Selznick announces new director

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There is breaking news regarding the stalled “Gone with the Wind” film production. After several days and hoping to expedite matters, producer David O. Selznick has emerged from his office with another dramatic announcement. 

In a surprising move, Selznick announced that he is removing renowned director Victor Fleming from the “The Wizard of Oz” film project and appointed him the new director of “Gone with the Wind.” This move has generally come as a surprise to industry insiders, as “The Wizard of Oz” has only two weeks left in production. Selznick’s motivations behind Fleming’s removal and re-appointment remain unclear.

Fleming is best known for his direction of “Treasure Island” (1934), “Captains Courageous” (1938), and “Test Pilot” (1939), and is widely regarded as a solid choice for direction of the unwieldy and delay-plagued “Gone with the Wind” production. Besides his considerable
credentials, Fleming is also known for his legendary temper. During the “Wizard of Oz” production, the director became notorious after slapping young actress Judy Garland in the face in response to a “giggle fit.”

Despite the announcement, the “Gone with the Wind” production appears to have made little overall progress, and Selznick made no statement regarding the resumption of filming or the hiring of a writer to replace the dismissed Sidney Howard. Rumors abound, however. An unidentified “older, short man” was recently reported entering Selznick International Studios, though this individual was not present at the producer’s later announcement regarding Fleming’s appointment. At press time, the possible identity of any potential replacement writer remains unknown, despite increasing speculation within the film industry.

Even as some measure of progress in “Gone with the Wind” have become apparent, the clock continues to tick as Selznick International Studios bleeds a staggering amount of money. Further updates on this continuing story will be published as they are made available beginning on Feb. 24 and 27.

LALT will enter “Moonlight and Magnolias” in the Theatre New Mexico State Festival as part of the American Association of Community Theatre Festival. The event takes place March 11-13 in Artesia. They will compete with other New Mexico community theatres to qualify to participate in the regional competition in April. 

Los Alamos Little Theatre will present “Moonlight and Magnolias,” the story of how the “Gone with the Wind” screenplay was rewritten for huge success in a matter of days. 

The series of articles will shed light on each participant’s struggles, leading up the completion of the screenplay.

Show dates are at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, 26, March 4, 5, and 18, and 19. A Sunday matinee will show at 2 p.m. March 6. 

 Tickets will be available in advance at CB Fox and at the door.