We were pretty big fans of Nicolas Winding Refn’s film Drive around these parts, but is there room for another chapter in the story of Ryan Gosling’s driver? James Sallis, who wrote the novel upon which Drive was based, has written a sequel called Driven. And now he says a film is in development based on the new book. Read More »

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I don’t know that I’d put much money on this ever becoming a film, but if you were enough of a fan of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s film Drive that you have to find out what might happen to the main character at some point in the future, a novel scheduled for April release will deliver the info.

In all the talk of the film Drive, one name often left out is that of James Sallis, the man who wrote the novel upon which Hossein Amini‘s script was based. That script is what attracted Ryan Gosling, who was instrumental in bringing Refn on board, and it’s all history from there. Sallis has, it turns out, written a sequel to his original novel, and Driven, as it is called, will be published next year. Read on for some more info. Read More »

Sometimes, all it takes is two minutes of new footage from a great filmmaker to start the day off right. Here’s your first look at a clip from Drive, the Nicolas Winding Refn film that stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt man / getaway driver. The clip is from very early in the movie, and makes me think that Refn has really managed to bring the script perfectly to life. The footage is tense and exciting, and juiced with a slow-boil energy that we don’t see enough of lately. Read More »

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With every step closer to production, the film Drive becomes more interesting. First it became a Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Pusher) movie with Ryan Gosling starring. Then Breaking Bad‘s Bryan Cranston began negotiating to join the cast. And now it looks like Carey Mulligan will be the female lead when the film goes before cameras, starting next month. Read More »

Neil Marshall to Direct Hugh Jackman in Drive

His recent, loud homage to Mad Max and killer viruses, Doomsday, was mostly ignored and deflated quickly at the box office, but genre director Neil Marshall is still going strong. He’s now attached to his second project of the month, an L.A.-set action mystery vehicle for Hugh Jackman at Universal entitled Drive that looks to be his next film. An adaptation of author James Sallis‘s neo-noir of the same name, Jackman will star as a Hollywood stunt driver who enjoys a double-life as a getaway man for robberies. In the book, one of the heists backfires and Jackman’s character earns a bounty on his life.

“This is something I haven’t done before, and I’ve wanted to bring a British sensibility to an L.A. shoot and a scorched classic film noir concept,” Marshall told Variety. “Hoss is a fantastic writer, and he’s written three amazing car chases in the film. He’s turned them into dramatic scenes as opposed to the usual crash, bang, wallop. I would like to be shooting it this summer.”

Last week it was announced that Marshall will also direct Sacrilege, a Western horror flick that he ambitiously described as “Unforgiven by way of H.P. Lovecraft,” with a dash of The Thing. Drive was adapted by Hossein Amini, who wrote The Golden Compass sequel The Subtle Knife as well as the long-delayed Elmore Leonard crime adaptation Killshot (um, IMDB says it’s due April ’08).

I’m curious what Marshall means by bringing a “British sensibility” to L.A. for Drive. His currently has one of the more active mid-level fanboy-centric careers in the industry right now, and it will be interesting to see if he continues to build on the promise seen with The Descent or if he goes the way of a Simon West.

Discuss: Drive or Sacrilege, which sounds cooler? If you skipped it, why did you miss Doomsday? What didn’t grab you about it? If you saw it, worth the ticket?

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