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Stephen Gaghan and Leo to BLINK atcha for a couple of hours!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little bit on director Stephen Gaghan (writer of TRAFFIC and director of the upcoming SYRIANA)'s next project, a book adaptation that he is scribing and directing from a non-fiction novel called BLINK: THE POWER OF THINKING WITHOUT THINKING. Hollywood Reporter's summary of the book is thus:

... a story about rapid cognition, about the kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye. Gladwell posited that when you meet someone for the first time, or walk into a house you are thinking of buying, or read the first few sentences of a book, your mind takes about two seconds to jump to a series of conclusions. "Blink" is a story about those two seconds when instant conclusions reached by people are really powerful, really important and, occasionally, really good.

Universal is handling the movie and Leonardo DiCaprio is producing and starring. Univeral has also just entered into a two-year first-look production deal with Gaghan. SYRIANA looks excellent and I trust Gaghan to take the above premise and make something special out of it. What do you folks think?

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  • Nov. 10, 2005, 3:35 a.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Really fucking curious. Not so much because of Gaghan or DiCaprio, but because I read the little HR summary and have NO frakkin' clue how they plan to make a movie from that.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 8:30 a.m. CST

    very vague idea for a film...however...

    by the_man_from_Rio

    gaghan's on a roll and nothing can stop him. if he went to a studio and pitched an idea called "gargle: the most unique sound in the world", the studios would swallow it. Having DiCaprio in the film never hurts, so i think a good film is underway. btw, did he finish shooting the scorsese film? wasn't he badly injured in the face by a madwoman? anywho, they shouldnt use the title BLINK, cuz that was a suspense film with madeline stowe...god, that woman is gorgeous...

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 10:04 a.m. CST

    Yeah, this title was already used for that 1994 blind-woman-in-j

    by Osmosis Jones

    And I'd like to stow something in Madeline...

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 12:23 p.m. CST

    I've read another book by Gladwell called The Tipping Point

    by Dijonase24

    And I have to say, if Blink is anything like The Tipping Point I have no idea how they're going to make a movie out of it. TTP is a book about social epidemics (crime, fads, etc.) and how they can be manipulated and controlled. It's a series of case studies that show how to cause a fad, product, or idea to "tip." From what I understand Blink is written in much the same way, as a series of case studies that examine, as the title says, "thinking without thinking," though I may be wrong. I've got a copy of Blink and it's on my list of things to read, but I have yet to get around to it. If I'm right and Blink is a non-fictional series of case studies then I have no idea how they're going to turn it into a movie, unless it's structured like a documentary.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST

    So basically...

    by Wee Willie

    This is a movie about a guy who makes really quick decisions? Can't wait to never, ever see this. When is Leo going to make Titanic Too? About a pair of handsome twins who rebuild the Titanic only to have it sink again. TWICE!

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 1:05 p.m. CST

    a non-fiction novel?

    by ledbetter51

    Novel - n. A fictional prose narrative of considerable length, typically having a plot that is unfolded by the actions, speech, and thoughts of the characters. -- If it's non-fiction it ain't a novel.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 1:06 p.m. CST

    Maybe it'

    by Wee Willie

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe it'll be like Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About

    by Wee Willie

    You know, a bunch of "hilarious" vignettes about a common theme. The common theme here being the ability to make really quick decisions!!! Again, I can't wait to never, ever, nevenon, see this.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Sound interesting but isn't "THINKING WITHOUT THINKING" some

    by Proman1984

    Still, interesting.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 4:04 p.m. CST

    waited to jump into this one..

    by Kamikaze_Jones

    until after the first Bush-bash. Thanks Proman. Anyway, it sounds interesting, ambitious, and I'll be there. It could either be great or totally suck ass, depending on how its handled.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Gaghan Eats Rubber Donkey Dicks for Breakfast.

    by heywood jablomie

    Plus, he's a bad writer-director.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 4:24 p.m. CST


    by Ribbons

    Yeah; then again 'Mean Girls' came from "Queen Bees and Wannabes," which I heard was sort of structured like a nonfictional series of case studies.

  • Nov. 10, 2005, 10:28 p.m. CST

    They're going to do the wargames chapter...

    by Christopher3

    Instinct versus planning. Guess who wins?

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 8:27 a.m. CST

    um, cool?

    by Jack D. Ripper

    I think I'd rather have an original series from Cronenberg than one adapted from one of his films. By the way, Quint and Moriarty seem to have been doing a lot of intros lately, has Harry died or something?

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Sorry is this a Yank thing??

    by DannyOcean01

    Because I'm pretty sure it's accepted as normal when it comes to British cognition. Imagine the surprise when I realise it's a new development to sweet.

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 2:42 p.m. CST


    by TheFount

    This obviously going to be a very, very loose adaptation. There is nothing remotely resembling a stroyline in this book. It is a great book: intelligent, interesting, enjoyable. It is not a novel or anything close. I'm very confused.

  • Nov. 11, 2005, 7:25 p.m. CST

    Well at least we're getting something relatively original ou

    by Orbots Commander