’. The golden era of Hollywood saw the silent era shift into the ‘talkies’ in the 1920s and many successful silent actors (such as the legendary Buster Keaton) never successfully made the transition to sound, effectively ending their careers. Reportedly, it is against this backdrop of turbulence and opportunity that the film will be set.

According to the report, Emma Stone and Brad Pitt are close to signing onto the project which currently is slated for a Christmas 2021 release. As a period film, with stars of such renown, the project looks to be an expensive one but Chazelle’s last three projects (Whiplash, La La Land and First Man) have been very successful at the box office so Paramount seems to have plenty of confidence in the project, with its release date also placing it in prime contention for a prestigious awards run.

It looks like we could be in for a run of golden-age Hollywood dramas as David Fincher’s Mank will hit screens first, telling the tale of Citizen Kane screenwriter, Herman J. Mankiewicz and his battles with director Orson Welles to get the film made. That film will mark Fincher’s return to feature film directing for the first time since 2014’s Gone Girl and is being financed by Netflix, presumably meaning that it won’t be getting the same major cinematic release that we can expect from Babylon. It’s rumoured that Fincher’s insistence on shooting the film in black and white became one of the issues preventing funding, before Netflix stepped in.

More news as we have it.

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