If you are a fan of the late Anthony Minghella, take a look at this heartbreaking Variety article about the professional void left by his demise. Some prominent folks have some very nice things to say about the extremely accomplished and respected writer-director-producer, including the fascinating tidbit that the final shots of Atonement, with Robbie and Cecilia on the beach, arose out of his conversations with Joe Wright.
The piece also offers a status report on the fates of the projects he left behind as one half of Mirage Entertainment, the other half being the currently ill Sydney Pollack. The ones that made it far enough through development remain on track, including Minghella's contribution to the short-film compilation New York, I Love You, which Shekhar Kapur has taken over, and the Stephen Daldry-directed The Reader, which still has Scott Rudin to shepherd it through post-production. Productions in earlier stages, such as an untitled David O. Russell project and Minghella's own planned adaptation of Liz Jensen's psychological thriller The Ninth Life of Louis Drax, may well collapse.