The late William Friedkin’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial starring Kiefer Sutherland will play at the Venice Film Festival.
Earlier today, the world lost one of Hollywood’s most influential filmmakers, William Friedkin. As condolences and wishes for peace pour in from family, friends, co-workers, and fans, we’d like to remind everyone that Friedkin’s final work, The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, is heading to this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The annual festival continues despite the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, with films by Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, and Bradley Cooper also hitting the scene. The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial arrives as part of the festival’s non-competition program. The story is based on Herman Wouk’s classic novel The Caine Mutiny and takes place in World War II. The story follows a young Navy recruit who ends up on a Pacific minesweeper. When the commanding officer shows signs of becoming unhinged, the XO takes command but is later court-martialed for mutiny.
This new version of The Caine Mutiny will give the story a contemporary spin. “The original piece was written for WWII, and Wouk included all the pent-up anger in this country over Pearl Harbor,” Friedkin told Deadline in 2022. “I’ve updated the piece so that it is no longer Pearl Harbor. I’ve updated it to include the Gulf of Hormuz as well as the Straits of Hormuz leading to Iran. Commander Queeg. Friedkin said: “I think he’s one of the most talented actors in America. One of the very best.” “I watched every episode of his show, 24. I thought he was just great but that he could do a lot more, and this gives him an opportunity to stretch.”In addition to Friedkin’s The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial
, the Venice Film Festival is hosting Maestro, the Bradley Cooper-directed biopic of Leonard Bernstein, Michael Mann’s race-car drama Ferrari, and David Fincher’s The Killer, a hitman drama starring Michael Fassbender. Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Things, and Ava DuVernay’s Origin also join the Golden Lion competition. Other selections include films from Woody Allen and Roman Polanski. Comment below to let us know.