With the announcement of the Cannes 2014 lineup comes a great deal of information on new films from talented filmmakers. Among those is Atom Egoyan, whose latest film The Captive just got a first trailer. Ryan Reynolds stars as a father whose daughter is kidnapped while he quickly runs into a store to get a pie for dinner. The frightening occurrence is just the start of a long, intricate kidnapping plot that involves characters played by Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Durand and Bruce Greenwood.
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The case of the West Memphis Three has been thoroughly documented in no less than four non-fiction films. But here’s The Devil’s Knot trailer, which represents the effort of Canadian director Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter) to dramatize the story. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in this telling, which begins with the perspective of the parents of the children who were killed in Arkansas in 1993. Eventually, however, we see some of the perspective of the three young men who were wrongly accused of committing the crimes. Read More »
As talented as Atom Egoyan is, he undertook an incredibly difficult task in making a film about the West Memphis Three. The disturbing and fascinating yet ultimately redemptive true story of three young boys convicted of a murder they didn’t commit has already been told near perfectly in no-less-than four documentaries. So right off the bat, Devil’s Knot faces an uphill battle.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and buzz was quite mixed. Still, with a cast that includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer Amy Ryan, Devil’s Knot is undoubtedly a film that deserves some attention.
Check out the first trailer and poster for the film, which doesn’t have a US release date yet, below. Read More »
Even after the three men were freed last year, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, and Jason Baldwin, aka the West Memphis Three, remain figures of intense interest. There are four major documentaries about the murder case that saw the three young men sentenced to death (Echols) and life in prison (Misskelley and Baldwin) for the murders of three boys. There has long been a strong argument for the innocence of the Three, and there is nothing quite so compelling as a story of failed justice.
Atom Egoyan, director of The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe, is making Devil’s Knot, a piece of fiction inspired by the case. The cast features a mixture of well-known names (Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan) and newcomers and lesser-known actors such as James Hamrick, Kristopher Higgins, and Justin Castor who play Echols, Misskelley, and Baldwin.
Now Egoyan has talked about what his film will be, and how he sees the case. Read More »
If I needed to I could come up with two films more different than Kathryn Bigelow‘s “kill Osama Bin Laden” movie Zero Dark Thirty and Atom Egoyan‘s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot. But for the sake of argument let’s note that despite being fiction based in truth, they’re still pretty seriously different projects.Both films do have one other thing in common, in that they will rely on relative unknowns for pivotal roles.
First, Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, which recounts the successful attempt to kill Osama Bin Laden, will actually feature an actor as the terrorist figurehead — something we weren’t sure about at one point. Ricky Sekhon, a British actor with some TV experience, will play the part. He’s already shot the role, according to Baz Bamigoye.
The film is still shooting, however, with a December 19th opening planned. The cast also features Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Frank Grillo, Harold Perrineau Jr., Mark Duplass, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Edgar Ramirez , and more.
After the break, Atom Egoyan has chosen a newcomer to play Damien Echols, one of the convicted West Memphis Three. Read More »
Tell me if you had a similar experience. Every year when I was a kid my father would wait until I was having the most fun during Memorial Day weekend – I’d either be mid-chomp on a hot dog or about to leap off a diving board – when he’d remind me that, “this weekend isn’t just about having fun, it’s about honoring the dead!”
He was right, of course, and this no doubt could inspire me to guilt you into watching more movies about brave soldiers dying so you can enjoy your freedoms. I thought, however, I’d widen the margin and use this week’s TBMYPHS to discuss cinematic portrayals of grieving.
There, I’ve done it – I’ve out-downered my own father. Have a gloomy, depressing weekend, everyone! Read More »
The star power that came out in defense of the West Memphis Three was remarkable and now there’s added juice behind an eventual dramatic film version. Oscar-winner Colin Firth has just joined previously cast Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Knot, the first narrative feature (after several documentaries) concerning the complicated yet fascinating subject of the West Memphis Three. It’ll be directed by Atom Egoyan and is based on the non-fiction book by Mara Leveritt.
Firth will play Ron Lax, a private investigator who was instrumental in finding key evidence that raised considerable doubt as to the guilt of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of victim Steven Branch and the wife of the man believed to have committed the crimes. There’s more after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, December 16th, 2011 by Angie Han
Months after we first heard of Atom Egoyan‘s planned feature about the West Memphis Three, the project has found its first star. Reese Witherspoon has boarded The Devil’s Knot, based on reporter Mara Leveritt‘s 2003 nonfiction book which chronicled the 1994 trials that put two teenagers in prison for life and another on death row for the murder of three eight-year-old boys, despite a lack of physical evidence. After years of appeals, the three men were finally freed this summer. More details after the jump.
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