Announces 2011 Original Movies and New Miniseries
HBO FILMS AND HBO MINISERIES LINE UP STAR-STUDDED CASTS AND FILMMAKERS
FOR 2011, INCLUDING: TOMMY LEE JONES, SAMUEL L. JACKSON IN THE SUNSET
LIMITED; KATE WINSLET, GUY PEARCE, EVAN RACHEL WOOD, MELISSA LEO, HOPE
DAVIS, MARE WINNINGHAM IN MILDRED PIERCE; DIANE LANE, TIM ROBBINS, JAMES
GANDOLFINI IN CINEMA VERITE; NICOLE KIDMAN, CLIVE OWEN IN HEMINGWAY &
TOMMY LEE JONES, TODD HAYNES, SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN & ROBERT
PULCINI, AND PHILIP KAUFMAN TO DIRECT
LOS ANGELES, California
- 2011 will see an impressive roster of award-winning talent come to HBO
as HBO Films and HBO Miniseries present two new films and a much
anticipated miniseries, and production starts in February on a period
biopic in San Francisco. Among their illustrious awards, the actors and
filmmakers associated with these projects have garnered four Oscars(R) and
28 Oscar(R) nominations, eight Golden Globes and 38 Golden Globe
nominations, and 13 Emmys(R) and 49 Emmy(R) nominations, not to mention
recognition from such guilds as SAG, DGA, PGA and WGA.
"It is with extreme pride that we welcome such an array of
award-winning actors and filmmakers to HBO," says HBO Films president
Len Amato. "HBO Films has long been the home for the kind of
pedigreed projects we have in our upcoming slate and we look forward to
sharing these extraordinary productions - THE SUNSET LIMITED, CINEMA
VERITE and HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN - with our audiences."
"We are particularly proud of the filmmakers who have come
together around MILDRED PIERCE," says Kary Antholis, president, HBO
Miniseries. "Todd Haynes, Kate Winslet and the rest of the team are
creating a miniseries in five parts that is at once lush, appealing and
searingly resonant in the current American economic landscape."
Academy Award(R) winner Tommy Lee Jones ("No Country for Old
Men," "The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada") and
Academy Award(R) nominee Samuel L. Jackson ("Mother and Child,"
"The Other Guys") will star in HBO Films' THE SUNSET LIMITED,
based on the play of the same name by eminent Pulitzer Prize-winning
writer Cormac McCarthy ("The Road," "All the Pretty
Horses," "The Crossing"). Directed and executive produced
by Jones from a script by McCarthy, THE SUNSET LIMITED is a searing
two-character drama that tells the story of a stranger who saves another
man from throwing himself in front of the Sunset Limited, a Harlem subway
train. Secluded in the apartment of the rescuer, the two men from vastly
different backgrounds engage in an intense exchange of ideologies as they
debate the value of their existence. THE SUNSET LIMITED, produced by
Barbara Hall ("Milk," "Good Night, and Good Luck"),
will debut on HBO in Feb. 2011.
Oscar(R) and Golden Globe winner Kate Winslet ("Revolutionary
Road," "The Reader") stars in the title role of the HBO
Miniseries presentation MILDRED PIERCE, along with SAG Award nominee Guy
Pearce ("The Hurt Locker," "Memento"), Golden Globe
nominee Evan Rachel Wood ("The Wrestler," HBO's "True
Blood"), Gotham Award winner Brian O'Byrne ("Before the Devil
Knows You're Dead," "FlashForward"), SAG Award nominee
James LeGros ("Skateland," "Mercy"), Oscar(R) nominee
Melissa Leo ("Frozen River," HBO's "Treme"), Oscar(R)
and Golden Globe nominee and Emmy(R) winner Mare Winningham ("George
Wallace," "Georgia") and Golden Globe and Emmy(R) nominee
Hope Davis (HBO's "The Special Relationship" and "In
Treatment") also star. Directed by Oscar(R), Golden Globe and WGA
nominee Todd Haynes ("I'm Not There," "Far from
Heaven") from a script by Haynes and Jon Raymond, MILDRED PIERCE is
the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter's
love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles.
The five-part miniseries, produced in association with MGM, will follow
the story laid out by James M. Cain in his 1941 novel of the same name.
Emmy(R) nominees Christine Vachon ("I'm Not There," HBO's
"Mrs. Harris") and Pam Koffler (HBO's "Mrs. Harris"
and "The Notorious Bettie Page"), John Wells
("Southland," "The Company Men") and Todd Haynes
executive produce; two-time Emmy(R) winner Ilene Landress (HBO's "The
Sopranos") co-executive produces. MILDRED PIERCE will debut in March
Oscar(R), Golden Globe and Emmy(R) nominee Diane Lane
("Secretariat," "Unfaithful"), Oscar(R) and Golden
Globe winner Tim Robbins ("Mystic River," "Dead Man
Walking") and Golden Globe and Emmy(R) winner James Gandolfini
("Where the Wild Things Are," HBO's "The Sopranos")
star in CINEMA VERITE, a film by Oscar(R) nominees Shari Springer Berman
and Robert Pulcini (HBO's "American Splendor"). The HBO Films
presentation takes a behind-the-scenes look at the groundbreaking
documentary "An American Family," which chronicled the lives of
the Louds in the early 1970s and catapulted the Santa Barbara family to
notoriety in the creation of a new television genre - the reality TV
series. The film also stars SAG cptfc Award nominee Patrick Fugit
("Almost Famous"), Lolita Davidovich ("Blaze,"
"Gods and Monsters"), Oscar(R) and Golden Globe nominee and SAG
Award winner Kathleen Quinlan ("Apollo 13," "I Never
Promised You a Rose Garden"), Shanna Collins ("Swingtown,"
"In My Sleep") and Thomas Dekker ("A Nightmare on Elm
Street," "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles"). Shari
Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini direct from a screenplay by David
Seltzer ("The Omen," "Bird on a Wire"). Five-time
Emmy(R) nominee Gavin Polone (HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm") and
Zanne Devine ("House of D," "A Lot Like Love")
executive produce; Karyn McCarthy ("Whip It") produces. CINEMA
VERITE will debut on HBO in 2011.
Academy Award(R) and three-time Golden Globe winner Nicole Kidman
("The Hours," "Moulin Rouge," "To Die For")
and Academy Award(R) nominee and Golden Globe winner Clive Owen
("Closer," "Children of Men," "Inside Man")
star in HBO Films' HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN. Directed by Academy Award(R)
nominee Philip Kaufman ("The Unbearable Lightness of Being,"
"The Right Stuff") from a script by Jerry Stahl ("CSI:
Crime Scene Investigation," "Permanent Midnight") and
Barbara Turner ("Pollock," "Georgia"), HEMINGWAY &
GELLHORN follows the tumultuous romance and subsequent marriage between
literary master Ernest Hemingway and up-and-coming war correspondent,
Martha Gellhorn, taking them to the Spanish Civil War and beyond. As she
grew in reputation and stature, Gellhorn stood toe-to-toe with Hemingway,
putting his famous bravado and iconic style to the test. Executive
produced by Emmy(R) nominees James Gandolfini (HBO's "Alive Day
Memories: Home From Iraq"), Alex Ryan (HBO's "Alive Day
Memories: Home From Iraq") and Barbara Turner ("The War Between
the Tates"); Peter Kaufman ("Quills," "Henry and
June") and Philip Kaufman, Nancy Sanders ("Huff") and Mark
Armstrong co-executive produce. Trish Hofmann ("Notorious,"
"The New World") produces. Filming will begin in and around San
Francisco in Feb. 2011 for 2012 debut on HBO.