Peter Bogdanovich Will Be Around for the 'Turn of the Century'

February 9, 2010

Peter Bogdanovich

Sometimes the prospect of using our past, present and potential future just isn't good enough for a story's setting and an alternate timeline with familiar elements but vast differences really sets the stage. The most recent example is Watchmen, where Richard Nixon was elected to a third-term and Dr. Manhattan and The Comedian fought in Vietnam. THR reports another bizarro world will be seen as Peter Bogdanovich (above) will direct an adaptation of the Kurt Andersen novel Turn of the Century which takes place in the year 2000 where BarbieWorld opens in Vegas and Charles Manson's parole hearing is live on TV. Crazy.

Though the setting for Turn of the Century seems a bit high concept, the actual story is anything but, as it follows a Manhattan power couple with three kids who are managing their troubled marriage. This has the potential for plenty of hilarious satire, so hopefully Bogdanovich will step up to the plate. The actor/director hasn't helmed a feature film since 2001, and that was the sparsely seen drama The Cat's Meow. But we know he's got the talent at least with his award nominated direction of The Last Picture Show way back in 1971. Stay tuned for any updates regarding casting and such as it arrives. This sound interesting to you, too?

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  • Me
    What? I thought he was working on Orson Welles abandoned film The Other Side Of The Wind and was going to have it ready in time for Cannes this year.
  • Voice of Reason
    The guy's kinda left his career simmer on low for a while, hasnt he? Sure, the past is notable, but I cant cite much I've really enjoyed him in as of late (Sopranos aside) as his involvement in Humboldt, Doorman and 5th Patient wielded pretty ho-hum results.........good for him? maybe? whatever? I guess I kinda dont care?
  • Bogdanovich is among those American New Wavers who burst onto the screen and then fell to the wayside. It's a shame that all of his critical success ended three decades ago, but I think the 00s have given him some well deserved time to reappraise his past work, and he Could see a return to form with "Turn of the Century" if he's willing to return to form. I wish him the best of luck, but self-centerdly, as I want a new great Bogdanovich.




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