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July 30, 2015 at 12:22 am #190718
Director David Gordon Green’s (“Pineapple Express”, “George Washington”) feature adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2005 documentary “Our Brand is Crisis,” starring Oscar winners Sandra Bullock (“The Blind Side”, “Gravity”) and Billy Bob Thornton (“Sling Blade”) will be released in theaters October 30th.
Green directs from a screenplay by Oscar nominated screenwriter Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”), based on the award winning documentary by Rachel Boynton, which outlined the American political campaign marketing tactics employed in the real-life 2002 Bolivian presidential election. Straughan’s script was #10 in The Blacklist’s top scripts for 2008.
When a group of American consultants accept the challenge of getting an unpopular Bolivian president re-elected, they realize they need help. Tracking down retired maverick political consultant Jane Bodine (Bullock) to her cabin in the woods, they persuade her to lead the team—a decision they quickly come to regret, as “Calamity” Jane begins to live up to her nickname, unleashing her very own brand of chaos on the campaign.
Just as all seems lost, the loathsome Pat Candy (Thornton), Jane’s worst enemy, arrives in town to work for the opposition. Suddenly things become personal and as the battle begins the consultants get to see Jane the legend in action.
The film also stars Anthony Mackie (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”), Scoot McNairy (“Gone Girl,” “Argo”), Zoe Kazan (“Ruby Sparks”), Ann Dowd (“Side Effects,” HBO’s “The Leftovers”), Reynaldo Pacheco (“Beginners”), Dominic Flores (“Rampart”), Louis Arcella (NBC’s “The Blacklist”), Octavio Gómez Berríos (“Che: Part One”) and Joaquim de Almeida (“Fast Five”).
The film is being produced by Oscar-winning Smokehouse Pictures’ principals George Clooney and Grant Heslov (“Argo”), with Bullock, Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Stuart Besser serving as executive producers. Participant Media is a co-financier on the film.
“Our Brand is Crisis” will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment company.July 30, 2015 at 5:58 am #190720
Oscar nom #3 coming Sandra’s way, for sure.July 30, 2015 at 7:05 am #190721
That storyline sounds excellent for a Dramedy. Hope there’s lots of comedy in there. Sandy should totally nail this.July 30, 2015 at 8:54 am #190722
Early screenings worked out for Sandra Bullock and Joaquim de Almeida. They were singled out by attendants.July 31, 2015 at 5:41 am #190723
This could end up being an extremely well made film (considering everyone involved and the documentary), or it could end up as another Men Who Stare at Goats.
The documentary this is based on is amazingly hard-hitting and though-provoking….yet i wonder (with the comedy/drama angle the script is going for) whether all that punch the documentary had will be lost in the adaptation.
I have high hopes, but i am sceptical. Excited though!July 31, 2015 at 7:03 am #190724
Sandra is on form nowadays. She barely misses a hit.August 1, 2015 at 1:34 am #190725
Rumors are strong that Warner Bros’ Sue Kroll is launching “[b]Our Brand is Crisis[/b]” at #Telluride2015 (as she did with Argo and Slumdog Millionaire).
The Telluride Film Festival 2015 lineup press release is expected end of August.August 12, 2015 at 12:30 pm #190727
Awesome! And good for Bullock pushing for better female roles and having this one flipped from male to female so she could play it. It sounds really good, can’t wait for the trailer. Oscar nom #3? I hope so!August 12, 2015 at 10:28 pm #190728
“You don’t get to read roles like this a lot,” says Bullock. “There’s a lot of unforgivable things that she does, yet somehow you have to cheer for her.” – Sandra Bullock
Damn…i hope this film is a winner for Warner Bros and everyone involved.
And go ahead Joaquim de Almeida! Get your long overdue recognition boy.
[img]http://www.ew.com/sites/default/files/i/2015/08/11/our-brand-is-crises.jpg[/img]August 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm #190729
Go Sandra go! It’s crazy the change her career has had, in terms of having more prestigious projects (she’s always had bigger box-office clout than more buzzed-about actors in Hollywood). Starring in 4 Best Picture nominees in the last 10 years, 1 Oscar win and a quick follow-up nomination. She’s the Queen of Hollywood.August 16, 2015 at 9:42 pm #190730
[img]http://pbs.twimg.com/media/CMjsYSpWgAAuu54.jpg[/img]August 16, 2015 at 9:52 pm #190731
I do like Sandra and feel she’s very underrated (especially on this forum!). Fingers crossed this will be a good one. David Gordon Green can be a bit hit or miss, but I loved Joe and Prince Avalanche (in a very different vein to this) and I love Eastbound & Down.August 18, 2015 at 10:09 pm #190732
World premiere, Special Presentations. Which means it is not going to Telluride. Now for the trailer and poster.
TIFF â@TIFF_NET 6 minutes ago David Gordon Green’s OUR BRAND IS CRISIS, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton #TIFF15August 19, 2015 at 5:32 am #190733
I do like Sandra and feel she’s very underrated (especially on this forum!). Fingers crossed this will be a good one. David Gordon Green can be a bit hit or miss, but I loved Joe and Prince Avalanche (in a very different vein to this) and I love Eastbound & Down.
Well, she’s a woman. So people act like she would have a terrible career with full of silly comedies (they don’t do the same with actors like Matthew McConaughey who actually had a terrible career full of silly comedies before his hit movies “Killer Joe” “Bernie” “Interstellar” or “Dallas Buyers Club”). It’s not true at all. Most of her comedies are iconic, and she has some very strong dramatic work in movies such as “Crash” and “Infamous”. Also her performance in “The Blind Side” is very good. Maybe she didn’t deserve to win, but I think if Matthew McConaughey, Octavia Spencer, Jared Leto, Gwyneth Paltrow or Lupita Nyong’o are Oscar-winners, Sandra Bullock can be an Oscar winner as well. Also her post Oscar-career is just amazing. She was brilliant with McCarthy in “The Heat” and she had a nice supporting turn in “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” as well (actually the best thing about that movie…). She deserved her nomination for “Gravity” a lot and I’m sure it’s great for her to see “Minions” doing so well in box office. I cannot wait for her third Oscar nomination….and her other work in the next few decades. She seems to be very dedicated.