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 »
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 »
Posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Posted on Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Posted on Friday, June 13th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Posted on Friday, June 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
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.
Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Nicolas Winding Refn, director of films such as Drive and Valhalla Rising, is a big horror fan. In fact, to hear him tell it, a horror film is responsible for his desire to make movies in the first place. At Cannes this year, Refn introduced a screening of the 4k restoration of Tobe Hooper‘s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre as part of the the Directors’ Fortnight program.
Refn’s long intro to the movie is an enthusiastic expression of love for the film, and has plenty of humor. After Tobe Hooper is introduced he mentions “my dear friend Nicolas,” to which Refn quips “we just met.” But Refn’s estimation that The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a masterpiece is spot-on, however. There’s no other horror film like it. Watch the intro below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 15th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
Remember the story a year or so ago about a young woman who was found dead in a water tank on the roof of a hotel in downtown Los Angeles? That was the Cecil Hotel, which is the same place where serial killer Richard “the Night Stalker” Ramirez lived in the ’80s. It’s also the setting for a spec script called The Bringing, which Brandon and Phillip Murphy sold to Sony earlier this year. Now Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Drive and Bronson, is in talks to make the movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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 »
Posted on Saturday, April 26th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
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 »