The Oscar gods give and the Oscar gods take away. Whereas Focus Options is lastly giving Todd Haynes’ “Darkish Waters” a primetime award-season November launch date, Netflix will push its Dee Rees drama “The Final Factor He Needed” towards a potential 2020 Sundance debut.
Focus and Participant Media teamed on the Haynes drama, which relies on the true story of environmental protection legal professional Robert Bilott (Mark Ruffalo) as he took on chemical polluter DuPont. It was tailored most lately by Mario Correa and first author Matthew Michael Carnahan from Nathaniel Wealthy’s New York Instances Journal article, “The Lawyer Who Grew to become DuPont’s Worst Nightmare.”
Anne Hathaway stars reverse Ruffalo as Biliott’s spouse, Sarah; she’s additionally the star of “The Final Factor He Needed,” which Rees and Marco Villalobos tailored from the 1997 Joan Didion novel. The film costars Ben Affleck and Willem Dafoe.
One other would-be awards title, Fox Searchlight’s “Wendy,” stays within the enhancing room. Searchlight has confirmed that Benh Zeitlin’s long-anticipated follow-up to “Beasts of the Southern Wild” is not going to floor in 2019, however will attain launch in 2020.
Haynes often helms his personal idiosyncratic tasks reminiscent of 2017 Amazon launch “Wonderstruck” and Oscar contenders “Far From Heaven” and “Carol.” Nevertheless, he chased down the chance to direct “Darkish Waters,” which resembles biographical Oscar bait reminiscent of “Erin Brockovich” and “Foxcatcher,” wherein Ruffalo starred reverse Steve Carell.
Three-time Oscar nominee Ruffalo (“The Youngsters Are All Proper,” “Foxcatcher,” “Highlight”) additionally produced the movie with Haynes’ longtime collaborators Christine Vachon and Pamela Koffler of Killer Movies.
The film, which costars Tim Robbins and Invoice Pullman, was not prepared in time for the sooner fall movie festivals, however would possibly flip up at AFI Fest in November. Focus will open the film restricted November 22, with growth every week later.
Whereas Ruffalo’s day job is enjoying the Hulk in numerous Marvel films, he’s deeply invested in headier fare. He government produces and stars as twin brothers Dominick and Thomas Birdsey in HBO restricted sequence “I Know This A lot Is True” (2020) primarily based on Wally Lamb’s 1998 novel and costarring Melissa Leo and Rosie O’Donnell. He’s additionally connected to star as CBS information producer Don Hewitt reverse Chris Pine as Walter Cronkite in Ben Jacoby’s “Newsflash,” which follows the anchor on November 22, 1963, the day President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Texas, as Hewitt and Cronkite attempt to dig out the reality of the story.
Mark Ruffalo : Robert Bilott
Anne Hathaway : Sarah Bilott
Tim Robbins : Tom Terp
William Jackson Harper
Denise Dal Vera : Sandra Tennant