While Philip Seymour Hoffman leaves behind an indelible legacy, upon news of his untimely death, there's also the tragedy of what might have been.
Perhaps Time critic James Poniewozik said it best, when he tweeted: "A lot of deaths feel sad. Philip Seymour Hoffman’s feels like a robbery." That sense of robbery is especially profound knowing what Hoffman had coming up. Showtime recently ordered Happyish, a show that was set to star Hoffman as an ad man working for people younger than he is. Critics who saw clips of Happyish at the Television Critics Association press tour, have been remarking about how just that little bit of footage blew them away.
10 episodes a season of watching Hoffman play a hilariously bitter ad man with a boss half his age? I SO wanted to have that on my DVR.— Tim Goodman (@BastardMachine) February 2, 2014
The Hollywood Reporter's Goodman, however, also noted that Showtime only filmed the pilot before Hoffman's death. Slate's June Thomas wrote: "The 2-minute clip of Happyish, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, that Showtime showed at TCA was the most exciting thing I saw there." Michael Schneider of TV Guide wrote: "Just a few weeks ago at TCA press tour after Showtime showed clips for HAPPYISH, many of us agreed: Philip Seymour Hoffman was an Emmy lock."
Hoffman also had the final two installments of The Hunger Games franchise lined up, and was set to direct Prohibition Era drama Ezekiel Moss, which had Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal on board. According to Lionsgate via Anne Thompson Hoffman's work was "substantially complete" on the first part of Mockingjay and had seven days of work left on the second.
There are also the Hoffman performances that much of the general public has yet to see. Hoffman was at Sundance with two films, the John Slattery directed-God's Pocket and Anton Corbijn's A Most Wanted Man.
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