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Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock want to make us cry with September 11 drama

08.23.2010

As far as movies that deal with September 11th go, there haven't exactly been many winners. WORLD TRADE CENTER, REIGN OVER ME and [SPOILER ALERT] most notoriously REMEMBER ME have all disappointed on various levels with only UNITED 93 really providing any legitimate emotional core. But that's not stopping Hollywood from trying to make another movie that deals with post-9/11 issues.

Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock are in talks to star in the upcoming adaptation of the Jonathan Safran Foer novel "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close," the story of a young boy who finds a key that belonged to his father who died in the World Trade Center and his search to find out what it unlocks. Warner Bros. and Paramount are teaming up on the film with producer Scott Rudin (THE SOCIAL NETWORK).

Bullock would star as the boy's mother, who is having trouble dealing with the death of her husband. Hanks would play the boy's late father who appears to him periodically in flashbacks. Eric Roth (THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON) has written the script and Stephen Daldry (THE HOURS) would direct.

The film would be Bullock's first post-Oscar role should she commit. Hanks just wrapped the Universal comedy LARRY CROWNE.

Extra Tidbit: WORLD TRADE CENTER still makes me angry when I think about it.
Source: Variety

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4:39PM on 08/24/2010
dont know whats goin on with the triple post. sorry!
dont know whats goin on with the triple post. sorry!
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4:36PM on 08/24/2010
dont know whats goin on with the triple post. sorry!
dont know whats goin on with the triple post. sorry!
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4:36PM on 08/24/2010

thanks for the spoiler for people who haven't seen Reign Over Me!

IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
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4:33PM on 08/24/2010

thanks for the spoiler for people who haven't seen Reign Over Me!

IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
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4:31PM on 08/24/2010

thanks for the spoiler for people who haven't seen Reign Over Me!

IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
IN MY OPINION SAMPSON YOUR WRONG! How can you say World Trade Center, and Reign Over Me were bad films! I enjoyed World Trade, and Reign Over Me was an excellent film! Reign Over Me was more about the loss of his family and how he copes with it, then about 911. In my opinion it's one of Sandlers best film, and really shows that he can do drama!
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6:49AM on 08/24/2010

Rescue Me

Thank gd for "Rescue Me"! ...we can nod to the select few television shows right?
Thank gd for "Rescue Me"! ...we can nod to the select few television shows right?
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11:55PM on 08/23/2010

hmmmm

As long as Sandra doesnt try and rock out another southern accent it has a "chance" to be good. I would just rather not see anything about 9/11 again. We lost alot of good men, women, and children that day.
As long as Sandra doesnt try and rock out another southern accent it has a "chance" to be good. I would just rather not see anything about 9/11 again. We lost alot of good men, women, and children that day.
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9:44PM on 08/23/2010

come on already!

when are we gonna get a good JFK conspiracy style 9/11 movie? I can see it now "as you can see counselor, building 7 falls down..at free fall speed...down, at free fall speed...down, at free fall speed" or maybe a few good men style "You wanna know how the Israeli moving van guys knew about 9/11?... I want the truth!...YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH." Possibilities are endless.........oh, and United 93 isn't really a terrible movie, it's just most of the story is made up, I mean come on, you
when are we gonna get a good JFK conspiracy style 9/11 movie? I can see it now "as you can see counselor, building 7 falls down..at free fall speed...down, at free fall speed...down, at free fall speed" or maybe a few good men style "You wanna know how the Israeli moving van guys knew about 9/11?... I want the truth!...YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH." Possibilities are endless.........oh, and United 93 isn't really a terrible movie, it's just most of the story is made up, I mean come on, you can't piece together a 90 minute film by a few minutes of cell phone conversation. Truth is, nobody, but the people with the black boxes know what happened on that plane.
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7:34PM on 08/23/2010
I love the cast and loved Benjamin Button so I will give this a chance.
I love the cast and loved Benjamin Button so I will give this a chance.
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5:04PM on 08/23/2010
Ive only seen United 93 and that movie still hits me to the core every time I watch it.
Ive only seen United 93 and that movie still hits me to the core every time I watch it.
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4:08PM on 08/23/2010
Could be good, but how much will Hanks actually be in the movie if he's only in flashbacks?
Could be good, but how much will Hanks actually be in the movie if he's only in flashbacks?
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3:53PM on 08/23/2010

OSCAR BAIT

Just sayin'
Just sayin'
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4:54PM on 08/23/2010
my thoughts too. directed by stephen daldry who's been nominated for best director for all of his feature length movies.
my thoughts too. directed by stephen daldry who's been nominated for best director for all of his feature length movies.
3:23PM on 08/23/2010
I loved "World Trade Center." I thought it was a sensitive and respectful film, that really moved me. It took the tragedy of 9/11, but explored the strength of the human spirit and the dedication of the men who tried to help the victims.
I can't imagine anyone getting 'angry' over it, even though I know there was controversy.
I loved "World Trade Center." I thought it was a sensitive and respectful film, that really moved me. It took the tragedy of 9/11, but explored the strength of the human spirit and the dedication of the men who tried to help the victims.
I can't imagine anyone getting 'angry' over it, even though I know there was controversy.
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4:33PM on 08/24/2010
I couldn't agree more. If you haven't seen Reign Over Me then you should. It's one of Sandlers best in my opinion!
I couldn't agree more. If you haven't seen Reign Over Me then you should. It's one of Sandlers best in my opinion!
2:00PM on 08/23/2010
Does this tie in w/ The Dark Tower?
Does this tie in w/ The Dark Tower?
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1:24PM on 08/23/2010
Anyone see the trailer for TITANIC 2? It feels like traveling 100 years in the future to find out how Hollywood will be treating 9/11 once everyone that remembers the day is dead.
Anyone see the trailer for TITANIC 2? It feels like traveling 100 years in the future to find out how Hollywood will be treating 9/11 once everyone that remembers the day is dead.
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1:19PM on 08/23/2010
The aside first- "United 93" is an incredible film. "Reign Over Me" isn't as bad as most others that deal with 9/11, and Sandler and Cheadle have great chemistry, but it's too unfocused.

With that, "The Hours" was pretty good, and I like how it's only using 9/11 as a springboard for a more character driven piece (or so it seems), so this could be good.
The aside first- "United 93" is an incredible film. "Reign Over Me" isn't as bad as most others that deal with 9/11, and Sandler and Cheadle have great chemistry, but it's too unfocused.

With that, "The Hours" was pretty good, and I like how it's only using 9/11 as a springboard for a more character driven piece (or so it seems), so this could be good.
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12:23PM on 08/23/2010
I have World Trade Center on DVD and never watched it yet
I have World Trade Center on DVD and never watched it yet
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1:16PM on 08/23/2010
It's not really worth it. Not god awful, but not good- not good at all.
It's not really worth it. Not god awful, but not good- not good at all.
4:36PM on 08/24/2010
I disagrre filmguy450. Give it a try kevin. You should watch Reign Over Me too. It's one of Sandlers best!
I disagrre filmguy450. Give it a try kevin. You should watch Reign Over Me too. It's one of Sandlers best!
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11:56AM on 08/23/2010
This could be good. I'm honestly surprised at how much hate Reign Over Me gets. I thought Adam Sandler did a great job and I was very moved by his performance, personally.
This could be good. I'm honestly surprised at how much hate Reign Over Me gets. I thought Adam Sandler did a great job and I was very moved by his performance, personally.
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4:39PM on 08/24/2010
so am I! I loved Reign Over Me!
so am I! I loved Reign Over Me!
11:31AM on 08/23/2010
There have been SOME good 9/11 movies. "The Guys" was very heartbreaking and "9/11" the official documentary about the young firefighter was great.

Otherwise, everything else has been forgettable.

This doesn't sound any good.
There have been SOME good 9/11 movies. "The Guys" was very heartbreaking and "9/11" the official documentary about the young firefighter was great.

Otherwise, everything else has been forgettable.

This doesn't sound any good.
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10:58AM on 08/23/2010
Pass...
Pass...
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10:58AM on 08/23/2010
The book is amazing, but really isn't centered around 9/11 as much as this post makes it seem. And it doesn't really even center around the parents much, either - at least not entirely. It's a really neat mystery story, kind of, about this quirky little kid investigating New York and meeting a lot of really neat, eccentric characters.

Honestly, the thing that got me excited was seeing Daldry directing. If he can direct this kid the way he did Billy Elliot, then we should have a winner.
The book is amazing, but really isn't centered around 9/11 as much as this post makes it seem. And it doesn't really even center around the parents much, either - at least not entirely. It's a really neat mystery story, kind of, about this quirky little kid investigating New York and meeting a lot of really neat, eccentric characters.

Honestly, the thing that got me excited was seeing Daldry directing. If he can direct this kid the way he did Billy Elliot, then we should have a winner.
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10:52AM on 08/23/2010
This is a great book by the same author who wrote "Everything is Illuminated." With a cast like that this has a shot at also being great, but whoever plays the kid is crucial.
This is a great book by the same author who wrote "Everything is Illuminated." With a cast like that this has a shot at also being great, but whoever plays the kid is crucial.
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10:45AM on 08/23/2010
count me out
count me out
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10:51AM on 08/23/2010
Agreed.
Agreed.
9:39AM on 08/23/2010
Good stars, good screenwriter, good director, good premise. Let's see what they do with it!
Good stars, good screenwriter, good director, good premise. Let's see what they do with it!
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9:33AM on 08/23/2010
Ehh. I'll wait until a trailer debuts.

In other news, UNITED 93 was an amazing film.
Ehh. I'll wait until a trailer debuts.

In other news, UNITED 93 was an amazing film.
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9:30AM on 08/23/2010

Great timing....

To announce this during the mosque controversy was well planned by the studio. As to the idea, I think we've had 9/11 shoved down our throats enough. "United 93" made me so fucking angry cause it was so well done.
To announce this during the mosque controversy was well planned by the studio. As to the idea, I think we've had 9/11 shoved down our throats enough. "United 93" made me so fucking angry cause it was so well done.
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