That didn’t last long. Right at the end of last year word hit that Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Bronson) had taken up interest in directing Denzel Washington in The Equalizer. The film is meant to reinvent the ’80s TV show that starred Edward Woodward as a former black ops agent who begins to work pro bono for people in need. He creates a classified ad: “Got a problem? Odds against you? Call the Equalizer.” The script is by Richard Wenk and an April 11, 2014 release date is already penciled in.

If the idea of Refn making this sort of big, broad action thriller seemed a bit strange, you could look at it this way: a Denzel movie is pretty much guaranteed to sell, and we’ve known that Refn had ambitions to make studio pictures, if only on his own terms. If he and the actor (who would certainly have a lot of input on the film) could see eye to eye, then it might be a scenario that worked out for everyone.

But things didn’t work out, and Refn has reportedly already exited the project. Read More »


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Here’s a quick, rather low-quality teaser clip from Nicolas Winding Refn‘s new film, Only God Forgives. The twenty seconds or so of footage shows star Ryan Gosling and co-star Kristen Scott Thomas in their roles in Refn’s Thai-set revenge film. Just what is going on here? Difficult to tell, exactly, but even this brief look shows the same blend of cool command and potential violence that characterized Refn and Gosling’s last outing, Drive. 

See the footage below; it probably won’t stay online for long. Read More »

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 »

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 »

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.)

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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 »

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