The last few weeks saw a surprising number of articles popping up, already predicting next year's Oscar favorites. One film that consistently keeps showing up is David Fincher's next, "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button". A new Variety article by Timothy M. Gray now suggests even more artistically and commercially potent productions lined-up for a 2008 release ... and in line for next year's awards season: Baz Luhrmann's "Australia", "Seven Pounds", "The Soloist", Sam Mendes' "Revolutionary Road", Ed Zwick's "Defiance" and an untitled Ridley Scott epic.
What these films have in common is the studio's "new approach", according to Gray, to try and turn back to epic stories that are not necessarily vfx spectacles and to try and reclaim the Oscar spotlight.
Whether that strategy will work out, I am not so sure: "Zodiac" seemed to have every ingredient a Best Picture could ever wish (or a Best Director and Best Cinematography for that matter) -- but to this day it has 22 nominations at festivals all over the globe ... and not one win.
What's great about "The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button" is that it may very well appeal to a whole different audience than "Zodiac", with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett set up for a perfect romantic drama, Eric Roth handling the screenplay and an epic love story its center. Then again there was "Meet Joe Black", so I guess you never know.
Make of this what you want. Here's the Variety article:
Majors Vow To Reclaim Oscar Spotlight, by Timothy M. Gray
... and as a little bonus, here's a photo gallery with David Fincher apparently having a lot of fun:
Variety Photo Gallery For "Zodiac"