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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 13, 2011 12:45 am

http://www.totalfilm.com/news/michael-fassbender-wanted-for-alexander-litvinenko-biopic-londongrad

Rupert Wyatt in talks to direct
Nov 6th 2011 By Matt Maytum

Warner Bros has targeted Michael Fassbender to star in Londongrad, the biopic of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko.

According to the report by Deadline, the studio is also in talks with Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes director Rupert Wyatt, who's in line to take the helm of the project.

Litvinenko was hospitalised in London in November 2006 after being poisoned with polonium-210, and he later died. From his hospital bed accused Vladimir Putin of being behind the poisoning, though this has never been proven.

Litvinenko's widow recently won the right for a full public inquest into his death.

Graham King and Johnny Depp (via his Infinitum Nihil production company) are among the producers of the movie.

The Fass hasn't shied away from tough, politically contentious movies in the past (see Hunger, for example) but as he's possible the most sought-after actor working today, it'll be interesting to see what he actually chooses to do next.

If Wyatt signs on, that could delay the Apes sequel that Andy Serkis signed up for just this week.

Fassbender will next be seen in Shame, which opens on 13 January 2012.

Source: Deadline
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Post by Admin on Sun Nov 13, 2011 11:17 pm

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WB Wants Michael Fassbender To Die Of Radiation Poisoning
Sunday, November 6 by Joseph Gibson

You probably remember the story of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB agent who in 2006 was poisoned with the highly radioactive substance polonium-210. As he basically dissolved to death in a London hospital room, he publicly accused the then-President of Russia Vladimir Putin of poisoning him. The question of whether or not Putin was guilty was never answered definitively, but now Warner Brothers wants to turn it into a movie.

That movie is titled Londongrad, and the studio is reportedly interested in director Rupert Wyatt (who did Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Michael Fassbender to star. Fans of Fassbender know that he’s capable of doing a role like this after seeing his unforgettable performance as the hunger-striking Bobby Sands in Hunger. Both movies would be about people who died slowly and painfully for political reasons, albeit under very different circumstances. Sounds like a fun Saturday afternoon double feature to me! (Deadline)
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Post by Admin on Mon Nov 21, 2011 2:03 pm

http://blogs.indiewire.com/theplaylist/exclusive-producer-graham-king-says-hell-likely-wait-for-director-rupert-wyatt-to-make-londongrad

The director has clearly become a hot property and recently, it seemed like his follow-up was starting to crystalize when the director was linked to "Londongrad," the long-gestating story of the Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko, who was killed by radiation poisoning in London in 2006, something he claimed on his deathbed was orchestrated by the Russian security services and President Vladimir Putin. Warner Bros. were keen to team up Wyatt and man-of-the-moment Michael Fassbender, but it was announced on Friday, that Wyatt's commitment to another "Planet of the Apes" film meant that he wouldn't be able to make "Londongrad" his next film, although it was unclear if another director was being sought for the project, or if Wyatt might make the project after 'Apes.'

Well, we have an answer. The Playlist caught up with producer Graham King, whose GK Films are behind the project, during the press rounds for Martin Scorsese's "Hugo" today, and the producer suggested that it's more important to make the film with Wyatt down the line than to make it with someone else immediately. The Oscar-winning producer (who adored "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," telling us, "Wow, what a movie. I loved that film, what a way to reboot that franchise") said, "Rupert loves it, he loves the script, and I think one day he'll make it. But right now, he's going to do the sequel to "Planet of the Apes." He's working on that, and a few other things."

Nevertheless, Wyatt seems as keen on the project as anyone else. "[Rupert] came to us, and Warners," King told us, "and said 'I love this script, and I'd love to make this, but [Apes] is what I'm doing now.' And we were like, fine. He's a great filmmaker, and I really hope I get to work with him." With Warners being so hot on the project, we'd assumed that they'd try to move ahead with someone else involved, but it seems like King is committed to holding out for Wyatt for the moment, even at the expense of Fassbender. The producer said that the involvement of the "Shame" star depends on "when the movie gets made." That he's able to make a giant studio wait for him is testament to Wyatt's heat right now.
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