Movies based on newspaper articles or columns aren’t anything new. Recent examples include, Joe Wright who directed The Soloist based on the relationship between LA Times writer Steve Lopez and musician Nathaniel Ayers, and Owen Wilson, who starred in the romantic comedy Marley and Me, which was based on columns written by John Grogan. Now Deadline is reporting that Shawn Levy will direct a film based on an article written about the end of Kodak’s Kodachrome development.
The article (which you can read here) was written by A.G. Sulzberger and relates the true story of the Kansas-based Dwayne’s Photo, a small-town film developer that wound up as the final location processing Kodachrome film and the ending location of a great many personal odysseys to get final rolls developed. The article suggests that the film will focus on a father/son road trip to Dwayne’s.
Levy’s next project will be Real Steel, a larger than life tale of the robot boxing world. He’ll also be directing James Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage. With all the projects Levy is slated to work on, it is unknown when the director will actually take on the Kodachrome film, but hopefully it’ll be sooner rather than later as it sounds quite interesting.