Years ago, after the Keanu Reeves/Sandra Bullock thriller Speed dominated summer box office, jokes quickly spawned about how studio development of films based on the success of a story about a bomb-rigged bus that had to maintain speed in order to avoid detonation. “Speed on a Plane,” ” Speed in an Elevator,” and other gags were floated. It was the new “Die Hard on a ____” plot gag. Hell, a “Speed on a Boat” joke actually became Speed 2.

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After a very unrevealing first teaser, we finally got a better look at Buried director Rodrigo CortésRed Lights when the full-length international trailer hit last week. Unfortunately, with all the dialogue dubbed over in Spanish and nary a subtitle in sight, it was difficult to get a sense of what was actually going on. Now an English-language version of the same trailer has just gone up, and while the film is still shrouded in plenty of mystery — it is a thriller, after all — the new video does a much better job of setting up the premise for the non-Spanish-speakers among us.

Sigourney Weaver and Cillian Murphy star as psychologist Margaret Matheson and her assistant Tom Buckley, respectively, who study and debunk parascience and paranormal activity. They find their biggest challenge yet when a world-famous psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro) returns to the limelight after decades in retirement. Elizabeth Olsen and Toby Jones also star. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Two years ago Rodrigo Cortés brought the one-man thriller Buried to Sundance, and this year he returned with Red Lights, a film in which follows “psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?”

Today, despite tepid reviews, Millennium Entertainment signed a deal to distribute Red Lights in the US. While there isn’t yet a new domestic trailer to supplement the teaser we saw a couple months back, there is an international trailer to show off the film a bit.

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Rodrigo Cortés made a name for himself with a film that premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival: Buried, based on Chris Sparling’s black list script about a man buried alive who has to figure a way out of his coffin before his air supply is used up. The film starred Ryan Reynolds, and was critically praised for it’s direction, a tough task considering the 95-minute film takes place completely inside a casket.

Cortés returns to Sundance two years later with the $15 million thriller Red Lights, which he also wrote. The story follows Psychologist Margaret Matheson (Sigourney Weaver) and her assistant Tom Buckley (Cillian Murphy) as they study and disprove paranormal activity, parascience and psychics. But can they take down world-renowned psychic Simon Silver (Robert De Niro), who has come out of retirement after three decades?

This is a 21st century Ghostbusters. What if Venkman, Stantz and Spengler never got fired from their parapsychology professor jobs? What if they took their research seriously and mounted a serious fight against the world of paranormal scams (a la skeptics James Randi and Penn Jillette), busting “ghosts” through scientific research. Or you might even be ale to think of it as a Ghostbusters spin-off — what if Dana Barrett (Weaver’s character in GB) left the company of the Ghostbusters and became a skeptic?
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Although director Rodrigo Cortes isn’t a household name just yet, last year’s gripping, suspenseful Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, marked him as a talent to watch. So we’ve been curious about his new project, Red Lights, ever since it was first announced last year. Our anticipation only heightened as we watched Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, and indie darling Elizabeth Olsen join the cast, one by one.

We got our first glimpse of the film back in the spring, when a not terribly exciting photo was released showing De Niro standing on a stage, all in black. Now we’ve got a a brand-new teaser, which offers a very slightly better look at the movie.

Written and directed by Cortes, the story revolves around a psychologist (Weaver) and her assistant (Olsen). Their research leads them to try and debunk a famous psychic (De Niro), who’s making a comeback after decades away from the limelight. Murphy plays Olsen’s love interest. Sadly, Weaver, Olsen, and Murphy are nowhere to be seen in the trailer — it’s just De Niro by himself, acting all mysterious-like. Watch the video after the jump.

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Multiple choice question: is this photo of Robert De Niro as he does black and white Twin Peaks cosplay, or a still from his new film Red Lights? Sadly (for those who want to see him dress up as the Little Man From Another Place) it is the latter. The film is from Rodrigo Cortes (Buried) and also stars Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy and Elizabeth Olsen, who made huge waves in Sundance for her roles in Martha Marcy May Marlene and Silent House.

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One of the films getting the best notes so far at Sundance 2011 is the drama/thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene. It’s the breakout feature for actress Elizabeth Olsen (yes, younger sister of Mary-Kate and Ashley) who has now been cast in her next picture. She’ll appear opposite Sigourney Weaver, Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy in Red Lights, from Buried director Rodrigo Cortes. Read More »

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Buried proved to be a fascinating filmmaking exercise for Rodrigo Cortés, with the first-time English feature director (pictured above right) impressively overcoming the limitations inherent in the premise through sheer stylistic virtuosity. If that’s what he can achieve with just a box, I can’t wait to see what he can do with a film like Red Lights, his psychological thriller that previously cast Sigourney Weaver as “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.”

Opposite Weaver will be Robert De Niro, who’s been attached to star as the world-renowned psychic who finds himself being investigated by Weaver and her assistant. According to Cortés, the film is about “about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.” Let’s review: two great actors, a director with tons of a potential, and a deeply intriguing premise. If Red Lights hasn’t already been on your radar, now’s the time to start taking note. [Variety]

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