DreamWorks Setting Up Kodachrome Project for Shawn Levy

The 'Real Steel' director will produce and possibly direct this tale about the downfall of Kodak's special brand of film, which had a devout following.
DreamWorks setting up Kodachrome project for producer/director Shawn Levy
DreamWorks setting up Kodachrome project for producer/director Shawn Levy
Filmmaker Shawn Levy has come aboard to produce and possibly direct an untitled project for DreamWorks about the cult following of the Kodachrome film format. Jonathan Tropper will write the screenplay, which will be based off a New York Times article from December about the last Kodachrome facility in the country shutting down.

Kodak launched its Kodachrome film line in 1935, which was the first still photography film that could capture color. The format gained a devoted fan base, even though in recent times, there was only one shop in the world that could process Kodachrome film, Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas.

Since Kodak stopped making the chemicals to process Kodachrome in 2009, Dwayne's Photo only had the materials to process Kodachrome until the end of 2010, after which the last Kodachrome machine was sold off for scraps. Before the machine was shut down, though, the store received thousands of packages containing discontinued rolls of Kodachrome to be processed, most of them stored away in freezers.

The movie will be set up as a road trip, with a father and son taking a pilgrimage to the Kansas shop, their last chance to process their old film before it is lost forever.

No production schedule was released for the untitled production.


Sources: Deadline

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  1. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus as do i and altho alien 3 was very ifferent from the first 2 i got the impression thatis what they were going for.

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  2. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise I like all the alien films.

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  3. skywise

    @bawnian-dexeus I didnt know what to think but knowthing that Fincher was behind it gave me hope and low and behold he has yet to disapoint...unless you just cant stand Alien 3. His useof neon lighting is very unique and worked well in fight club and certain scenes in TSN.

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  4. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @skywise and that I expected that to be a doc

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  5. skywise

    Sounds boring but then again...so did the Social Network when i first heard anout it.

    3 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. thedude-abides

    @bawnian-dexeus Not really sure. Sounds like it could be either one.

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  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @thedude-abides All I read was Kodak and Dreamworks. My mind went a little blank for some reason. is it a doc*mentary or drama or what?

    3 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. thedude-abides

    Agreed, @bawnian-dexeus. What?

    This is a very unique premise to say the least.

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