Anton Corbijn Helming A Very Private Gentleman Adaptation

May 16, 2009

Anton Corbijn - A Very Private Gentleman

Photographer Anton Corbijn is back for more! Corbijn's directorial debut was the black and white biopic Control from 2007 and he's just announced his follow-up. Focus Features is developing an adaptation of Martin Booth's A Very Private Gentleman with Corbijn set to direct. 28 Weeks Later writer Rowan Joffe will adapt the screenplay. The story surrounds an assassin known as Mr. Butterfly who hides out in an idyllic Italian town where he will carry out one final assignment. Going against his usual aversion to human connections, he engages in friendship and romance in the village, a decision that complicates his work.

For those who are not immediately familiar with Anton Corbijn or didn't see Control, he is a world renowned photographer who has worked with bands like U2, Depeche Mode, and Metallica on their album covers and music videos. Control is about the the British punk band Joy Division, and it debuted in 2007 to quite a bit of acclaim. I actually quite disliked the film, but that doesn't mean I'm still excited to see what else Corbijn can do, especially with a story like this. Production is set to begin in the fall. While we wait for more details, including who Corbijn casts in the film, I suggest picking up a copy of the book to read first.

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Anton is like the best photographer ever. He also works with Depeche Mode a lot. Like he helps them with the shows they do. He does almost ever picture of them. He just kicks ass. He is why I am a photographer.

AllmightyKeim on May 16, 2009


I would also like to second #1 with the well deserved hats off to Anton for his extensive work with Depeche Mode who I have been Devoted since 1990. If you care to see Anton in action check out the video "Its' No Good'. Anton introduces the band in the video. I will look for this movie when it comes out.

Darren on May 16, 2009


Actually, Control was the best movie of 2007. May be if you're American it doesn't hit home that much, but it was a very realistic portrait of the rough edges of England in the eighties and a daunting portrait of Ian Curtis

Bas on May 17, 2009


I'm with you #3! Great movie but you might have had to have lived the era (and the music) to appreciate it.

Justin on May 18, 2009

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