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One of our most exciting young directors is about to team up with one of our most exciting young actors. Michael Fassbender has just signed to star in The Light Between Oceans, directed by Derek Cianfrance. The film, an adaptation of a novel by M.L. Stedman, is about a lighthouse keeper who decides to secretly raise a young infant found in a shipwreck.

While that’s extremely intriguing on it’s own, here’s an even juicier morsel. Reports are Fassbender will shoot this film next, followed by Prometheus 2, which he recently said is happening. But where does that leave Assassin’s Creed, the video game adaptation that already has an August 7, 2015 release date? Read More »

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Derek Cianfrance and Bradley Cooper on The Place Beyond the Pines set Though he only has three features to his name — one of which, Brother Tied, was little seen to begin with and isn’t even available on home video now — Derek Cianfrance has already established himself as a filmmaker worth paying attention to. Today, a new video does just that. Described as a “guided tour” of the process behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the PinesKees van Dijkhuizen‘s Insight: Derek Cianfrance combines the footage and Cianfrance’s DVD audio commentary from the two movies. Think of it as a commentary track for people who don’t have four hours to spend re-watching the films, if you like. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

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The guy who made Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines is now set to direct a film about clowns on a drunken rampage. Derek Cianfrance says he’s attached to make A Cotton Candy Autopsy, and he’s got his Place Beyond the Pines supporting actor Ben Mendelsohn to star.

The story is one that real old comics nerds might know, as it was the first issue in DC’s short lived “serious adult” comics anthology Beautiful Stories for Ugly Children that ran from ’89 to ’92. Dave Louapre wrote and Dan Sweetman drew the 30 issues of the series, of which A Cotton Candy Autopsy was the first. The story opens with a circus burning down, and follows a set of friends (or “friends”) from under the big top as they flee on a weird road trip.  Read More »

Derek Cianfrance to Direct Film About Creation of ESPN

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Briefly: Derek Cianfrance is best known for heavy indie dramas like Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines, but his commercial work shows that he’s got an interest in sports. Those various tendencies may well collide in a film that he’s just been attached to direct.

Focus Features pulled the rights to adapt the book ESPN: Those Guys Have All the Fun out of turnaround when Fox decided not to make the movie. Now Focus has set Cianfrance to direct the film that will tell the story of the formation of ESPN.

Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Social Network) will produce with Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell. No writer has been hired to script at this point. [The Wrap]

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Derek Cianfrance knows a thing or two about tricky family relationships, judging by his previous works. Brother Tied explored a troubled sibling rivalry, Blue Valentine examined the breakdown of a once-promising marriage, and The Place Beyond the Pines saw fathers unwittingly passing their sins down to their sons.

His next directorial effort continues in a similar vein, though this time the family’s biggest problem seems to come from outsiders rather than from each other. Cianfrance has signed on for DreamWorks’ The Light Between Oceans, an adaptation of the bestselling novel by M.L. Stedman. Get the plot details after the jump.

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Derek Cianfrance and Bradley Cooper on The Place Beyond the Pines set

Between his debut feature Brother Tied and his sophomore effort Blue Valentine, filmmaker Derek Cianfrance spent twelve years in what he describes as “the cinematic desert.” But he himself readily acknowledges that bounced back a better director, and the excellent Blue Valentine and the upcoming The Place Beyond the Pines seem to bear him out.

The new crime epic follows two families over two generations and fifteen years. Ryan Gosling plays a new father desperate to make some money, Bradley Cooper an eager rookie cop who tries to stop him, and Dane DeHaan and Emory Cohen their respective sons, who feel the consequences of their fathers’ actions. The film earned strong reviews at TIFF last year, and and is just now beginning its theatrical rollout.

At a recent press day in New York City, I got to sit down for a few minutes with the director. Despite his proclivity toward emotionally devastating movies, Cianfrance was quite friendly in person, even offering me a Pines-printed cupcake on my way out. But before that, we chatted about that first feature, fatherhood, the “irresponsibility” of violent films, the difference between movies and TV, and much more.

Be warned that there are some spoilers for the movie up ahead. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, just skip over the questions about The Place Beyond the Pines.

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The Place Beyond the Pines is not the movie you think it is. That’s a good thing. Derek Cianfrance has created an epic generational drama that uses police and crime movie tropes as background to tell a bigger story about the consequences of action.

Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes and Dane DeHaan star in roles that each challenge our perceptions of the character types, and Cianfrance’s script (co-written with Ben Coccio and Darius Marder) unfolds at a methodical pace. This allows the viewer to live in several very different worlds that possibly should never have connected. It’s a strong new effort from the filmmaker who became famous for his 2010 effort Blue Valentine. Read More »

With spring creeping up on us, a whole bunch of images have just been revealed for two very different high-profile releases. Bryan Singer‘s Jack the Giant Slayer is a CG-heavy fantasy epic based on the classic fairy tale, while Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines takes an atypical approach to the crime thriller genre.

In addition, we have a new still for Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, which isn’t due out until summer but should be revealing a bit of new footage during this weekend’s Super Bowl. Check out all the pictures after the jump.

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