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How does a legal drama about environmental malfeasance a la Eric Brokovich but starring Mark Ruffalo and directed by Todd Haynes (!!!) sound to y'all today? I'd say it sounds pretty fine, pretty fine indeed, and it's not just noise apparently - this is really happening!

Based on a 2016 article in the New York Times about a corporate defense attorney who took on the gigantic DuPont corporation (what is it with Ruffalo and the DuPonts?) and exposed decades worth of criminal pollutive behavior, the project - once called Dry Run but now called we don't know - is set to shoot next year.

This will be Haynes first project to get off the ground since Wonderstruck hit last year, and this feels, on the surface, like kind of a big departure for him, doesn't it? For one he hasn't really directed a movie with a true leading man - if you don't count the dozen Bob Dylans in I'm Not There as leads, anyway - in twenty years with Velvet Goldmine.

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I am flabbergasted at this news. Haynes really has been experimenting post CAROL. First a family film and now a male-driven environmental legal battle film?

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Count me as excited. I love Ruffalo and we need more films with environmental messages. I've never been a big Todd Haynes guy (Todd Field was more my speed and then he up and disappeared), but this sounds promising.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentertr

I like the title DRY RUN

Watch them change it to something lame and bland.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

Well he can finally enter into the Best Actor category during award season.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful

And, Todd as a fellow of purveyor of Beautiful Men, will also find an opportunity for some hard hitting environmental nudity!

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Mark Ruffalo in a Todd Haynes film.... YEP, I'm going to see that.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

Obviously I'll watch anyting Haynes makes but please go back to your queer sensibiities. A spotlight/erin brockovich hybrid heavy on plot and process does not excite me for Haynes.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commentermurtada


His best movie Safe isn't queer.

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenter/3rtful


November 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Thank you for the article - such a great analogy. SAFE is queer by the way!!

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterP

@P. /3rtful never , never knows what he is talking about!!!

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

any news about todd haynes or mark ruffalo making a new movie is great news, let along making one together!

November 9, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterEricB


November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterP


"Safe" is a profoundly queer work, and, yes, Haynes best film. The question is, will Haynes queer up the social issue genre or is he making a film for the paycheck for once? I don't fault anybody for feeling they have to do the latter for some reason or another. (Who are we to judge? He might have adopted a village in Africa he's quietly supporting for all we know.) Still, that doesn't mean I'll see it. I skipped Van Sant's "Finding Forrester" and if this is Haynes version of that, I'll skip it, too.

November 10, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDan H

/Dan H
maybe he is making this film just to make something. Because Amazon dumped his Freud mini-series. But I trust him, I'm sure he just can't make Finding Forrester or something like that. It really sounds very promising. I'm happy that he is not making that Peggy Lee conventional biopic anyway

November 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterFkbyf

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