Screenwriter Steven Knight‘s latest film, Allied, has shootouts, impeccable costumes, exotic locations, and two appealing movie stars, but there’s a fine conflict to go along with all the eye candy. Over 30 years ago, Knight was inspired to one day write about a Canadian intelligence officer (Brad Pitt) who learns his wife, a former French Resistance fighter (Marion Cotillard), might be a spy for the Germans.
Allied is based on a true story Knight was told in his 20s, but his version of the story plays out differently. Knight took the premise he heard, ran with it, and turned it into the movie we see today. His script ended up in the hands of director Robert Zemeckis, who crafted some top-notch sequences in the film we recently asked Knight about.
The screenwriter behind Eastern Promises, Dirty Pretty Things, Peaky Blinders, and next year’s Taboo took the time to discuss setting up challenges for himself, directing, rules, and some of Allied‘s standout scenes.
Below, read our Steven Knight interview.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
All relationships have secrets, but any problems you have with your significant other will surely pale in comparison to Brad Pitt‘s issues with Marion Cotillard in the new trailer for Allied. Robert Zemeckis‘ romantic thriller stars Pitt as Max, an intelligence officer who meets French resistance fighter Marianne (Cotillard) during World War II. They’re assigned to pose as a couple for a mission, but begin to fall in love for real. So far, so good; Allied sounds like a star-crossed romance set against the dramatic backdrop of war.
But when Max and Marianne return to London and start to build a home, a shocking revelation threatens to destroy the trust they’ve built. Max gets word that Marianne is under suspicion of working for the enemy, and finds himself tasked with killing the woman he’s come to love. Told you their problems were more serious than yours. Watch the Allied trailer below.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Unless you’ve spent the entire day sleeping under a rock at the bottom of the ocean, you’ve probably heard that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are over. And unless you’ve also spent the past decade-plus sleeping under that same rock, you probably recall that rumors about that relationship first began around the release of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Anyway, on a completely unrelated note, Paramount has dropped a new spot for their upcoming film Allied, a spy thriller starring Pitt that basically looks like Mr. & Mrs. Smith as a World War II drama. Watch the Allied trailer below. Read More »
The first trailer for Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey, a new documentary from filmmaker Terrence Malick, debuted back in June ahead of a special 45-minute IMAX release of the film coming this fall. Brad Pitt narrates that version, and it’s the only one confirmed for a US release so far. However, there’s a feature-length, 90-minute cut of the film that is narrated by Cate Blanchett, and a new trailer has just debuted teasing that version of the movie.
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Posted on Friday, August 12th, 2016 by Angie Han
Robert Zemeckis‘ last movie, The Walk, sank down and disappeared without a trace, but maybe his next one will have better luck staying afloat. It surely helps that Allied boasts the combined beauty and star power of Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard, who play spies in World War II. They’re assigned to work together as pretend husband and wife, but as invariably happens with these situations in the movies, they start to fall in love for real. Watch the first
Watch the first Allied teaser trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
I’ll file this one under “I’ll believe it when I see it,” but here goes nothing: it seems that Brad Pitt and Paramount are currently courting David Fincher to direct the sequel to 2013’s World War Z. Nothing has been confirmed and no dotted lines have been John Hancocked, but the Gone Girl director seems to be current choice to take over the project. There’s a lot of baggage to sort through here and a dozen different reasons while he would say no to this job, but let’s take a moment to imagine a zombie apocalypse film directed by a filmmaker as meticulous and remorseless as Fincher. That would be the exact kick in the rear this burgeoning franchise needs.
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We’re only three months away from seeing another Robert Zemeckis film. Allied has an Awards-friendly release date and stars Brad Pitt, Marion Cotillard, Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, and Jared Harris. Making the WWII drama all the more promising, it’s also written by Steven Knight (Locke), whose new show, Taboo, comes to FX next year.
Below, check out the full Allied first look.
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Posted on Thursday, June 30th, 2016 by Angie Han
It’s taken over 30 years, but Terrence Malick‘s Voyage of Time is finally heading to theaters. Several weeks ago we learned that IMAX had set the 40-minute edit of his documentary, narrated by Brad Pitt, for a fall release, and today the first trailer has arrived to show us what wonders wait in store for us. Check out the first Voyage of Time trailer below. Read More »
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