Feature Drama (In Development)
Based upon Giuseppe Tornatore’s L’uomo Della Stelle (Nominated for Best Foreign Language Oscar), The Star Maker traces the crooked path of Joe Morrison across the great plains of Nebraska in the 1930s.
Posing as a talent scout from Hollywood, Joe hawks phony screen tests in which hopefuls supposedly audition for a starring role in “Gone With The Wind.” However, when the trickster falls for one of his marks, Beatrice Blue, he discovers there is more to life than grifting. Joe’s conscience becomes his downfall but may be his only hope at redemption.
“In the period of Tornatore’s stories, the movies had not become so familiar to their audiences – they had not lost their mystery. There was still a barrier of glamor between the audience and the film. It was believed that movie stars, in some way, had transcended the mundane lot of the rest of us, and ascended to a more glorious plane. And that (here is the crucial part) the movies themselves had caused that glorification. To be touched by the movies was perhaps to be sanctified.”
– Roger Ebert