Cast: Salma Hayek (Frida Kahlo), Alfred Molina (Diego Rivera), Antonio Banderas (David Siqueiros), Ashley Judd (Tina Modotti), Mia Maestro (Kahlo's sister Cristina), Edward Norton (Nelson Rockefeller) and Geoffrey Rush (Trotsky). Norton's role is a cameo appearance.
Director: Julie Taymor (Titus and "The Lion King")
Screenplay: Rodrigo Garcia and Edward Norton (based on a book by Hayden Herrera)
Filming: Filming started in April 7 2001 in Mexico City and lasted for about 11 weeks. Production apparently wrapped mid-June
Release Date: October 25, 2002
12/6/02- Miramax is including "best adapted screenplay" among their "For Your consideration" ads for Frida. Unfortunately, EN's name is not among the listed screenwriters due to a decision by the WGA (Writers Guild of America) that keeps his name out of the credits even though he was the only one of the screenwriters to actually work with Frida director Julie Taymor. So the Frida ad is difficult to look at. If the screenplay were actually receive recognition from one of the organizations, it would be recognizing a screenplay written by EN and could publicly bring attention to his contribution, however, the official recognition (or awards) would go to the listed screenwriters. More details on the situation can be found in the article Knocking on Norton’s door. Advocate.com has posted an interview with Frida director Julie Taymor and in the interview, more about EN's contribution to the script is discussed. A tango with Taymor
10/15/02 - The premiere of Frida was held last night at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art with EN, Salma Hayek, Alfred Molina, Geoffrey Rush, and director Julie Taymor on hand. I've posted newswire photos from the event at the Frida Premiere page.
10/12/02 - A special benefit screening of Frida will be held Monday November 4th at Baltimore's historic Senator Theatre with the proceeds going to the American Visionary Art Museum Info on the screening
9/23/02 The first Red Dragon interview by EN has been posted by today's Dark Horizons- EN interview which includes a mention as to why EN's name is not on the Frida screenplay. “'I got shafted by the Writer’s Guild at the last minute, but I wrote the draft that got made.' Clearly angry at the Guild, he describes the organisation as being 'very arcane and in my opinion, a very corrupt system which I think is heavily biased against people who are not Guild members like me.'”
8/30/02 The world premiere of Frida opened the Venice Film Festival yesterday with Salma Hayek, director Julie Taymor, and co-stars Alfred Molina and Valeria Golino in attendance. Whether or not it will walk away with the Golden Lion is unknown, but it's already scored a favorable Variety review. One thing that is interesting about the review is that while some of the early reviews of Frida have made a point to mention that EN helped rewrite the script, this detail is not included, nor is his name in the screenplay credits in the review. This was a little puzzling since he was credited on Miramax's Frida preliminary website months ago. When I doubled-checked this morning, his name was not among the screenplay credits. Maybe it has something to do with WGA rules. Anyway, just thought I'd mention it. Variety review.
8/16/02 PM Entertainment Weekly Fall Movie Preview issue includes info and a pic from Frida
8/16/02 The text and pics of the Premiere article are up at HayekHeaven.net [Thanks to Jacinda for the Premiere article!]
8/6/02 FOXnews.com posted a favorable Frida review that credited the quality of the film to the script rewrite made by EN. Whether or not this is a fair assumption by the reviewer (not having viewed the versions of the scripts before EN's rewrite), it is a look at the most recent cut of the film right before the Venice premiere. Edward Norton Rewrites Salma Hayek [Thanks to Laura for the info!]
7/30/02 Frida is slated to be open the Venice International Film Festival.
6/22/02- Extra (6/20) had a segment on Frida- Extra screenshots [Thanks to Jacinda for the info!]
Reuters article on Frida- Mexico's Frida Kahlo Heads to Hollywood
L.A. Times article on Frida- Feeling Frida's Pain
Fridamovie.com has a diary of the Frida filming with pictures from the set.
Fridamovie.com reported on June 23 that after 11 weeks, filming was completed on the movie a few days earlier.
Dark Horizons (May 18) reports that EN, Bandaras, Rush and Judd will start filming their scenes at the end of May
Fridamovie.com posted a link to a video clip that includes Edward Norton on (or around) the Frida set. The clip is in Spanish from the local press covering the filming (Real Player format)EN on set video clip.
EN did visit the set on Saturday April 14 (he wasn't in the scenes).
According to the April 2001 issue of Premiere magazine, EN contributed to the script:
KAHLO girl: SALMA HAYEK sure knows how to delegate. While prepping her passion project, a historical drama on artist Frida Kahlo, she asked brainy boyfriend EDWARD NORTON to take a shot at the script. OVer a weekend, while filming Death to Smoochy, Norton squeezed in a rewrite that delighted everyone - especially his producer-star-sweetie.
Websites: Certain websites are covering the production status:
Reel.com Hollywood Confidential column 11/23/00- talks about the status of the two FK projects
Salma and Frida The Book Los Angeles
Taymor in talks to helm Hayek's "Frida", Daily Variety, Tuesday September 19, 2000
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