Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 by Angie Han
The last time we checked in on casting for Danny Boyle‘s Trance, there was some confusion as to would-be star Michael Fassbender‘s involvement with the project. Now it seems Fassbender is definitely out, thanks to “scheduling issues” — but happily, Boyle’s top choice to replace him seems just as good. The director is reportedly looking to cast Colin Firth in the role recently vacated by Fassbender. Meanwhile, Scarlett Johansson is leading the shortlist of actresses for the heist thriller’s female lead. Read more details after the jump.
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We were surprised when Danny Boyle announced his intent to direct a thriller called Trance this fall, even though Danny Boyle’s reposnsibilities with the upcoming Olympics in London mean the film won’t actually be finished until fall of 2012 and released in 2013.
Then we were very happy when Michael Fassbender was announced as the likely choice for one of the lead roles. Hopefully this won’t be too much of a blow to your interest in the film, but Mr. Fassbender has now backed out. Instead his role will likely be played by his X-Men: First Class cohort James McAvoy. Read More »
This week we got the unexpected news that Danny Boyle will direct a film before he goes to work on the 2012 London Olympics. He won’t actually finish the movie until after the Olympics are done, but he’ll at least have the footage in the can (or on the hard drive, as it were) and ready to cut when the games are done. Now we know that Michael Fassbender is in talks to play the lead role in the movie, a heist thriller called Trance. Read More »
Surprise! We’d thought that we wouldn’t see a new film from Danny Boyle for some time (and we won’t, but that is complicated and explained below) because he’s been directing his stage version of Frankenstein and has a couple of little things to plan for the 2012 London Olympics. But now he has announced plans to make a small thriller called Trance, which will shoot in September before he really has to dive full-time into the Olympic work. We just won’t see it until 2013. Read More »
Posted on Friday, March 18th, 2011 by Angie Han
Video montages have become fairly common recently. It seems not a week goes by without another new compilation making the rounds, whether it’s a montage of death scenes from Lost, cut/slide moments from movies, or instances of characters telling each other “Get outta there!” A great many of them are pointless and uninspired, but the best ones have a strong sense of rhythm and logic.
We recently came across two montages we really enjoyed, highlighting two filmmakers we really like. DJC Productions has put together a video called “Nolanography,” which is what it sounds like. And from /Film reader Kees van Dijkhuizen — whom we’ve featured in this space before — we have “[the films of] Danny Boyle,” which is also what it sounds like. Watch ‘em both after the jump.
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Danny Boyle‘s stage version of Frankenstein has been doing great business in London, and will soon have performances broadcast to cinema screens on March 17 and March 24. The play stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller, who switch between the roles of Doctor Frankenstein and the Monster each night. Here’s a trailer for the production which is a bit editing heavy, as it overlays each man’s performance over the other. But you can still see glimmers of what each actor offers in both roles. In addition, we’ve got a list of US theaters that will show the March 17 broadcast, after the break. Read More »
Director Danny Boyle won’t be making a new film for the next year, because he’s got a National Theatre stage version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein to direct in the UK, and then he’s got to work on pageantry for the London Olympics. The first ten weeks of Frankenstein are already sold out, but due to that success the production has been given a longer life, and tickets for performances into May will be on sale soon.
For everyone else, however, there is still a way to see Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein, as an performance of the play will be broadcast to 375 screens around the world — 85 in the US — on March 17. Read More »
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Thus far, the pairing of Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy has proven to be unstoppable. The writing/directing team already scored Academy Awards for their work on Slumdog Millionaire — for Best Picture, Best Directing and Best Adapted Screenplay, among others — and they’re currently in the running for a whole new batch of Oscars (Best Picture included) for 127 Hours. Now Beaufoy says he’s at work on his next screenplay — an adaptation of Toby Barlow’s darkly comedic horror poetry novel Sharp Teeth — and if he has his way, Boyle will be directing it. Learn more after the break. Read More »