Busy Blogger Roundup: The “I Love Rumours” edition

by July 12, 2012 Coming Soon

We’ve got a bit of grist from the rumor mill for you today, as the Busy Bloggers of the world have been busy figuring out Mr. Waltz’s next move!

I stress these are RUMOURS, and while I normally shy away from them – the things coming out right now are flying fast and furious so I will compile them with my takes on their likelihood.

  • Opera Magazine is reporting that in the 2016/2017 season, Christoph Waltz will be directing Renee Fleming in her farewell to the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, a production of Der Rosenkavalier.

If this is true, it’s a major career departure for Mr. Waltz, and a return to the theater.  In past interviews he’s been noted as expressing his disappointment with the stage and lack of desire to return to it – but perhaps that’s just as an actor and not as a director? In any rate, 2016/2017 is a long way away, and this is going to be a major event in the Opera world.  We’ll be watching for more information on this if and when it materializes.

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  • Italian sources are reporting that Christoph Waltz is linked to “Frei”, set at the end of World War 2. A Nazi commander is escaping at the end of the war and encounters a Jewish woman who he rescues. Bernd Fischerauer is set to produce and direct, starting in October 2012.  Source and Source

If the production was right, the script was good, and the story was compelling, I could see this happening.  Prior to this, USA Today reported Mr. Waltz was going to direct after Django Unchained was finished filming, but perhaps that has been put on hold for now?

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  • IMDB has Christoph Waltz linked to a film called Tombstone Smackdown, currently in Script stage, on IMDB Pro but there is no further public information about it. As IMDB can be modified by anyone, nothing is confirmed until production actually begins.

I don’t personally believe it.  Maybe I just don’t want to believe it.

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  •  Christoph Waltz is to portray Carlos Kleiber, the Viennese-Argentinian conductor in an upcoming film.

This one is being discussed by CWF members but no source can be found for the origination.  In the recent article about the Jaguar XKR-S in Deutschland GQ, Mr. Waltz related an anecdote about Kleiber.  It has been shown in the past that Waltz alludes to his upcoming work and co-stars in interviews (Jodie Foster, Will Smith for Django Unchained as two examples), so perhaps this is a clue?

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Profile photo of Kelley (Sacher) Kelley (Sacher) July 12, 2012 at 12:05 pm

PS: he’s still not in Spider Man.

Profile photo of Maggy Maggy July 12, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I’ve heard of that Italian movie but the other rumours are new for me. =)

Profile photo of shomangaka shomangaka July 13, 2012 at 12:23 am

the possibilities are exciting.

Profile photo of Maggy Maggy July 16, 2012 at 8:09 am

Hope he will act in the Carlos Kleiber movie. It would be a very interesting part for an actor (to conduct etc.)…

Profile photo of jekkie34 Jekkie34 July 16, 2012 at 4:56 pm

“Tombstone Smackdown” sounds like one of those cheesy movies on the SyFy channel…..unless Quentin Tarantino is directing/writing it, then it sounds AWESOME!!!

Profile photo of Kelley (Sacher) Kelley (Sacher) July 23, 2012 at 5:46 am

Nope. It was being directed by the Happy Madison crew (aka Adam Sandler’s production co.) Hence, my low “likelihood” rating. The only way it’d be cool for him to be in it, would be as a cameo insulting the lead character.

Profile photo of Maggy Maggy July 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm

There was a rumour 2010 / 2011 that he and Kate Winslet are designated as Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun in an upcoming movie (published 2013 or later)……..a nazi again?! xD
What do you think about this?
The main point for me is, that he will continue to work – whatsoever! I want to see him in each part, even as Hitler (should be an interesting role for an actor)!^^

Profile photo of Maggy Maggy July 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm
Profile photo of Ghost Ghost July 20, 2012 at 4:37 am

That’s not very likely to happen. The last news about it are from 2010 and it doesn’t seem like he’s had any luck funding his project since then. It was supposed to premiere in Feb 2013 which is already more than unlikely to match.

All in all, more that guy’s wish than reality.

Profile photo of Maggy Maggy July 20, 2012 at 12:21 pm

That’s also my opinion…^^

Profile photo of Kelley (Sacher) Kelley (Sacher) July 23, 2012 at 5:43 am

Also let’s not forget Panni, a movie CW has been tied to many times due to the director saying he spoke with CW about it, but as so far has not moved an inch into production.

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