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 »

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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.

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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 »

Dying of the Light protest

Yesterday we saw the trailer for Dying of the Light, the new film directed by Paul Schrader from his own script, with Nicolas Cage and Anton Yelchin starring as intelligence agents. But there’s some troubled backstory to the movie, and it isn’t really Schrader’s film now. He was locked out of the edit as the producers took over final cut and added their own score. Nicolas Winding Refn, who is on the film as exec producer, called the process “artistic disrespect.” Now the creators have lodged a creative Dying of the Light protest.

Schrader can’t talk about it because of the non-disparagement clause in his contract. So he, Refn, and his stars have posed wearing shirts bearing the text of that contract. Those images accompany a statement from the director, released today.  Read More »

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Dying of the Light trailer

In Dying of the Light Nicolas Cage plays an intelligence agent who wants to do something worth remembering. Based on the Dying of the Light trailer, Nic Cage may not achieve the same thing in this movie.

We’ve followed the film’s strange history for a while: scripted by Paul Schrader, Dying of the Light was originally going to be directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, with Harrison Ford in the lead. But Ford and Refn had creative differences and that version fell apart. Eventually Schrader directed the film with Cage starring and Refn acting as exec producer. But there has been conflict between Schrader and the film’s primary producers, resulting in a final edit that does not involve the director. Check out the trailer below to see a representation of what will hit theaters in December. Read More »

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 »

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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