When Denzel Washington attaches himself to a script, it gets directors interested. That’s how Robert Zemeckis came aboard Flight, and now Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has joined Washington on The Equalizer, a loose adaptation of the ’80s TV show.
Washington will play a former covert operative who, in an attempt to atone for previous sins, offers up his skills in the classified section of a newspaper stating: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” Richard Wenk wrote the screenplay and production is set to start in the Spring of 2013, aimed at an April 11, 2014 release. Read more after the jump. Read More »
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The two films represented here couldn’t be more different in many ways, but they share a couple of significant characteristics.
While Elysium is a gritty science fiction thriller and Only God Forgives is a sort of Western revenge film set in Thailand, both movies are the new projects from directors whose last films turned them into huge names. Elysium is the second feature from District 9 director Neill Blomkamp, and the footage shown off last summer at Comic Con blew us away. Only God Forgives is the new film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and will be the follow-up to Drive, which finally turned the guy into someone whose name every film lover knows.
Both films are also among our most anticipated films for 2013, so even a slight glimpse at each is great. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
After years in development, the Logan’s Run remake finally seemed to be in a good place last summer when Drive duo Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling signed on. The project was slated to go sometime after the pair finished up their second collaboration, Only God Forgives, but now it’s hit a major roadblock. News broke this morning that Gosling had dropped out of the picture, leaving it without a star. More after the jump.
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Director Laurent Duroche has created NWR, a documentary about director Nicolas Winding Refn. A teaser trailer for NWR has been out for a bit, and now a seven-minute segment featuring actor Mads Mikkelsen discussing about his relationship with Refn, and the four films they’ve done together: Pusher, Bleeder, Pusher II, and Valhalla Rising.
As a retrospective look at the films Mikkelsen and Refn made together, there naturally might be some info here that is considered spoilerish for each movie. I don’t think there’s anything that really gives away the details of any film, however. (I believe this clip also dances away from any of the specifically NSFW clips that might have been used to represent the films.)
Watch the interview below. Read More »
My mind just warped a little bit. While Robert Rodriguez talked for some time about remaking Barbarella, the kooky kitch sci-fi romp starring Jane Fonda and the Orgasmatron, his movie never got off the ground. Then Robert Luketic was appointed director, and that version eventually died as well.
But Barbarella is going to be revamped, and for television no less. And Drive and Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn is going to do it. Read More »
Blending parts of 13 Tzameti, Hostel and The Professional, Button Man: The Killing Game has possibly found a director. Nicolas Winding Refn is in talks to helm the DreamWorks owned film adaptation of the graphic novel by John Wagner and Arthur Ransom about an assassin who’s recruited to take part in a fight to the death game of trained killers, overseen and bet on by millionaires. He then decides against participating and must fight he way out. Refn hasn’t officially signed but is in talks. Read more after the jump. Read More »
Drive team Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling reconvened earlier this year to shoot the Thai-flavored western Only God Forgives in Bangkok. We’ve seen one photo of Gosling that comes from the film, but there wasn’t much to that image.
Now a set of moody black and white photos has shown up online, and they do a nice job of complimenting the report of footage shown off late last week at Cannes. Check ‘em out below. Read More »
The films of William Lustig are crude exploitation, but they’re strange and entertaining enough to find new groups of fans every few years. Maniac, for example is a chilly ride, and a film that is currently being remade with Elijah Wood as the unlikely but compelling choice for the title character. Vigilante is a Death Wish- and poliziotteschi-influenced urban crime movie with a cartoonish tone balanced by Robert Forster.
Then there are the Maniac Cop films: a bizarro trilogy of increasingly silly tales centered on killings perpetrated by a vengeful/evil/supernatural police officer.
The original film starred genre stalwarts Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, and the massive-jawed Robert Z’Dar as the title character. Writer Larry Cohen (also a schlock master, thanks to films like Q, God Told Me To, and It’s Alive!) and Lustig have been working to produce a new Maniac Cop film.
And now they’ve got company. Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive, Pusher, Bronson) is on board to produce the movie that will be a prequel of sorts to Lustig’s original 1988 picture. Read More »
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