Ed Brubaker Maniac Cop Remake

I keep forgetting that Nicolas Winding Refn is producing a remake of Maniac Cop. He’s got the film’s original director, William Lustig, working with him as producer, and that’s a pretty good combination. This new Maniac Cop will likely be rather different from Lustig’s original exploitation effort, which starred the incomparable Robert Z’Dar as the title character, and featured Bruce Campbell and Tom Atkins. (What a cast!)

Now we know one other detail which should elevate your interest: Ed Brubaker, the comics writer who created the Winter Soldier storyline and whose Criminal series is one of the best comics runs of the last decade, has scripted the film. Read More »

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Only God Forgives VFX breakdown

Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t shy away from the excessively visual aspect of filmmaking, even when doing a low-budget effort like Only God Forgives. The hallucinogenic family crime thriller opened last year, but it’s a gift that keeps on giving to those who appreciate a touch of the weird. While we wait to hear what Refn will do next, check out this great Only God Forgives VFX breakdown to see how effects were used not only to create violent illusions, but to clean up difficult locations and make long dolly shots possible. Read More »

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The small screen regularly attracts many big screen filmmakers to film 30 and 60 second television commercials, but the Super Bowl is the premiere for many of these new spots. So beyond the commercials for big screen movies and television shows, which of the commercials shown during the big game were directed by movie directors? Find out after the jump.

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Barbarella

It’s been quite a while since we got an update on Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Barbarella TV series. You’d be forgiven if you assumed it was dead or even forgot it was ever supposed to happen at all.

But not only is it still on, it’s moving forward at a new home. Amazon Studios is developing a pilot for the series, and is now in the process of looking for a showrunner. Hit the jump for more details on the show.

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Only God Forgives

Celebrate the filmmaker who is able to rip stuff right out of their head and put it on screen. One of the most striking movies of 2013 is Only God Forgives, from Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn and Drive star Ryan Gosling.

Refn’s movie is a hallucinogenic trip through stunted sexual growth, with a manchild (Gosling) defined and constrained by the influence of his domineering mother, played by a fierce Kristin Scott Thomas. The film seems hell-bent on shattering Gosling’s image as a muscular leading man, and in diving deep into the corners of an unstable and not entirely welcoming mental space.

Only God Forgives is out on disc this week. Earlier this year I spoke to Refn and the film’s soundtrack composer, Cliff Martinez, and they explained the gestation of the voice of the film, and the idea of following artistic inspiration.  Read More »

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Nicolas Winding Refn is off Logan’s Run, but he does have the television revamp of Barbarella to work on. As far as features go, his next project may well be a Tokyo-set film that has been called The Avenging Silence, and which he has likened (in some manner — don’t take this too seriously, it turns out) to a prequel to Valhalla Rising. But details on that one are scarce.

In the meantime, there’s also the development of the ”all-female horror film” I Walk With the Dead, which Refn has been toying with for years, and which has been rumored to star Carey Mulligan. (Who also appeared in Refn’s breakout film Drive.)

Now young UK playwright Polly Stenham is going to be the voice of the film; while the director normally writes his own scripts, in this case he’s turning to an outside source to script. Why? Perhaps because, as he’s said in the past, he’s not great at writing female characters, and this film is meant to feature nothing but. Read More »

Valhalla Rising

George Miller‘s Mad Max: Fury Road will get some synthetic beats courtesy of Junkie XL. The Dutch composer and producer (real name Tom Holkenborg) will score the long-gestating sequel, as reported by Manly Movie after the artist teased the news on Twitter.

Holkenborg composed the scores for this summer’s Paranoia, and the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire. Additionally, he has worked on the soundtracks for Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Rises, and all three Madagascar movies. Mad Max: Fury Road lands in theaters next year. [via The Playlist]

After the jump, sample some tunes from soundtracks that have already been completed, including Daniel Pemberton‘s for The Counselor and Peter Peter and Peter Kyed‘s for Valhalla Rising.

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It’s only a couple weeks until the first US release of Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives. You might expect a contained and strange film as a follow-up to Drive, but this is even more quiet and weird than what most people have in mind. (Related: I like the film a lot.)

Only God Forgives stars Ryan Gosling as an American at large in Bangkok, where he and his brother run a boxing gym a a front for a drug operation. But that’s really a tangental story point — the real thrust of the movie is about what happens when Gosling’s character conflicts with his own mother (an icy, scary Kristin Scott Thomas) over the ideal approach to avenge violence done to their family.

After the break, get a taste of the early period that led to the creation of the film, as Refn explores Bangkok in search of locations and inspiration. Read More »

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