Amazon wants to start producing 15 movies a year with “top filmmakers.” They’ve already collaborated with some notable directors, having joined forces with David O. Russell and Nicolas Winding Refn for some shows, in addition to distributing Kenneth Lonergan‘s Manchester by the Sea. Now, they’re producing the latest films from Todd Haynes (
Carol) and Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin), and for a good reason, the company wants their work shown in a theater like the rest of us.
Below, learn why Amazon theatrical releases matter to the distributor.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.
So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.
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We’ve reached the point where Joaquin Phoenix deciding to star in a movie is nothing short of an event. He’s picky these days, but that pickiness tends to work out for just about everyone – he works with some of the best and most interesting filmmakers alive and he consistently turns in phenomenal performances. Everybody wins, especially movie fans.
So that brings us to You Were Never Really Here, a thriller that will team Phoenix with director Lynne Ramsay. This news doesn’t bring me to Joaquin Phoenix/Paul Thomas Anderson levels of interest quite yet, but it’s certainly close.
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Posted on Monday, April 8th, 2013 by Angie Han
The all-star lineup for Jane Got a Gun is changing again, hopefully for the last time. Bradley Cooper has just joined the Gavin O’Connor-directed Western in the villain role vacated last month by Jude Law — who was himself a replacement for Joel Edgerton, who switched characters when Michael Fassbender departed.
The troubled Western has seen some serious shakeups over the past few weeks, most famously when original director Lynne Ramsay quit by simply not showing up on the first day of production. O’Connor was quickly brought in to take her place. The one major player who’s remained steadily in place throughout is Natalie Portman, who plays the title character and also serves as a producer. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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The Jane Got a Gun story keeps getting more complicated.
The outline of the story, as we know it, is that the indie western produced by and starring Natalie Portman was set to begin shooting this past Monday, but that Ramsay didn’t turn up to direct on the day. Producer/financier Scott Steindorff spoke out via Deadline, saying he was “shocked” at the director’s behavior. He quickly hired Gavin O’Connor (of Warrior, which also starred Jane Got a Gun cast member Joel Edgerton) as a replacement director. Now Steindorff is looking for an actor to replace Jude Law, who had recently been hired for the film, but dropped out following Ramsay’s departure.
But the bigger story about the film is still in between the lines. Suggestions are emerging that Ramsay had actually quit the weekend prior to production start; if that is the case, then the big statements and assumptions made this week have to be re-evaluated. In the meantime, however, there is a new casting effort to report. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
Jane Got a Gun just can’t catch a break. Yesterday, the indie Western suddenly found itself without a director when Lynne Ramsay failed to show up for the first day of shooting. The project quickly bounced back this morning by hiring Gavin O’Connor to take her place, but now it’s being derailed again as it’s lost one of its stars. Jude Law has abruptly departed the project, just one week after he initially boarded. Hit the jump to read more.
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On Monday, Lynne Ramsay was set to begin shooting the western Jane Got a Gun, with Natalie Portman (who is also producing) as a woman who, with a former lover, defends her homestead and spouse against bandits that wounded her husband. Joel Edgerton and Jude Law are also in the cast, with Law replacing Michael Fassbender.
But when day broke on Monday and the cast and crew were in place, Ramsay was nowhere to be found. For reasons unknown to the public, Ramsay didn’t show up, and was effectively fired (or quit) as a result.
Producer/financier Scott Steindorff said yesterday that he and the cast and crew were committed to the film and that a new director would be hired. Now, Warrior director Gavin O’Connor is in talks to make the film, and will reportedly begin directing on Thursday.
Update: Jude Law has now exited the production. Details here.
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Lynne Ramsay‘s third film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, is nearly a masterpiece of parental paranoia and despair. Based on that, and her previous work, and a great cast, we had big hopes for her new movie, Jane Got a Gun. The indie western stars Natalie Portman as a woman who takes up arms to defend her homestead against the bandits she assumes are en route to finish off her and her wounded husband.
Last week we heard that Michael Fassbender, who had been set to play one of the lead roles, had dropped out, with Joel Edgerton moving over into his role, and Jude Law set to step in to the role vacated by Edgerton. That just seemed like one of those scheduling hiccups that happens, especially on indies. Turns out there might be much bigger problems with the movie.
Jane Got a Gun was set to start shooting yesterday, but when everyone assembled on set, there was one person missing. Lynne Ramsay didn’t show up to direct, and is now off the film. What happened? Right now we only have one point of view on the story. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
With just weeks to go until shooting, Lynne Ramsay‘s Jane Got a Gun has just been hit with some very good news and some very bad news.
Michael Fassbender has just dropped out of the hero role in the Western, leaving Joel Edgerton to take over the spot. But as Edgerton was originally slated to play the villain, that opens up an opportunity for Jude Law to step into his old role. Star Natalie Portman, meanwhile, remains firmly attached to the lead role through this round of casting musical chairs. Hit the jump to keep reading.
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I’m still haunted by Lynne Ramsay‘s last film, We Need to Talk About Kevin, which I believe is one of the best horror films of the last few years. And so “We Need to Talk About Moby Dick in Space” is a great title for the announcement that Ramsay now has financial backing for Mobius, the film in which she’ll launch a version of Herman Melville‘s novel Moby Dick into space. But BAD already took that one, so we’ll go with something more basic.
Regardless, Ramsay and Kevin co-writer Rory Kinnear may now get to make their “psychological action thriller set in deep space.” With many other directors on board, that might sound like a pretty routine effort, but from Ramsay Mobius could become one of the films I’m most excited to see in the next few years. Read More »