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From "Dark Horizons"; not much info yet:

"Sony Pictures has acquired an untitled P.T. Barnum biopic pitch from Stan Chervin ("Moneyball," "J Mac") says Variety.

The story will cover the early years of Barnum, who rose from a shopkeeper to the charismatic showman who built the circus he called "The Greatest Show on Earth."

Todd Garner ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice") will produce."
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I'd like to see it done sort of fictionalized as if Barnum himself was telling it. Like, he would actually be attacked by wild men of borneo and feejee mermaids. Just completely over the top. That would be awesome.
They'll probably play it straight though.
That would be okay too, as long as there's plenty of dime museum footage.
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Yeah and I'm in it and some Zibits and stuff. I need to find out who's makin' this thing!
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At the very least they should hire you to design the Mermaids.
Hey, I was just looking at the pics at the bottom of your site, did you make those elephants??? Smile
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Yeah.
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Well they're very lifelike.
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This will be the third or fourth bio on Barnum.
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On 2009-07-22 22:43, Todd Robbins wrote:
This will be the third or fourth bio on Barnum.


and there was the Broadway Musical with Jim Dale as Barnum.
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I'd like to see it done sort of fictionalized as if Barnum himself was telling it. Like, he would actually be attacked by wild men of borneo and feejee mermaids. Just completely over the top. That would be awesome.
They'll probably play it straight though.
That would be okay too, as long as there's plenty of dime museum footage.


I think if they fictionalized it it would seem like Big Fish. If they did it right I would be very cool.


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On 2009-07-22 22:43, Todd Robbins wrote:
This will be the third or fourth bio on Barnum.


and there was the Broadway Musical with Jim Dale as Barnum.


Glen Close played Charity Barnum and Michael Crawford originated the role in England.
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On 2009-07-22 23:36, Eddie Garland wrote:
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On 2009-07-22 22:43, Todd Robbins wrote:
This will be the third or fourth bio on Barnum.


and there was the Broadway Musical with Jim Dale as Barnum.


Glen Close played Charity Barnum and Michael Crawford originated the role in England.


Yes sir...but Dale was indeed first in 1980...it was a good old American production directed and choreographed by Joe Layton.

Crawford did it in 1981...but it is the production available on DVD thus the confusion.
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But the real star of the show was the fire eater on the outside of the Palladium in Argyle Street,employed as a Q pleaser by the director.

Crawford was a real nice guy and a true pro,,,2 shows daily = 6hrs high capacity stage work including a rope walk from one side to the other. The dedication of this guy in learning to tightrope in less than three months beggars belief.

Wonder who the streetworker was !!!! Bald,,,,very good looking,,,,talented,,,,in his prime,,,,,and a hell of a lot younger then !!!

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You continually make me proud of your aquaintence and friendship.

I wish I was 40 years younger...so some day in the future I could say..."I knew that guy! He was more than a legend!"
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My friend R.J. Lewis did the same thing here in NYC.

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But the real star of the show was the fire eater on the outside of the Palladium in Argyle Street,employed as a Q pleaser by the director.

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As for the bio-pic, Tim Burton would do an interesting job as would Terry Gilliam. In their hands it might not be factual or even good, but it would be interesting. I would think Phillip Seymour Hoffman or John C. Reilly would both do well as Barnum. I'm sure it will be offered to Jack Black and that is just a very bad idea. Same thing for Will Ferrell. There are a couple guys that do those Judd Apatow movies that could also pull it off, though I can never remember their names nor tell one from another.
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Reilly has PT's nose.

Good call on Black & Ferrell..terrible.

Gilliam would have the Art direction down and EXACT to the period. My vote.
Burton to quirky and his 'style' is getting redundant.


As to PT himself...Hoffman doesn't have the 'twinkle'. I'm afraid he will be portrayed as Bombastic rather than ebulient and full of wonder and warmth. I would choose (don't flame me) Tom Sellek...for the eyes...make up and cgi could handle the rest. Other choice would be Jeffrey Rush.
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Mira Nair could direct it...especially if Amelia is good.

http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/amelia/

I always love her use of vivid colors in period films.
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Other choice would be Jeffrey Rush.


And if we are going to look at English actors, especially ones that can do an American dialect, my vote goes for the most watchable actor working today...Ian McShane. If he could make that evil character on Deadwood sympathetic, then he would roar as Barnum. He knows how to play larger than life characters.
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Ian McShane would be wonderful. I think Kenneth Branagh could be good too, if he were tightly directed.
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Jason Alexander, perhaps?
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