John Cusack's always struck me as a fairly modern kinda guy; the hipster insouciance, the knowing irony, the well-moussed-yet-carefully-disheveled hair. So today's bit of potential casting news as related in Variety that Cusack's being circled by The Weinstein Company for a '40s period piece called Shanghai took a few moments to settle in my head. According to Variety, the film will revolve around an American expat who returns to Shanghai in the months before Pearl Harbor due to the death of his friend. This would be Cusack's role, and those of you who know the classics can probably hear the Third Man theme in your head already. Actress Gong Li is already attached to the film, as is director Mikael Hafstrom -- which makes the Cusack connection a bit more plausible in my head, as Hafstrom and Cusack gave us the cheezy-but-chilly 1408 earlier this year.

That, however, isn't the most interesting part of the story (or, rather, it wasn't to me); producer Mike Medavoy is behind the project, and it's apparently been a long-term passion project for Medavoy. In fact, it turns out Medavoy was born and raised in Shanghai, only leaving the city when his parents left for Chile in advance of the Japanese invasion. The Weinstein Company is hoping to head East to begin production on Shanghai early in 2008; there's no word on who's next in line if Cusack passes. ...
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