Columbia Pictures has teamed up with director Michael Mann for a biopic of famed photographer, Robert Capa. According to Variety, the director will helm a feature based on the adaptation of “Waiting for Robert Capa,” a Spanish language novel by Susana Fortes. The period drama is the first major project announced for Mann since the release of this summer’s Public Enemies.
According to the trade, the story will begin in Paris in 1935, where Capa, a refugee from fascist Hungary, met Taro, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany. The outbreak of the Spanish Civil War a year later began Capa’s emergence as the most renowned war photographer ever and established Taro as the first front line female battle photographer. She was killed in the Battle of Brunete in 1937. The film will center on their two year love affair, while on the front lines of war.
In recent years, 4,300 photos taken mostly by Capa and Taro during the Spanish Civil War were recently discovered, and are expected to be showcased at Manhattan’s International Center of Photography in fall 2010.
In my opinion, Michael Mann is a hit or miss type of director. Sometimes he can really blow you away with his work (Heat) and other times leave you completely underwhelmed (Public Enemies). With his rocky history, which effect do you think this film will have?
What do you think of Michael Mann directing a Robert Capa biopic?