[37] It was declared a box office bomb because it did not make back its $25 million budget. "[6] David Evanier, author of Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin (ISBN 978-1-59486-010-2), said "You can put Kevin's obsessiveness about getting the film made right up there with Bobby's obsessiveness. But who is Chuck really? Beyond the Sea by David Lee | Jan 21, 2019. [3] Lions Gate Entertainment quickly picked up the distribution duties, and Spacey found enough investors from England and Germany to continue moving forward on production. Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? A visiting city reporter's assignment suddenly revolves around the murder trial of a local millionaire, whom he befriends. [22] To accumulate financing of the film's $25 million budget, which came from foreign production companies, Spacey performed six songs at the November 2003 American Film Market. A swooning study of "Mack the Knife" singer. This is also one of the reasons why so much of the narrative keys on his relationship with his younger self embodied by the actor he has picked to play himself in his autobiography. Paperback $9.00 $ 9. [18] With his Academy Award-winning performance in American Beauty (1999), Paramount Pictures became interested in distributing/financing Beyond the Sea. Also, there's the connection with his mother. Beyond the Sea is a 2004 American biographical musical drama film based on the life of singer-actor Bobby Darin. A hot shot Washington DC lobbyist and his protégé go down hard as their schemes to peddle influence lead to corruption and murder. 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"[35] Peter Travers, writing in Rolling Stone magazine, believed Spacey could not prevent "the movie from groaning under the weight of biopic clichés. Kevin sees the film as an act of devotion to his mother. Despite a number of negative reviews, some critics praised Spacey's performance, largely because of his decision to use his own singing voice. Beyond the Bright Sea is not as dark and intense as Wolk's YA debut, Wolf Hollow, but the mystery, characters, and vivid sense of place make it hard to put down. Vivid and heart-wrenching, Lauren Wolk’s Beyond the Bright Sea is a gorgeously crafted and tensely paced tale that explores questions of identity, belonging, and the true meaning of family. [24] "It's me singing Bobby and talking about Bobby and talking a little bit about the movie," Spacey explained in June 2004. Depth does not equal self-destructiveness and depression, IMO.This film stands as a great achievement for Kevin Spacey, Kate Bosworth and others. PROT is a patient at a mental hospital who claims to be from a faraway planet named K-PAX. [28], Beginning in October 2004, the Writers Guild of America, West conducted arbitration to determine writing credit for the scripts that had been written since Barry Levinson, who developed the film at Warner Bros. in 1987, left the project. [30], Sandra Dee,[21] Dodd Darin, Jimmy Scalia and Steve Blauner responded enthusiastically to Spacey's work on the film. As early as 1986, Barry Levinson intended to direct a film based on the life of Darin, and he began pre-production on the project in early 1997. Filming for Beyond the Sea took place from November 2003 to January 2004. [3], Spacey said Meek was "not a hired writer" on Beyond the Sea. Rather than providing a straightforward biography, the film weaves fantasy sequences with scenes containing somewhat fictionalized accounts of events in Darin's life, and throughout it, the adult singer interacts with his younger self. Spacey dressed in costumes from the movie for the tour, which started in San Francisco and traveled through Los Angeles, New York City, Boston, Chicago, Miami and Atlantic City before ending in the Wayne Newton Theatre at the Stardust Hotel in Las Vegas. We constantly played Bobby Darin records, and I'd let her listen to the tracks I was recording. [24] Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle felt that Spacey looked too old to portray Darin convincingly and called the film "one of the most embarrassing spectacles of 2004" and "jaw-droppingly awful, a misbegotten and ill-conceived vanity project. [7] James Toback and Lorenzo Carcaterra were hired to rewrite Attanasio's The Bobby Darin Story, which they retitled Dreamer in an attempt to incorporate the information present in Dodd Darin's Dream Lovers. The life of crooner/actor Bobby Darin is presented as part fact, part fiction and much fantasy. Lauren Wolk’s historical novel Beyond the Bright Sea (2017) takes place in 1925. 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