There are always a few surprises in the Magic Hat that The Toronto International Film Festival keeps in the back. We always seem to have some pretty big ‘last minute additions’ to the fest in the days leading up to it. This one is a doozy. While the internet is abuzz with the fact that Ron Howard is directing a documentary of the behind the scenes action of Jay Z‘s upcoming Made In America Concert, we are now getting word that another documentary produced by Will and Jada Smith based on the making of the hugely successful album that Hov did with Kanye West Watch The Throne is not only being made, it is rumoured to becoming to TIFF12 to have its premiere.
Directed by Kanye’s Power Video director, Robert Lopuski, this is all very possible as these particular group of media barons are already working together to bring Annie to Broadway. There was a clip that dropped and exploded the interwebs last week that was quickly pulled. It was a great 12 minute behind the scenes footage of what is looking like the doc. It looked great and if we can get 90 minutes of that, than this doc just became a must-watch of the Festival.
Yeah, things just got real interesting.
Shephard Fairey has managed to carve out a very interesting and significant niche for himself. To some he is known as the dude who got President Obama elected with his iconic image whereas to some he is the dude in Bansky‘s Exit Through The Gift Shop.
Regardless of how he is perceived, the fact of the matter is that he has helped shape the counter-culture that laid the groundwork for the creation of things like Occupy Wall Street.
So who better to take on George Orwell’s 1984 as a producer? Teaming up with Brian Grazer and Ron Howard‘s Imagine Entertainment, the group has snagged the rights to the Orwell book that has been such a major influence on us.
While this is the not the first time ’1984′ has been made into a film, (the most famous one starring William Hurt), and other films like V for Vendetta very much elicit a similar response through a very similarly inspired message, this take of the story might be interesting as Fairey has a different way of looking at things of this nature and would definitely inject some of that sensibility into it.
Let’s see what happens.
In the meantime check out the Apple ad that was very much inspired by the utopian society 1984 portrayed.