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All the King's Men Attracts All of Hollywood's Talent

An upcoming remake of "All the King's Men" has emerged as an Oscar contender before the first frame is shot. The Hollywood Reporter says Sean Penn and Jude Law have already signed on, and Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Mark Ruffalo are in negotiations. For those keeping score, that makes two Oscar winners (Streep and Penn), two nominees (Law and Winslet), and a well regarded actor whose name has popped up in Oscar discussions (Ruffalo).

The film is being directed by Pauly Shore.

Just kidding. Writer/director Steven Zaillian ("A Civil Action") is handling helming and scripting duties. Zaillian won a screenwriting Oscar in 1994 for his adaptation of "Schindler's List."

"All the King's Men" was first adapted in 1949 from Robert Penn Warren's Pulitzer=winning novel. The story, based on Louisiana Gov. Huey Long, follows politician Willie Stark (Penn) as he sheds his utopian ideals in a push for more political power.

The film is scheduled for release in 2005. -- Mac Slocum

Posted by Mac on September 29, 2004 12:14 PM
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