Josh Horowitz from MTV sat down with Carey Mulligan during The Great Gatsby promo. She mentioned Hold On To Me and from the sound of it, it’ll be awhile until it happens.
Gossip Site Lainey Gossip reported this today:
“Carey’s next movie is called Hold On To Me with Robert Pattinson. Pattinson just arrived back in LA yesterday after a few days in New York for meetings on the project.”
We’re really excited to hear this news and hope that this means we’ll have even more news about “Hold On To Me” soon
Indiewire has placed Hold On To Me writer Brad Ingelsby 2nd out of 10 Screenwriters to Watch in 2013.
Liam Neeson and Joel Kinnaman are starringin the Jaume Collet-Serra-directed father-son action thriller “All Nighter” this fall, while “Buried” has been retitled “Hold On To Me,” and will star Robert Pattinson and Carey Mulligan, with Field stepping aside for “Man On Wire” helmer James Marsh.
Read the full article on Indiewire.
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Here is an excerpt from Part 5:
Scott: When you finish a first draft and you’re faced with the inevitable rewriting process, are there some keys you have or approaches you use to bring that script home?
Brad: I think it really varies with each script. With “Run All Night” we actually didn’t do a lot of rewriting at all. I felt the script was in a good place and my manager, Brooklyn, and my agent, Mike, agreed. We got Roy Lee involved. He was a great advocate and believer and he submitted it to Warner Brothers.
With “Hold on to Me” that was a much larger revision. The initial draft was 150 pages long. It was a real ‘Boogie Nights’ style epic that took place over a number of decades. In earlier drafts we showed a lot Nancy growing up, as a young girl and then as a teenager, in an attempt to introduce the audience to her world, her stage mother, her absent father. We wanted the audience to understand why Nancy wanted so desperately to break away. Because the movie gets dark and Nancy’s desire to break away leads her down a really really dark path, we had to understand her and sympathize with her.
So when she finally does go down that dark path the audience doesn’t lose her. They remember that pageant girl getting her hair done inside a shitty bathroom by her mother. They remember the girl everyone called a slut at the country club. Without those scenes the audience loses sympathy and then the movie’s over. Everyone’s walking out of the theater because they think she’s a monster. So those scenes of Nancy as a youngster were incredibly important, but we had to pick and choose the ones that were most important. And James Marsh was particularly great at picking the gems.
I think it varies, really. I don’t have a method of going back in and looking at stuff. It’s just dealing with, “What’s this story about?” and if a scene or a character or a sequence isn’t aiding us in that character’s journey then we need to get rid of it.
Be sure to check out Brad’s earlier mention of “Hold On To Me” in Part 3 of this interivew HERE
The full interview is well worth a read . Click the links below to read the entire thing:
Meet The Screenwriter: Brad Ingelsby discusses Hold On To Me and his 2012 honor on @theblcklst for the script
Going Into The Story, the screenwriting blog by Scott Myers for Black List, sat down with Brad Ingelsby for an interview. They briefly discussed Hold On To Me. This is an excerpt from Part 3:
Scott: You’ve got several other projects in the mix, one of them another Black List script, “Hold on to Me.” That’s based on an article written by Hillel Levine and Jimmy Keene. “A ruthless and money‑hungry woman uses a hapless man as a pawn in her criminal schemes.” Could you give some background on how that project evolved?
Brad: Yeah, sure. That was an article, as you said, that Jimmy and Hillel had written. It was supposed to be published in Playboy magazine though I don’t think it ever was. Alexander Milchan, a producer, gave me the overview of the article that was to be written at that time. It’s a true story. An almost unbelievable true story about a murder committed in Illinois in 1986 by this woman Nancy Rish and her boyfriend, Danny Edwards. We’ve fictionalized the story quite a bit, but in real life Nancy was this blonde beauty and former pageant queen who had aspirations of leaving her small-town life in Kankakee, Illinois. In an effort to escape the doldrums of small-town life she starts dating this guy, Danny, who is beneath her usual standards. But he’s a guy she can shape and mold and so she does. She introduces Danny to drugs, then gets him to deal drugs, then gets him to deal more drugs. And this ascension continues until Nancy gets the fancy estate home and fancy sports car and the big boat she always wanted. And just when she’s finally living the life she always imagined for herself, it all gets abruptly taken away when Danny is pinched and thrown in jail.
So she’s back at this lowly diner where she waitresses and she’s reading this article, I think it was in “Esquire” or “Vanity Fair,” about a young socialite who was kidnapped and buried alive and kept alive for three or four days. And a light goes off in her head. She says to herself, “This is how I can get my life back.” I won’t give away too much more, but it’s a truly bizarre and haunting story of greed and ambition.
James Marsh is going to direct it and Carey Mulligan is going to star. James is one of the smartest people I’ve ever worked with. And one of the kindest and most collaborative. So it’s been a truly great experience. I’m really excited about that one.
The interview as a whole is a fantastic look into Brad Ingelsby so check it out. Click the links below to read the entire interview:
The Hold On To Me screenplay made the 2012 Black List, an honor that Brad is proud of.
His closing remarks in his extensive interview talk about that honor for a writer:
Scott: You’ve made The Black List several times. What’s that experience like, learning you’ve made the list?
Brad: It’s really thrilling, as a writer. A) that people actually are reading your work, and b) that people appreciate your work. There’s nothing more rewarding to me than knowing that my work is being read and appreciated. I’d love to say there’s nothing more rewarding than watching your film on the big screen, but that hasn’t happened yet. Hopefully soon. But it’s so so difficult to get a film produced that you have to take some pride in knowing that your work is being read and enjoyed.
About Black List:
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Over 200 Black List screenplays have been made as feature films. Those films have earned over $16BN in worldwide box office, have been nominated for 148 Academy Awards, and have won 25, including Best Pictures SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE KING’S SPEECH and five of the last ten screenwriting Oscars. A complete list of Black List films is below.
Meet The Director: James Marsh talks about Hold On To Me, documentaries and the importance of cinematography
James Marsh was at the Mumbai Film Festival last year talking about his feature film, Shadow Dancer (Clive Owen). The interview was insightful and we've excerpted a few responses here, as well as his remark on Hold On To Me at the end. Excerpts from First Post: I’ve noticed that you shoot your films in unique ways. There’s a lot of innovation in the way you frame the shots. JM: Oh yes, … [Get the Scoop!]
Film Nation handles sales: Mulligan “certain to deliver one of the most memorable femme fatale performances”
Film Nation recently updated the status of Hold On To Me to pre-production but they were announced last year as the handler for international sales and distribution. From Film Nation: FilmNation will handle international sales and distribution on Academy Award® winning director James Marsh’s (Man on Wire) Hold On To Me starring Academy Award® Nominee Carey Mulligan (Drive, The Great … [Get the Scoop!]
Robert Pattinson was announced to join the Hold On To Me team last October. With our site up and running, we wanted to revisit a few of the initial reports on his casting. The film is currently in pre-production, reported by Film Nation. They are handling international sales and distribution. From Deadline: As packages firm up for AFM, here’s one that will surely reverberate in Santa … [Get the Scoop!]
FilmNation have announced that "Hold On To Me" starring Robert Pattinson & Carey Mulligan has gone into Pre-Production and have also given a more detailed synopsis of the movie. … [Get the Scoop!]