A Fantastic Retro Poster for 'The Paperboy' from Director Lee Daniels

December 28, 2011
Source: RopeofSilicon

The Paperboy

We've only heard about Lee Daniels' adaptation of The Paperboy, based on Peter Dexter's novel of the same name, through various casting stories, but now the 2012 is kicking off its marketing campaign with a fantastic poster that calls back to films from the 1970's or even book covers from that same decade. Complete with a faded color and the period setting to go with it, this is one of the more original attempts to sell a film like this that we've seen in a long time. Zac Efron looks a bit like James Dean (or a young Ron Eldard) and John Cusack (replacing Tobey Maguire) just looks creepy with that guy-liner. See it below!

Here's the first official "retro" poster for Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, courtesy of RopeofSilicon:

The Paperboy - Poster

Lee Daniels (Precious) directs The Paperboy adapted from Peter Dexter's novel of the same name which follows Ward James (Matthew McConaughey), a Miami Times reporter who returns to his hometown to investigate the murder of a local sheriff who is eventually helped by his younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) as they investigate the possible wrongful conviction of a man on death row. Throughout the process Jack falls for the woman (Nicole Kidman) whom the convict (John Cusack) has been romancing through prison correspondence. No official release date has been set, but the film will likely hit theaters sometime in 2012.

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I like this poster a lot. I dig sepia-ness of it and the bottom shot of Cusack's eyes, is wickedly intense. The plot sounds great to boot.

DAVIDPD on Dec 28, 2011


Being a fan of films of the 70's and admiring the 70's genre, I gotta say that is a great poster, very authentic, almost grindhouse themed, love the eyes, the thriller like, Sounds like a good story for this kind of film, and im not a fan of Efron or McConaughey, but if its Lee Daniels, then they will definantley be going against type, I will be looking out for this one

RockySullivan1938 on Dec 28, 2011


awesome style on the poster

Anthony C on Dec 29, 2011


New age fun with a vintage feel. I think I have an app for my phone that does this. Quite like it.

Crapola on Dec 29, 2011


Do you also have a fixie bike with 2-gears?

LW on Dec 29, 2011


do do do dooo! And a synth.

Crapola on Dec 29, 2011


This was a very good book, looking forward to see how the film turns out...

norm on Dec 29, 2011


so sick

Danimal on Dec 29, 2011

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