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2004: A Pfeiffer-less Year at the
Movies (30 December 2004)
While Agatha Christie’s grandson spoke enthusiastically about Michelle’s casting, MGM, the studio behind the remake, never confirmed the story. Michelle’s involvement in the project remains highly doubtful.
Michelle’s involvement in Chasing Montana, however, is another story. In March, it was officially announced that Michelle had signed to star in the drama. Scripted, once again, by David E Kelley, Montana is rumoured to have been written especially for Michelle.
In the film, Michelle would play a doctor who vacations with her father (also a doctor) in rustic Montana. While holidaying, the father-daughter team are forced to re-evaluate their lives and relationship through a series of touching, sometimes humorous, incidents.
Critically acclaimed Danish director Susanne Bier (Open Hearts, Brothers) is currently in pre-production on the film, which is likely to begin filming in Calgary, Canada sometime in the first half of 2005. This is once the father of Michelle's character has been cast.
While the pedigree of everyone involved in Montana is encouraging, so too is the fact that Focus Features is behind the film. The independent film production company has, in recent years, produced and distributed a number of small-scale gems, including the Oscar-winning The Pianist, and Lost in Translation. Montana’s executive producer, David L Bushell, was also behind the critically-acclaimed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, another Focus success story.
The final “new project” for Michelle surfaced in September. Half way through the month, rumours started circulating that Michelle had joined the cast of Liberating Paris, a drama to be based on the novel by Linda Bloodworth Thomason.
As it turned out, the rumours were started largely by Bloodworth Thomason, herself, as she spoke in interviews about her ideal cast for a film version of her story. Michelle is Bloodworth Thomason’s first choice to play the character of Milan, one of six smalltown friends coping with secrets, memories and infidelities as they approach middle age.
Michelle was to play a woman whose marriage to her high school sweetheart is on the rocks. Her husband decides to leave, but not before arranging for another man to seduce Michelle’s character. When the husband’s plan starts to work, however, he realises he still loves his wife, setting the scene for a complicated love triangle.
Since April 2003, various tidbits of information on She’s Gone have emerged, including rumours that Richard Gere was considering the role of Michelle’s husband. In 2004, South American director Juan Jose Campanella was named the film's director. But once again, the lack of any further, solid news suggests the film’s development has stalled once again. Michelle may even have gone from the project. No one is talking.
Michelle’s Personal Life in 2004
May saw Michelle and David appear at Earth to LA, a charity event benefiting the Natural Resources Defense Council.
In October, Michelle and David were present at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence Benefit, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Finally, on 28 October, Michelle appeared, along with director Martin Scorsese and other celebrities, at a New York tribute to fashion designer Giorgio Armani- Michelle’s favourite designer. The tribute was entitled The Fashion Group International's 21st Annual Night of Stars.
In a final note on Michelle’s personal life in 2004: On 13 November, Michelle and David celebrated their 11th wedding anniversary.
And that was The Year in Pfeiffer 2004. We wait in anticipation to see if Michelle makes it back to the Silver Screen, where she belongs, in 2005.