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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 20, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Director news, from ‘Star Wars’ to Shakespeare

A mini-roundup of news, to cap off the week:

  • “Star Wars” fans (I know you’re out there), take note: Rian Johnson, whose credits include his debut feature “Brick’ (an intriguing high-school noir), the clever  2012 Joseph Gordon Levitt film “Looper,” and a few episodes of “Breaking Bad,” looks to be the next “Star Wars” director, taking over the franchise from J.J. Abrams for Episodes VIII and IX. Should keep him busy for a while.
  • Speaking of J.J. Abrams, he’s curently working with author Colum McCann to adapt McCann’s wonderful novel “Let the Great World Spin” for the screen. I love McCann’s description, to the New York Times, of how a novel becomes a movie: ” To adapt a book you have to be able to lift it in the air, let it fall, then reassemble the shattered pieces. J. J. knows how to get the mosaic right.”
  • Julie Taymor has shot a movie version of her acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” filmed (by cinematographer Roberto Prieto, whose work includes “Frida,” “Lust, Caution” and “Brokeback Mountain) during the last four performances of the play at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center in Brooklyn earlier this year. It’s likely, she says, to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall.

Enjoy the sunshine!

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