Motherless Brooklyn?

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Anyone hear any more news about this become a movie? It's been in "pre-production" for years. Any clues, or info?

Heath Raymond (Heath Raymond), Wednesday, 24 May 2006 01:04 (sixteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Out in 2013 and set in ... the 1950s !!

the pinefox, Wednesday, 30 May 2012 22:37 (ten years ago) link

five years pass...

Why change the setting to the 50s?

iCloudius (cryptosicko), Thursday, 8 February 2018 02:29 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

I haven't read Lethem, but y'know, ppl complain when films adhere too closely to the book too...

In an unusually bold adaptation, writer-director-producer Edward Norton has transplanted the main character of Jonathan Lethem’s best-selling novel Motherless Brooklyn from modern Brooklyn into an entirely new, richly woven neo-noir narrative, reset in 1950s New York. Emotionally shattered by a botched job, Lionel Essrog (Norton), a lonely private detective with Tourette syndrome, finds himself drawn into a multilayered conspiracy that expands to encompass the city’s ever-growing racial divide and the devious personal and political machinations of a Robert Moses–like master builder, played by Alec Baldwin. Featuring a rigorously controlled star turn by Norton and outstanding additional supporting performances by Bruce Willis, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Bobby Cannavale, Leslie Mann, and Cherry Jones, plus a haunting soundtrack (featuring a score by Daniel Pemberton, with orchestration by Wynton Marsalis, and an original song by Thom Yorke), Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of movie Hollywood almost never makes anymore, and a complexly conceived, robust evocation of a bygone era of New York that speaks to our present moment. A Warner Bros. Picture.

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 August 2019 17:11 (three years ago) link

Bummed that Prince's "Kiss" prob won't be in there now.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Friday, 9 August 2019 17:12 (three years ago) link

Motherless Brooklyn is the kind of movie Hollywood almost never makes anymore...A Warner Bros. Picture.

jakey mo collier (voodoo chili), Friday, 9 August 2019 17:12 (three years ago) link

shot by Mike Leigh vet Dick Pope

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Friday, 9 August 2019 17:13 (three years ago) link

I know that I liked the novel but really can't remember anything about it now. Also remember liking that Jonathan Lethem was into music

Dan S, Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:05 (three years ago) link

His 33 1/3 on Fear of Music is good.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Saturday, 10 August 2019 02:45 (three years ago) link

two weeks pass...

We've got trailer!

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Saturday, 24 August 2019 15:46 (three years ago) link

The casting of Alec Baldwin in that role is boring.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:43 (three years ago) link

so fucking annoyed, why even call it motherless brooklyn

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 24 August 2019 16:50 (three years ago) link

it's a Hollywood tradition

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:43 (three years ago) link

I don't expect the movie to resemble the book a whole lot outside of the plot, but at best I hoping for an L.A. Confidential-style Warner throwback and, at worst, a showcase for an Oscar campaign for Norton.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:45 (three years ago) link

well it's a great book and would have made a unique movie and now it will never happen

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 24 August 2019 21:02 (three years ago) link

ed norton acting tourettes is some kind of hell

lag∞n, Monday, 26 August 2019 16:08 (three years ago) link


Seany's too Dyche to mention (jim in vancouver), Monday, 26 August 2019 16:26 (three years ago) link


The Fearless Thread Killers (James Redd and the Blecchs), Wednesday, 28 August 2019 14:02 (three years ago) link

Waltr Chaw confirms my worst fears about this:

Edward Norton's twenty-year passion project, this adaptation of Jonathan Lethem's modern noir loses what's affecting about the source material while amplifying, well, Edward Norton. The hero, Lionel Essrog (Norton), is afflicted with OCD and Tourette's. In the book, this means that as his interior monologue is crisp and empathetic, his exterior is kissing people and screaming out anagrams and clever atrocities. In the movie, this means Norton is angling hard for awards recognition playing Rain Man as a gumshoe. I don't mean to be unkind, merely to describe a selfish performance that does very much to attract attention to itself and very little to support a cast that frankly needn't have bothered. It's the worst first date ever--the one where the guy really wants to tell you about himself. Norton's Lionel twitches, grimaces, screams out jibes that are sometimes a little too literary and on-the-mark. He draws attention and that's half the point of it: to create a sensitive, intelligent character appalled by his inability to control his "broken" brain. Yet in an ensemble movie with a Byzantine plot, all it does is suck the air out of the room. There's a shortlist of "unfilmable" novels for any number of reasons (and a few of those, like Under the Skin, were adapted beautifully), but the reasons to leave Motherless Brooklyn free from this sort of literal go are legion.

Herman Woke (cryptosicko), Monday, 2 September 2019 19:46 (three years ago) link

o jeez lol

lag∞n, Monday, 2 September 2019 19:48 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

This felt like two disparate stories awkwardly sewn together

Jordan Pickford LOLverdrive (Neanderthal), Saturday, 9 November 2019 01:21 (three years ago) link

eight months pass...

I went in to this as charitable as could be. An absolute mess

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Monday, 3 August 2020 09:52 (two years ago) link

in a "worth a watch" or "utterly iredeemable" sort of way?

Neil S, Monday, 3 August 2020 10:00 (two years ago) link

I didn't make it to the end

XVI Pedicabo eam (Neanderthal), Monday, 3 August 2020 11:33 (two years ago) link


flappy bird, Monday, 3 August 2020 16:34 (two years ago) link

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