Philip Seymour Hoffman : The fate of his future projects


In addition to the seven days work he had left on “The Hunger Games : Mockingjay Part 2”, Philip Seymour Hoffman – who sadly passed away Sunday, aged 46 – had several high-profile projects ready-to-go. Needless to say, those involved in a couple of the films Hoffman was involved in still hope they’ll be able to push forward, after reworking things, while others will likely decide to cancel their plans.

Here’s what the Oscar Winner had on his to-do card at the time of his death :

Ezekiel Moss
Just yesterday, we reported that Hoffman had planned to direct the prohibition-era drama. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal were attached to star in the movie, based on a 2011 Black List script about a mysterious drifter who changes the life of a widow. The project was going to be shopped at Berlin. “Exclusive Media is deeply saddened to learn the shocking news of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s passing. He was a truly gifted actor and director who not only inspired his fellow colleagues, but audiences around the world and he will be greatly missed. We give our sincere condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time. As such, Exclusive Media will not be presenting Ezekiel Moss to international buyers at EFM at this time while producers explore the next steps for the film.”

Hoffman had inked a deal to star in his first series, a trailer of which was shown up at the Upfronts a couple of weeks ago. “Philip Seymour Hoffman was one of our generation’s finest and most brilliant actors. He was also a gifted comedic talent. It was a great privilege and pleasure to work with him and we are all absolutely devastated by this sudden loss. Our thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time”, said Showtime, who housed the project. The network’s David Nevins had promoted the show as being “about the fear — in this world of 25 year old CEOs and 27 year old billionaires — of becoming culturally irrelevant at a surprisingly young age. Hoffman plays Thom Payne, a successful but self loathing creative director at a New York ad agency.” Apparently Hoffman was the main reason the show got picked up, and it catered to his talents, so wouldn’t be surprised if Showtime decide not to go ahead with this one now.

In addition to a couple of films he had in the can (“A Most Wanted Man”, “God’s Pocket”), Hoffman was onboard a few films as a producer – including “The Farm”, based on Manny Howard’s book about a man that turns his urban backyard into a farm, “The Well”, which Mary-Louise Parker was attached to, and told of a couple who destroy themselves in an effort to get rich, and an untitled basketball drama, set in the ’60s when integrated teams were granted the right to play in the NCAA. Hoffman’s was also involved in Kazuo Ohno’s “Mr. Crumpacker and the Man from the Letter”, about an overbearing boss who searches for the meaning of life.