New ‘Only God Forgives’ Theatrical Trailer

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Here’s a new theatrical trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s second collaboration with Ryan Gosling, Only God Forgives. The movie premiered at Cannes last month to decidedly mixed reactions. There were some of the famous Cannes boos (hey, some really great movies get booed at Cannes) and also some big fans of the movie’s extra-sylized action and nearly mute protagonist. (That would be Gosling.)

You’ll get a chance to form your own opinion soon, as the film has a simultaneous theatrical and VOD release set one month from now. Until then, check out a new trailer below.  Read More »

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There was a point where Nicolas Winding Refn was considering making a film called The Dying of the Light, about a CIA agent whose vision starts to fail while on a mission. Refn moved on to other projects, and won’t direct the movie, but he might still make it.

The project’s screenwriter is Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), whose micro-budget movie The Canyons has been generating a lot of talk for the past year. Now Schrader plans to direct The Dying of the Light later this year. He says Refn may still end up producing, and that they’ve got a major name nearly set to star. Read More »

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There are lots of small updates on upcoming and hypothetical sequels, which means it’s time for another edition of Sequel Bits. Read about the following after the jump:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says The Legend of Conan, Terminator 5 and Triplets are all still being written.
  • Kevin Smith has a production schedule in mind for Clerks III.
  • Eric Roberts joins the cast of Human Centipede 3 (Final Sequence).
  • As we wait on the new Bridget Jones movie, the character returns in book form.
  • Another director may be on the short list for Bond 24.
  • Daniel Radcliffe hypothesizes a Harry Potter sequel.
  • Nicolas Winding Refn says don’t expect a sequel to Drive.
  • Will Smith suggests he could appear in Independence Day 2, but it’s not looking good.

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Skyfall was a smash, and naturally EON Productions, MGM and Sony want to get a new James Bond film rolling with all due speed. All the companies involved want to get their money’s worth out of Daniel Craig while they’ve got him. The Bond machine doesn’t move quickly, however, and it’s no easy task to choose the path for the new installment of a franchise that is 50 years old and almost two dozen films along.

Since Sam Mendes won’t return to make the 24th Bond film (title TBD) who might do the job? EON is talking to a variety of people now, and some of the names are being reported. Ang Lee, Tom Hooper, David Yates, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Shane Black are all “in the mix” as possible directors. That doesn’t mean that any of them will be the person who next brings Bond to life, but it gives us something to think about.

Update: Everyone may have spoken too soon. Deadline reports that Sam Mendes is in talks to return to direct Bond 24. More below.

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This morning brings gifts: along with the Cannes lineup we’ve got new trailers for some of the scheduled films, and among them are two new looks at Nicolas Winding Refn‘s Only God Forgives. Ryan Gosling stars in the Thai-set western as a minor gangster who is commanded by his domineering mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) to bring his brother’s killer to justice.

The first trailer here is quite a lot like the debut footage we saw not long ago, but it is more explicit, and features more dialogue that explains the story and does more to suggest that Kristen Scott Thomas is scary as hell. Some of the dialogue in the first trailer isn’t subtitled, but I think you’ll get the idea.

Both are slightly not safe for work thanks to language and violence. Read More »

‘Only God Forgives’ Poster: Time to Meet the Devil

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The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film, Only God Forgives, promised a neon-lit blast of strange, serious action. Ryan Gosling plays a small-time gangster in Bangkok who seeks to avenge the killing of his brother as his domineering crime-boss mother (Kristen Scott Thomas) pushes him into action.

Now we’ve got a teaser poster that follows through on the trailer’s promise. It is decorated with a stylized neon logo and dragon face. Inside the beast’s mouth a tagline is almost hidden: “time to meet the devil.” We know that Refn’s character runs up against a corrupt former cop, and that the cop styles himself as a local god. Does that make Gosling’s character the devil, or is the former cop both god and devil?

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We’ve only just seen the first trailer from Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film Only God Forgives, in which Ryan Gosling plays a man looking to avenge his brother’s murder in Bangkok. (There appears to be a bit more to the story than that, but we’ll keep it simple for now.)

Turns out there has been a nice little video piece about the making of the film floating around for a few months. In a segment from the documentary N.W.R., we find the writer/director in Bangkok preparing to make Only God Forgives. He explains a bit more of the story — more even than the trailer really gives away — and also describes some of the difficulties of making the movie in Thailand.

But the most interesting bit is perhaps the segment towards the end, where Refn is in his hotel room putting together the script. That doesn’t sound like a great thing to look at, but his explanation of his writing process, combined with the view into his working space, is somewhat unique.

(Note: This headline has been altered from the original “Nicolas Winding Refn Races to Finish ‘Only God Forgives’ Script in Behind the Scenes Footage” in order to avoid any suggestion that Refn is working to finish the script now.)

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Only God Forgives (B&W) Battered

Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson, Drive) has employed images of serious violence in the past; his first team-up with Ryan Gosling featured both intimidating threats and gory action. Now we’ve got the first footage from their second film pairing, Only God Forgives, a violent revenge-thriller “western” set in Bangkok.

Gosling plays a boxer and drug smuggler pressed into vengeful action when his brother is killed. This trailer isn’t terribly gory, but it is laden with the heavy air of things just about to go really, really wrong. The color in the images, combined with the music and a sense of floating, suggest that this is a story that descends into the same psychological space as Bronson. This time, however, Refn has more resources at his disposal.

And yet, more than anything else, it’s the opening dialogue from Kristen Scott Thomas, playing the mother of Gosling’s character, that gives me chills. Compared  to that, Gosling’s invitation at the end of the trailer seems almost polite.

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