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torqueThe /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with director Joseph Kahn about what exactly he was trying to accomplish with Torque, and discuss the imagery of Kick-Ass. After the break, see the opening sequence from Joseph Kahn’s Torque. Also, here’s CHUD’s review of it.

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One of the seemingly eternal residents of Development Hell has been William Gibson‘s novel Neuromancer. While the novel has influenced more films than any of us could count, the various adaptations that producers have tried to mount over the years have all stalled out, most in the early stages. That might be for the best, given the fact that movies based on certain speculative authors (Gibson, Philip K. Dick) so often seem to miss the point.

For the last couple years, Torque director Joseph Kahn (this week’s /Filmcast guest) was working on a version that was said to star Hayden Christensen. That was announced in early 2008 and we haven’t heard much more than glimmers about it since. Now the deal is off (or, now we know the deal is off) and there’s a new director on board: Vincenzo Natali, whose film Splice is about to go into wide release via Warner Bros. Read More »

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A Nightmare on Elm StreetIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley respond to Ebert’s diatribe against 3D, and reflect, as usual, on the future of the Twilight series. Special guest Joseph Kahn, the director of Torque, joins us for this episode.

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Hayden Christensen to star in Neuromancer?

Fans of William Gibson repeat after me: Woosah. Is the famous cyberpunk author’s 1984 masterwork Neuromancer finally headed to the big screen with Darth Vader himself, Hayden Christensen, in the lead role? That’s what sources are telling Joblo. Christensen would star as Case, a talented hacker whose poisoned nervous system reduces him to hustling Japan’s dystopian streets before he gets the offer of his lifetime. Joseph Kahn, who helmed the Fast and the Furious biker knockoff Torque as well as Britney’s “Toxic” video, is attached to direct the $70 million independent production.

The general consensus seems to be, “It’s not perfect casting, but let’s wait until February’s Jumper to bring out the pitchforks. And yeah, the director’s past work is obnoxious, but the fat budget and the indie status hold promise.” I liked Christensen in Shattered Glass but that’s about it. While he has the “vacant-eyed replica” look down to a science, he’s not right for this film, especially if it keeps the novel’s love interest intact as reported.

And it’s spilt milk, but Gibson has admitted that Chris Cunningham, previously attached, was the only suitable director for this project. From Wikipedia: The novel examines the concepts of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, genetic engineering, multinational corporations overpowering the traditional nation-state, and cyberspace long before these ideas became fashionable in popular culture. This is difficult material that can be easily be mistreated like an MTV Blade Runner. Let’s hope Gibson doesn’t have the notoriously shoddy luck of Philip K. Dick when it comes to film adaptations.

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