Denzel Washington Wants Samuel L. Jackson to Star in Film of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson

first_imgWashington has long wanted to executive produce all 10 of the Pulitzer-winning playwrights Century Cycle, something he discussed publicly in back in 2015. In addition to Fences, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson, Wilson’s cycle consists of Radio Golf, King Hedley II, Jitney, Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Gem of the Ocean.Washington was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance on the big screen in Fences alongside Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star Viola Davis, who took home both the Tony and the Oscar for her performance on Broadway and film.  View Comments Fresh off the premiere date news and vibrant first look at the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Denzel Washington has shared that The Piano Lesson is the next Wilson work he hopes to bring to the screen. According to The New York Times, Washington is looking to enlist director Barry Jenkins for the project as well as his son John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson: “The greatest part of what’s left of my career is making sure that August is taken care of,” Washington said. Denzel Washington(Photo by Emilio Madrid for August Wilson (Photo: David Cooper)last_img read more

JLL record 13% European investment drop in 2007

first_imgAccording to the firm’s latest research, investment in Europe declined by 25% to E100bn (£74bn) in the second half of 2007. This was the main reason for a final estimated total figure for the year of E220bn (£163bn). Slump According to Tony Horrell, CEO of European Capital Markets at JLL, this slump is set to continue while a wide-scale price correction, that began towards the end of 2007 moves on through the first half of this year, spreading from the UK across to Europe’s more mature markets. This will result in investment volumes dropping a further 20% on 2007’s figure in 2008. ‘The sub prime market induced credit crunch of early August came at a time when commercial real estate markets were riding high,’ he said. ‘That said, background concerns about the diminishing risk premia for all property types and the sustainability of yields at record lows were evident.’ Key issueHe said: ‘The key issue going forward is the health of the overall financial markets and the availability of debt; at the moment there is a discord between the financial and the real estate markets. Real estate fundamentals remain healthy and we think that the economic backdrop in 2008 will be strong enough to generate positive demand in Europe’s occupier markets.’ ‘So it really is a case of waiting to see how quickly lenders will come back into the market. Although the equity players, such as sovereign funds and institutions, are still looking to buy real estate, once some of the debt backed investors come back into the market we should see a greater momentum of activity.’last_img read more