refn is off the bringing

We were excited for a minute at the idea of Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn making a horror movie with a base in reality. And it seemed like that could happen, as Refn had entered talks with Sony to make a film called The Bringing.

The script that put the project in motion, written by Brandon and Phillip Murphy, has an odd and possibly exploitative idea at its core. See, the story is based on the real life and death of Elisa Lam, a Canadian woman who traveled to LA, and ended up dead in a water tank on the roof of a downtown hotel. But now the deal has reportedly broken down, and Refn is moving away from the project.  Read More »

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Nicolas Winding Refn I Walk With the Dead

Nicolas Winding Refn seems to have a number of interesting projects brewing at any given time, but he’s finally decided which one he wants to make his next directorial effort. And for once, it won’t involve Ryan Gosling. Probably.

The Danish filmmaker is next set to helm I Walk With the Dead, an “all-female horror film” that at one point had Carey Mulligan attached to star. Hit the jump for all the details.

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Nicolas Winding Refn is off Logan’s Run, but he does have the television revamp of Barbarella to work on. As far as features go, his next project may well be a Tokyo-set film that has been called The Avenging Silence, and which he has likened (in some manner — don’t take this too seriously, it turns out) to a prequel to Valhalla Rising. But details on that one are scarce.

In the meantime, there’s also the development of the ”all-female horror film” I Walk With the Dead, which Refn has been toying with for years, and which has been rumored to star Carey Mulligan. (Who also appeared in Refn’s breakout film Drive.)

Now young UK playwright Polly Stenham is going to be the voice of the film; while the director normally writes his own scripts, in this case he’s turning to an outside source to script. Why? Perhaps because, as he’s said in the past, he’s not great at writing female characters, and this film is meant to feature nothing but. Read More »

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I know it seems like we’ve had a lot of posts lately about Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn, but that’s what happens when a guy who has been making interesting movies for several years starts to nose around studio films. He got attached to a lot of projects in short order, and now some of those naturally have to fall away.

Refn is next making Drive, with Ryan Gosling, and that necessitates skipping out on a couple other films. He’ll no longer direct Keanu Reeves in Jekyll, nor will he be able to make The Dying of the Light, the Paul Schrader script that is to star Harrison Ford. Both of those films had sounded interesting, particularly the Schrader script, and it’s sad to see Refn have to drop them. Empire reports that timing was the issue for Jekyll and that “things fell apart” for The Dying of the Light.

Currently, the plan seems to be for Refn to make Drive and then move on to his wild-sounding Western Only God Forgives, then a film set in Miami called I Walk with the Dead. Hopefully Only God Forgives, at least, will come to pass.

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