If there was one movie that sort of snuck up on me, this may be it. I remember reading about the prospect of Ben Affleck playing Superman, which turned into Affleck playing George Reeve. Those rumors turned into the making of Hollywoodland.
Having recently been introduced to the pure entertainment of Adventures of Superman, I am looking forward to this film, although I am sure the tone will be much, much different. Being so recently introduced to the Reeve incarnation of Big Blue, I also just learned of the mystery surrounding his death.
In 1959, Reeve was found dead, an apparent suicide, this coming on the heels of the news that he would once again be able to don the superhero suit for more adventures. Despite the quick closure of the case, his mother was not so convinced. There were details about his death suggesting that it was actually murder. She hired a detective to look into the matter.
The trailer looks very good, the cast looks good, and the mystery seems perfect for the big screen. The stars include Ben Affleck (say what you will about him, but get him the right material and he will deliver — this may be it), Adrien Brody as the detective, Diane Lane, Robin Tunney, and Bob Hoskins.
Hollywoodland was directed by Allen Coulter, making his first big screen feature. The trailer looks like Coulter has done a good job bringing the material to the screen. He has made a name for himself working on a variety of television shows, including Rome, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Millenium.
The trailer looks good, the cast looks good, and the story is fascinating, particularly with regard to it never having been solved. Hopefully it will pay off.
The trailer is up at the Focus Features site, which is also distributing the film. It is slated to open on September 8, 2006. It is 126 minutes long and is rated R.