Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Henri-Georges Clouzot‘s The Wages of Fear is one of the best thrillers ever made, a despairing, sentiment-free, white-knuckle road trip into a nightmare. When it comes to powerful portraits of shattered masculinity barely surviving in the shadow of capitalism and existential dread, cinema pretty much peaked in 1953. So it’s actually kind of insane that William Friedkin‘s 1977 remake, Sorcerer, is also a masterpiece, although you’ll find two dedicated camps debating over which version is superior.
Now, a third take on the material is on the day. Ben Wheatley, the twisted genius behind Kill List, Sightseers, and A Field in England, is in talks to remake The Wages of Fear and we’re oddly cool about it. After all, things worked out pretty well the last time a genius filmmaker decided to remake this movie, and here’s a hot take for you: Wheatley is a brilliant talent who deserves to be mentioned in the same sentence as Clouzot and Friedkin. He’s one of the few filmmakers working today who deserves a “remake whatever the hell you want” pass.
Find everything we currently know about the Wages of Fear remake after the jump.
Read More »
There’s no trailer for Ben Wheatley‘s High-Rise, seemingly in part because there’s isn’t a firm release plan announced in the UK, and no US distributor. We’re waiting eagerly for news of the film’s theatrical release. In the meantime, however, we’ve got two new High-Rise images showing Jeremy Irons, Tom Hiddleston, and Elisabeth Moss as they appear in the film.
And while images of Hiddleston’s character that we’ve seen in the past (like the one above) made the guy look like his life is pretty together, this new shot shows him in a different place. And then there’s a shot of Irons which is a bit mysterious, even ominous. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ben Wheatley continues to pile on the bodies for Free Fire. Jack Reynor (Transformers: Age of Extinction), Sam Riley (Maleficent), and Noah Taylor (Submarine) are the latest to board the cast, joining Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer, and more. Get details on the latest Free Fire cast additions after the jump. Read More »
The original cast announcement for Ben Wheatley‘s next film Free Fire included Olivia Wilde, but with the announcement that she’s doing Tron 3 things have changed for Wheatley’s movie. Wilde is now out, but someone just as talented, and slightly more surprising for a film like this is stepping in to the role. Brie Larson has taken Wilde’s role in the Free Fire cast. Read More »
Everything we’ve heard about High-Rise, the new film from Ben Wheatley, which adapts the novel by J.G. Ballard, has me dying to see this one. Tom Hiddleston and Luke Evans (above, as seen in the film) lead the cast in a story about class warfare in a high-rise apartment block. From what we’ve heard from people who saw sales footage in Berlin, this one might be totally insane. Now the film has a very promising musical component, as Clint Mansell has been announced as the creator of the High-Rise score. Read More »
We’ve just seen the first image from High-Rise, the upcoming film from Kill List, Doctor Who and Sightseers director Ben Wheatley. But his follow-up, Free Fire, already has a great cast. And now Martin Scorsese has lent his name to Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, as executive producer. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 6th, 2015 by Angie Han
Ben Wheatley‘s follow-up to A Field in England brings him forward three centuries, to another English civil war of sorts. Based on the novel by J.G. Ballard, High-Rise chronicles the violence that explodes between tenants of a luxury building.
Tom Hiddleston leads the cast as Robert Laing, an ambitious young doctor and one of the high-rise’s newest residents. He, too, gets caught up in the madness, but the first image from High-Rise seems to capture a moment before all that. Get your first look at High-Rise after the jump. Read More »
Ben Wheatley (along with writer/editor Amy Jump) has developed a career as one of the UK’s best up and coming directors. But he’s about to make the transition to shooting a film in the US. His next film Free Fire will be an “action shootout movie” with Luke Evans in the lead role and a healthy influence from Sam Peckinpah and hard-boiled crime movies. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web:
Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
One of the U.K.’s most interesting filmmakers is coming to our shores. Ben Wheatley is getting a cast together for Free Fire, a ’70s-inspired action shootout that will be his first-ever film set in the U.S.
So far, he’s off to a great start. Olivia Wilde, Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Armie Hammer are all on board, along with Wheatley regular Michael Smiley. Hit the jump for Ben Wheatley Free Fire plot details and more.
Read More »
After a few teasing images and a couple teasing video bits, here’s the first full-length trailer for the new season of Doctor Who, featuring Peter Capaldi as the twelfth regeneration of the Doctor. The first two episodes of the new season are directed by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers, Kill List), but most of what you’ll get from this trailer is a sense of unease on the part of the Doctor as he questions his own nature. Capaldi looks more clenched and intense than the last couple Doctors have been. Will he truly be a more introspective Doctor?
Oh, and there are Daleks, and also a T. rex trotting around in front of Parliament. So that’s interesting. Check out the trailer below. Read More »