Birdman Is “Targeting” 2014

HE to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: Congrats on yesterday’s start of principal photography on Birdman, your Michael Keaton-Edward Norton dramedy about a somewhat faded Hollywood actor from the CG-bullshit-blockbuster realm trying to revive his career by starring in a Broadway play based on a Raymond Carver story. Nobody likes to put pressure on themselves but the Fox Searchlight release suggests that your film could be released at the end of 2013. If you decide to make the effort and add gray hairs.

A rep for Fox Searchlight, Birdman‘s distributor, says “we’re targeting 2014” so that’s that, I guess. Then again David O. Russell‘s ABSCAM film is only a month ahead of you and that will definitely be released by mid December, Sony has announced. I realize it wouldn’t be easy but you could do it.

A ten-week shoot means you’ll be wrapped on July 1st or by July 15th if you go twelve weeks. If you firmly commit to five months in post-production you could have Birdman ready for release by mid-December. Especially if you shoot for ten weeks. Definitely possible and not all that crazy. If the editing goes well and the Movie Godz are favoring.

Shooting for Cannes 2014 is the simpler and more sensible thing — I get that. And you’ve never done a “comedy” so this is new turf. I’ll assume 2014 unless I hear otherwise…howzat?

In addition to Keaton and Norton Birdman costars Lindsay Duncan, Zach Galifianakis, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts. The film will be a New Regency production with Inarritu and John Lesher serving as producers. Pic will be produced by New Regency. Fox Searchlight Pictures will market and distribute.

  • Sonny Hooper

    I’m not sure which act of arrogance I find more distasteful, that you’re schooling Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on how long production/post-production takes, or that you’re pressuring him to meet some arbitrary release date you’ve decided upon for no reason other than you want what you want and you want it now. I won’t even get into the whole open letter format of the post.

    • joeybot

      Wells wants it as fast as it can so it can get the “grey hair audience.” Which means, he wants to see it.

      Cause he’s old.

  • CBJ

    Jeff, there are some doctor and lawyer friends of mine who might be able to use advice on their professions too if you want me to forward their emails to you.

  • Taller Than Rpatz

    Until you hear otherwise? You mean until they take back what they’ve already said?

  • berg

    not really related but there is a great Michael Keaton film called GAME 6 where he plays a broadway playwright, and robert downey jr is a critic out to get him: all against the backdrop of the mets/ red sox playoff game

    • CBJ

      berg, I really dig that movie too. And Keaton + Edward Norton sounds promising, but Keaton working more often in any context sounds promising.

  • roland1824

    You should have CC’d Marty, so he can weigh in here as well.

    • Raising_Kaned

      Or at least written “care of: Penelope Cruz,” lol.

  • I still kind of wish this was a Harvey Birdman movie, but I’ll take whatever Michael Keaton I can get.