by: Madison Barnes
It’s recently been confirmed that Jeff Bridges is reviving BARNES with a starring role as the famous art enthusiast himself. The biopic, which has been floating around Hollywood for well over a decade, is being produced by LD Entertainment, but was once set up at both Warner Independent Pictures and Paramount. High profile talent such as Pierce Brosnan and Kevin Kline previously showed interest in the film, but it’s only with the attachment of Bridges that the project is finally moving forward.
The script centers on the story of billionaire art enthusiast Dr. Albert Barnes and his contentious relationship with journalist James Michener over the span of 20 years. Barnes started a famous art foundation in 1922 and was known for his many interests, but most notably his dedication to the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.
Bridges has been in the business since the ’70s, and has proven himself a true artist many times over by avoiding the spotlight and taking a vast array of different roles. Only recently has he become a widespread household name, with a string of hit roles in “Ironman,” “Crazy Heart,” “Tron: Legacy,” and “True Grit.” His addition to this project promises a faithful interpretation of the brilliant but troubled billionaire art collector, and makes this film one to keep an eye on.
Patrick Aiello and Mickey Liddell are producing, with Pete Shilaimon executive producing for LD Entertainment. No word yet on when the project is expected to start filming, as producers are still seeking a director to tie their vision together with their budget of $12 million.
Stay glued to the Tracking Board for updates on the project as it makes it way into production.