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Andy Serkis directorial debut with Andrew Garfield lands prime Oscar release

04.11.2017
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The Oscar season is probably going to be pretty crowded this year with the release of plenty of biopics, soapy dramas and high-quality thrillers, to the point where each movie is going have to be sensational in order to break through. That task just got much harder now, as one film just entered the race that has “Oscar contender” written all over it. Seriously...on every side, angle and crack.

Variety got the scoop that the upcoming drama, BREATHE, just got a prime Oscar release date of October 13, and will expand to more locations throughout the fall. The film starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy is about Robin Cavendish (Garfield), who after becoming paralyzed from the neck down travels the world as an advocate for the disabled. With the help of friend Teddy Hall (Hugh Bonneville) the two invent a wheelchair with a respirator, giving him better movement.

The great Andy Serkis makes his directorial debut here before he unveils his own JUNGLE BOOK movie, and William Nicholson (GLADIATOR) wrote the script, with Robert Richardson (AVIATOR, HUGO) handling the cinematography.

The movie checks off all the boxes for an Oscar caliber movie, including the love story, triumph-over-disability angle, and a presumably bravo leading performance from a leading man, who was also nominated this year for HACKSAW RIDGE. The story sounds a little sappy, but in terms of awards it worked for 2014’s THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, which nabbed Eddie Redmayne a trophy. A sense a storm coming, and the forecast reads "showers of gold."

I’m mostly interested in this movie to see how Serkis does as a director. As a great actor he has the capacity to be a great director, and could easily guide his actors to award-worthy performances.  He’s got a great crew behind him too, so it will be difficult for this movie to not live up to the hype.

BREATHE opens on October 13.

Source: Variety

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6:50PM on 04/11/2017

"Showers of gold"

Are we seriously not doing phrasing anymore?
Are we seriously not doing phrasing anymore?
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1:32PM on 04/11/2017
Isn't that the same week his Jungle Book film is suppose to drop (if it ever sees the light of day at this point). Double directorial debut? I'm a fan of the man, Serkis brings genuine passion to filmmaking, I hope things work out really well for him
Isn't that the same week his Jungle Book film is suppose to drop (if it ever sees the light of day at this point). Double directorial debut? I'm a fan of the man, Serkis brings genuine passion to filmmaking, I hope things work out really well for him
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9:40PM on 04/11/2017
Same week, different year. Breathe will be released on October 13, 2017 and Jungle Book will arrive October 19, 2018. A year apart, but very similar release dates.
Same week, different year. Breathe will be released on October 13, 2017 and Jungle Book will arrive October 19, 2018. A year apart, but very similar release dates.
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