Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, in addition to being a great artist, is an inveterate movie buff, and has great respect for William Friedkin, who passed away a month ago, on August 7, at the age of 87. Del Toro has expressed his desire for Friedkin’s latest film to be shown on the big screen. The director’s posthumous work, titled The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, made its debut at the Venice Film Festival and is expected to launch on the Paramount+ digital platform and on Showtime later this year. But not content with this digital and television release, del Toro took to Twitter to make an impassioned appeal.
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William Friedkin was a pivotal figure in the “New Hollywood” movement of the 1970s. Born in Chicago to a family of Ukrainian Jewish immigrants in 1935, he was influenced from an early age by classics like Citizen Kane – 100%. She began her career in live television and documentaries before moving to film. She achieved early success with Contact in France- 98% (1971), winner of five Academy Awards, including Best Director. Later he directed The Exorcist- 87% (1973), a masterpiece of the horror genre that also earned him an Oscar nomination.
Despite the initial acclaim, Friedkin’s career had its ups and downs. Movies like The wages of fear – 80% (1977) and The Brink’s Job (1978) did not achieve the same impact at the box office. However, she continued to work in a variety of genres, from the thriller To Live and Die in Los Angeles- 90% (1985) up to the black comedy Killer Joe – 78% (2011).
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Friedkin’s latest project centers on a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, written by Hermon Wouk. The film stars Kiefer Sutherland as a Lieutenant Commander on trial for taking control of a ship under dangerous circumstances.
Annabelle Dunnethe producer of the film, commented (via Indie Wire) that getting funding required having a second director on board, given Friedkin’s advanced age. “In Hollywood, sometimes age is a barrier, especially when it comes to insurance,” Dunne said. It was then that Friedkin suggested Del Toro’s name as his substitute director, something the Mexican accepted wholeheartedly.
Del Toro not only accepted the role, but also committed to being on set daily. And he kept his promise, despite being immersed in post-production on his own film, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio. 96% According to Dunne, the filmmaker’s presence on set was a source of joy for the entire team, and he added a touch of magic to the work environment. The film will initially be released on Paramount+ and on Showtime in the US on October 6 and 8 respectively. However, if of Guillermo del Toro Depends, that won’t be the last place audiences get a chance to appreciate Friedkin’s latest masterpiece:
I know it’s not the ‘blueprint’ for a streaming platform, but… this is Friedkin’s latest film. Can we get a theatrical release? It doesn’t matter if it’s limited. Only respect for a teacher.
Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director, producer and screenwriter known as much for his skill in the art of storytelling as for his warmth and personal accessibility. His filmography, which includes films like El Laberinto del Fauno- 95% and The Shape of Water – 92%, reflects an overflowing imagination and a deep love for the fantastic and the macabre. Beyond his talents on film, del Toro is renowned for his generosity and kindness to both colleagues and fans.
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