Maniac Cop remake director

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Maniac Cop remake is taking its sweet time coming together, but rest assured it hasn’t fallen by the wayside completely. Last year we learned Ed Brubaker had written the script, and today comes news that John Hyams will direct. More about the Maniac Cop remake director after the jump.  Read More »


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the act of seeing

The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters.

Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is a wildly knowledgable cinephile. He has an incredible collection of exploitation movie posters that is now being published as the book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing. Guided by Refn and written by Alan Jones, the founder of Film 4 Fright Fest, The Act of Seeing gives museum treatment to posters that were thought of as anything but art when they adorned the windows of grindhouse theaters decades ago.

I spoke to Refn about his collection and the appeal of the films these posters represent, even when the posters are less than honest about the movies they’re selling. Our conversation ranged into the raw basement design of bootlegged images for stolen films, and the appeal of the 1961 Dennis Hopper film Night Tide. Read More »

The Avenging Silence

Drive and Only God Forgives director Nicolas Winding Refn has just shot his next film, The Neon Demon, in Los Angeles. That one will be going into post-production, with a bunch of VFX to complete along with all the other aspects of post-production.

While Refn is still in LA, he dedicated an evening to the LP release of the soundtrack to Bronson. Before that event kicked off, Refn gave a little interview in which he teased possible details of a Tokyo-set spy film called The Avenging Silence. Read More »

Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive set

As Nicolas Winding Refn‘s The Neon Demon, described as “a horror film about vicious beauty,” nears the end of shooting in Los Angeles, the first images have been released. Elle Fanning leads the cast as Jesse, an aspiring model who moves to LA and finds herself surrounded by beauty-obsessed women who’d kill for what she has.

Abbey LeeChristina Hendricks, Jena MaloneBella HeathcoteDesmond HarringtonKarl Glusman, and Keanu Reeves also star, but the Neon Demon first look images are all about our star. Take a peek after the jump. Read More »

Keanu Reeves in John Wick

Nicolas Winding Refn has found some more beautiful people for his horror film about beautiful people. Keanu Reeves has boarded The Neon Demon, along with Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, and Bella Heathcote.

As previously reported, Elle Fanning leads the cast as “an aspiring model who is caught in a world of beauty and demise,” while Abbey Lee plays a dangerously unstable popular girl. More on the Neon Demon Keanu Reeves casting after the jump.  Read More »

Nicolas Winding Refn on Drive set

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s female-led horror film The Neon Demon has found a new star in Abbey Lee, who’ll join previously cast lead Elle Fanning. That’s the pretty good news. The really great news is that with her comes a host of new details about the mysterious project. To sum up, this film sounds bonkers in a good way.

Get the latest Neon Demon plot details after the jump. Read More »

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Elle Fanning in Maleficent

Nicolas Winding Refn‘s female-led horror film got a new title in November, and as of today it also has a new star. Elle Fanning has just signed on for lead The Neon Demon, which is on track to shoot this spring. More about the Neon Demon Elle Fanning casting news after the jump. Read More »

Refn female horror film

Nicolas Winding Refn has officially announced the female-led horror movie he’s been developing for over a year, and the film has a new title. What was once referred to as I Walk With the Dead is now The Neon Demon. The film will be at the American Film Market, which begins shortly in Los Angeles, and should shoot early in 2015.  Read More »

new Drive soundtrack

Part of the reason Nicolas Winding Refn‘s film Drive took on an unusual life was the film’s skillful use of music. Beyond the original electronic compositions from Cliff Martinez (The Knick, Only God Forgives), the heartbeat of the very quiet film was provided by pop and electronic songs from Kavinsky and Chromatics. Music was a more important aspect of Drive than is the case in many other films, and the movie probably wouldn’t have enjoyed the same cultural impact without those sounds.

So naturally, there’s a plan to re-score Drive with entirely different pop songs. This will be (for now) a one-time only broadcast in the UK. Get the info on the new Drive soundtrack below and see a trailer for the broadcast. Read More »