Warren Beatty’s long-in-the-works Howard Hughes biopic will be released by 20th Century Fox and New Regency, with the final touches being done now to set a fall release. A landing place for Beatty’s passion project, which has long been in the can, was the final piece of the puzzle.
Beatty was on hand at CinemaCon today in Las Vegas to present the Legends of Cinema Award to New Regency boss Arnon Milchan, where news of the companies’ involvement leaked out. We understand the release plan is being squared away now and a title will be announced soon on the pic, the subject matter of which even now is still mostly being kept under wraps. One thing we do know: despite rumors, it is not going to Cannes this year.
Alden Ehrenreich, who plays Hughes’ assistant, and Lily Collins, who plays the assistant’s actress love interest, star along with the likes of Martin Sheen, Matthew Broderick, Annette Bening and Alec Baldwin. The focus of the film is the love story between those two characters. Beatty plays Hughes.
The roughly $26.7M production, which Beatty is also directing, was funded by Milchan’s New Regency and billionaires Ron Burkle, Steve Bing, Windsor Media’s Terry Semel, James Packer and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment. Ratner and Beatty are producing with Packer exec producing.