'The American' Director Finds 'Life' with Unique James Dean Chronicle

May 28, 2013
Source: The Wrap

James Dean

After being at the helm of the quiet thriller The American is 2010, later this year, director Anton Corbijn has an adaptation of John le Carré's A Most Wanted Man with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Rachel McAdams on the way. Now Corbijn is lining up his next project, and it sounds quite compelling. The Wrap says the music video director turned filmmaker is attached to helm Life, a film written by Luke Davies (Candy) which chronicles the interesting relationship that formed between photographer Dennis Stock when he met then-undiscovered star James Dean at a party and saw something special in him. Read on!

Stock is the focus of the story as he feels guilty as an estranged parent to his son. But after meeting Dean in 1955 before the premiere of East of Eden, Stock slowly comes out of his funk after spending time with the kid in Los Angeles, New York, and Indiana, having been commissioned by Life Magazine to photograph the future star. Those photos would eventually gain a lot more attention and turn Stock into a big name in the photography world. Their relationship at the center of this story sounds like it could be something akin to My Week with Marilyn, but we'll have to see who has the chops to play Dean.

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"music video director" turned filmmaker? Corbijn is known as a photographer.

RyanJ on May 28, 2013


Brad Pitt as Dean. with benjamin button style makeup

jeff on May 28, 2013


Brad Pitt looks nothing like James Dean. I was thinking Ryan Gosling...

timnimbus on May 29, 2013


Sounds really good. And I find interesting the fact that it's a very parallel story to Corbijn's own, when he documented Joy Division's career. His pictures became iconic after Ian Curtis' death.

Maria on May 29, 2013


Dane DeHaan

Marcus on May 29, 2013

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