rumors and zen
December 19th, 2009
So, some rumors have been flying about the If I Stay movie. I wasn’t going to bother commenting on them because that just spreads more rumors, but now that it’s all officially out there in the Media and the Blogosphere so, I’m weighing in.
The rumors are twofold.
One is that Dakota Fanning is going to play Mia. I have no confirmation of this being true. I get my information same as you all, from the Interwebs. But I think she’d be amazing. What has she done that she hasn’t been great in? She’s a chameleon. She popped off the screen as Jane in New Moon and have you seen the trailer for The Runaways? She’s unrecognizable as Cherie Currie. And OMG, Kristen Stewart is seriously channeling Joan Jett.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MYPoIs04IzY&feature=player_embedded
The other rumor is that Catherine Hardwicke won’t be directing If I Stay in order to do the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced modern-day telling of Little Red Riding Hood. She has like four projects in the hopper, and last week the L.A. Times reported that she’s off Stay. I was sad when I heard this. You all know how perfect I think she’d be for this movie. But after a few days, I got over it. It’s out of my control and books and movies take on a life of all their own. Anyhow, turns out, everything is still up in the air, like it always was. In Entertainment Weekly, Catherine Hardwicke herself basically says she’s working on a bunch of projects at once, waiting for which one gets greenlit.
I don’t know what’s what. Hollywood rivals Washington DC in rumors and machinations—and in my control over outcomes. I have as much control over the If I Stay movie as I do over the healthcare package passing the Senate. I can only sit back here and keep my fingers crossed. Actually, that’s a false analogy, because I have a lot of faith in Summit Entertainment, the studio producing If I Stay (and the Twilight movies and the Oscar buzzy The Hurt Locker). I wish I could say the same for the U.S. Senate. And Summit seems very dedicated to getting this film made, which is another good sign. In the EW article, Catherine says:
Before Twilight was greenlit, I had four projects at four studios. I worked super-hard on all of them, but Twilight was greenlit first.”
Will history repeat itself? Who the hell knows! The point is, it ain’t up to me. So, I am in the same boat as the rest of you. Waiting. Wondering. And trying to keep my Zen on.
(p.s. If healthcare doesn’t pass, I will have a very hard time staying Zen, though. If healthcare doesn’t pass, I might lose faith in democracy, which is a lot more serious than losing faith in Hollywood.)