Could a posthumous challenge by Peter Bogdanovich on George and Ira Gershwin make it to the large display screen?
After the famed director of “The Last Picture Show” died January 6, author Sam Kashner revealed in Graydon Carter’s Air Mail this week that he and Bogdanovich had been penning a screenplay concerning the famed “Porgy and Bess” composers over the previous 12 months, referred to as “Our Love Is Here To Stay.”
Bogdanovich was additionally meant to direct the film.
“Peter was so excited about the prospect of being back in the director’s chair,” writes Kashner of the director whose credit additionally included the ’70s classics “Paper Moon” and “What’s Up, Doc?” “He began to talk about how the Gershwin picture had to be shot in black-and-white,” like “The Last Picture Show.”
But Kashner remembers that because the screenplay course of ended, “To make our movie, Peter knew he would need something like an understudy [to direct], for insurance purposes, ‘in case anything happened to me.’”
But whereas “Peter floated a few names for possible alternate directors… sadly we didn’t get that far.”
Bogdanovich himself had served as a backup director for tasks by Orson Welles and John Cassavetes, Kashner writes.
He handed away at 82 from problems of Parkinson’s illness.
Kashner now figures of the duo’s Gershwin brothers film: “Someone, someday may come along and breathe life into our Gershwin story, imbue it with Peter’s spirit, but for me, it was never just about the screenplay, as these things are in the laps of the gods anyway. It was always about the pleasure of his company, the pure joy of the work.”
There’s buzz that one in every of Bogdanovich’s acolytes may take a look at the challenge. His acclaimed followers embrace Wes Anderson, Noah Baumbach, Quentin Tarantino and David Chase.