a cure for wellness trailer

With the original Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, director Gore Verbinski proved himself so adept at orchestrating globally popular blockbusters that it often looked like the world of big budget franchise filmmaking had swallowed him whole. While I’ve mostly enjoyed his excursions into the world of big budgets and movie stars (I even have a soft spot for The Lone Ranger!), I could never shake the gut feeling that 2002’s The Ring was his best movie and that his instincts as a filmmaker made him a perfect match for horror in general.

Lo and behold, here’s the trailer for A Cure For Wellness, which finds Verbinski returning to the genre that helped solidify his career. And it certainly has my attention.

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a cure for wellness promos

Director Gore Verbinski is coming off the biggest bomb of his career. Verbinski last directed The Lone Ranger, a movie which might’ve lost Disney $150 million. The western was greeted with a mostly negative response from audiences and critics, although it has some fans, especially when it comes to the film’s intricate, often dazzling third act set piece. For his follow-up to the Disney flop, The Ring director returns with A Cure for Wellness. Verbinski’s upcoming film stars Dane DeHaan (Life), Jason Isaacs (Green Zone), and Mia Goth (Nymphomaniac).

Below, check out some A Cure for Wellness promos.

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cedric nicolas

With The Huntsman: Winter’s War, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan makes his feature directorial debut with the fantasy sequel. Nicolas-Troyan worked on Snow White and The Huntsman, as a visual effects supervisor and second-unit director. After the experience of collaborating with director Rupert Sanders, the 47-year-old visual effects artist decided to finally direct a movie of his own.

The sequel stars Chris HemsworthJessica ChastainEmily Blunt, and Charlize Theron. This time around, the story centers around Hemsworth’s Eric the Huntsman, who must retrieve the lost mirror for Snow White, in order to prevent — you guessed it — winter’s war.

Below, read our Cedric Nicolas-Troyan interview, in which he discusses his debut feature, a surprise narrator in the film, a key VFX shot, and, of course, Gore Verbinski‘s 2005 drama, The Weather Man.

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‘The Ring 3’ Delayed Until 2016

The Ring 3

Pumped for The Ring 3? Sorry to break the news, but the sequel/reboot/prequel has been pushed to 2016. The film, titled Rings, is currently without a release date. F. Javier Gutiérrez‘s film has been flying far under the radar for a while now, so nobody should be shocked by this news. Learn why the film was removed from Paramount’s fall schedule after the jump.

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Dane DeHaan a cure for wellness

The name Gore Verbinski has complicated connotations. For a while, it inspired excitement in film fans. Now, that excitement cooled considerably, thanks in part to the director’s multiple years making bad, big-budget Disney movies. He’s trying to reclaim his name, though, and just took a significant step towards doing so.

Verbinski has committed to making a supernatural horror film called A Cure For Wellness, which follows a man who travels into the Swiss Alps to find his boss, only to be trapped in a mental institution. Dane DeHaan will play that main character and actress Mia Goth is in talks as well. The film will be written by Justin Haythe, who did The Lone Ranger with Verbinski but also wrote Sam Mendes’ underrated Revolutionary Road. Read more about A Cure for Wellness below. Read More »

Gore Verbinski

Gore Verbinski may be best known for big, bombastic blockbusters, but every once in a while he surprises us with something smaller. Rango is a great example. His hit remake The Ring is another. And though the director hasn’t stepped behind the camera since the disaster of The Lone Ranger, the idea for his next movie comprises a bit of both impulses. It’s an original idea with blockbuster potential.

Verbinski is now attached to an untitled film that’s being called “the Driverless Car Race pic.” Written by Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty), it’s a cross-country race movie about cars that drive themselves, with a focus on how the passengers inside deal with that technology and loss of control. Sony Pictures will finance and distribute. Read more about the plot below. Read More »

Pyongyang movie canceled

One ripple from the decisions being made about Sony’s film The Interview is already being felt at another company. New Regency had been setting up a darkly comic film called Pyongyang to shoot in early 2015. The film, to be directed by Gore Verbinski with Steve Carell starring, was written to take place in the North Korean capital city after which the movie is named. Now, however, the picture has been scrapped. Read More »

Steve Carell paranoid thriller

Gore Verbinski is a good director who might just need the proper project to spark him back to life after The Lone Ranger. Steve Carell is an actor transitioning from one career phase to another, thanks to Foxcatcher (above). The idea of the two of them working together on a thriller is pretty intriguing, and that’s just what’s happening on an as-yet untitled new film that New Regency is putting together right now.

What details we have on that are below, but there’s more: Verbinski and New Regency are actually putting together a package of three films the director might do in fairly quick succession.

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New Regency, which co-produced Noah, recently signed a multi-year deal with Darren Aronofsky and his Protozoa Pictures. Now the company that just backed 12 Years a Slave and has Gone Girl and Birdman coming up has signed another three-year deal with a director and his production company. Gore Verbinski and his company Blind Wink are now aligned with New Regency, and Verbinski will produce and direct films for the company.

What’s first? Perhaps Pyongyang, a journey into North Korea based on the graphic novel by Guy Delisle. Read More »

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The Lone Ranger

There’s no question at this point that The Lone Ranger was a big fat flop, but why it failed so badly remains up for debate. Were audiences turned off by the cultural insensitivity? Does Johnny Depp need to put down the white makeup? Was the movie just not very good?

According to director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and stars Depp and Armie Hammer, the answer is none of the above. Instead, the team pegs the film’s poor box office performance on film critics, whom they believe were “gunning for” the movie due to its production troubles. Cue every single movie reviewer I know: If only we had that kind of power. Hit the jump to watch them complain.

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