I’ve added nine more titles to HE’s previously posted roster of 2017 films. 65 as of 12.16; the tally is now 74. The most interesting-sounding are (a) Adam McKay‘s Untitled Dick Cheney Film (b) Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name (Sundance ’17), (c) Andrew Dosunmu‘s Where Is Kyra? (ditto), Oren Moverman‘s The Dinner and Arnaud Desplechin‘s Ismael’s Ghosts. The other six sound a bit more conventional (thriller-ish, action-y).
In order of marquee value….
Doug Liman‘s American Made (Universal, 9.29.17) — Tom Cruise as the real-life Barry Seal, a former TWA pilot who became a drug smuggler in the 1980s and was recruited later on by the DEA to provide intelligence.
Adam McKay‘s Untitled Dick Cheney Drama (Paramount). Deadline‘s Mike Fleming has reported that McKay hopes to be filming by the spring for a late 2017 release. Plan B producers Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are teaming with McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick.
Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver (TriStar, 8.11) — An alleged “crime comedy” about a getaway driver (Ansel Elgort) in dutch when a bank heist goes wrong. Costarring Jamie Foxx, Jon Hamm, Kevin Spacey, Lily James, Eiza González.
Oren Moverman‘s The Dinner (The Orchard, 5.5.17) — In September 2013 it was annnounced that Cate Blanchett would direct this adaptation of Herman Koch‘s “The Dinner” — it was reported in January ’16 that Moverman would take over. Richard Gere and Steve Coogan playing brothers whose children have committed a serious crime. Costarring Laura Linney, Rebecca Hall and Chloë Sevigny. Premiering at the 2017 Berlinale.
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon‘s The Current War (Weinstein Co.) — Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. Costarring Nicholas Hoult as Nikola Tesla w/ Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Tuppence Middleton, Matthew Macfadyen, Sienna Miller.
Andrew Haigh‘s Lean on Pete (A24) — A drama based on Willy Vlatin’s same-titled novel, directed and written by Haigh. Costarring Charlie Plummer, Travis Fimmel, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, Thomas Mann and Amy Seimetz.
Arnaud Desplechin‘s Ismael’s Ghosts (Magnolia) — Drama costarring Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Louis Garrel. About “a filmmaker whose life is sent into a tailspin by the return of a former lover just as he is about to star shooting a new film,” etc.
Luca Guadagnino‘s Call Me By Your Name, a gay relationship drama, based on same-titled 2007 novel by Andre Aciman. Pic was allegedly inspired in part by Maurice Pialat‘s A Nos Amours. Costarring Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer and Michael Stuhlbarg. One of the big attractions of Sundance 2017.
Andrew Dosunmu‘s Where Is Kyra? — Costarring Michelle Pfeiffer and Keifer Suitherland. Directed by Dosunmu; co-written by Dosunmu and Darci Picoult. Set to premiere at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival on 1.23.17.