I was going to report that Jennifer Lopez‘s Bordertown, a drama about several unsolved murders of poor women in the El Paso-Juarez areas, would finally see the light of a projector lamp on 10.20.06. Except it’s not happening, and nobody you call seems to have a clue when it might be seen.
10.20 is when the IMDB says MGM will be releasing the Gregory Nava-directed drama about a reporter (Lopez) looking into the murders. Not true, according to MGM publicist Jeff Pryor. And pay no mind to the fact that there’s an MGM-related Bordertown website either. MGM had negotiations about distributing it but nothing came to fruition, says Pryor, and you can definitely forget about it opening on 10.20. So who’s distributing Bordertown? No idea, says Pryor.
Two reps working for Lopez at William Morris said they didn’t know either “but why don’t you try Warner Bros.?”, one said. I did…nothing. I also tried New Line, which looked at possibly distributing Bordertown when they were working in the spring of ’05 on the Monster-in-Law opening, but I was told “nope…never happened.” A New Line friend told me that Bob Berney‘s Picturehouse considered distributing Bordertown also, but they also backed off. Five’ll get your ten Bordertown will show up sometime in early to mid ’07 as a straight-to-video thing. Bets?
Same deal, I’m guessing, for Minnie Driver‘s Virgin of Juarez, which is about the same subject with Driver playing a reporter digging into the heart of El Paso-Juarez darkness.