Scott Cooper

Scott Cooper isn’t a director with mainstream interests. His first film, Crazy Heart, was about a grizzled old musician; it won an Oscar for Jeff Bridges. His second film, Out of the Furnace, tells a methodical story of crime and revenge set in and around a blue collar Pennsylvania town during 2008, just as the American economy began to crap the bed. Christian Bale stars at Russ, a man with plenty of hardship in his life, who is forced to deal with even more problems when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) disappears. Throughout, Cooper is interested in the setting and characters, and subtly suggesting information to an audience, instead of huge setpieces and obvious reveals.

We spoke to Cooper about the difficulties of bringing a smaller story like this to the big screen. We also talked about how he changed the original screenplay, the rising trend of rural noir, some of the film’s questionable decisions and ultimately why he decided not to make The Stand. Read the full interview below. Read More »


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Scott Cooper Leaves WB’s ‘The Stand’ Adaptation


Briefly: The Warner Bros. adaptation of Stephen King’s massive novel The Stand has become something of a revolving door project for creatives. Harry Potter screenwriter/director pair Steve Kloves and David Yates were on board at one point, but gave way to Ben Affleck after some time in development. Then Affleck moved on, and Scott Cooper, of Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace, came on to rewrite and direct.

Now Cooper has bailed, too. Read More »

Out of the Furnace

Woody Harrelson‘s last feature role was as a time-traveling turkey in the animated family flick Free Birds, but don’t let that trick you into thinking he’s lost his edge. The new TV spot for Scott Cooper‘s Out of the Furnace has arrived, and he’s full-on terrifying in it.

The gritty drama stars Christian Bale as Russell, a steel mill worker whose Iraq vet brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) falls into the criminal underworld and eventually disappears. When the police fail to find Rodney, Russell sets out to discover the truth for himself. Check out the new video after the jump.

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Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper returns this winter with Out of the Furnace, a crime thriller that features an all star cast including Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody HarrelsonForest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Zoë Saldana and Sam Shepard.

The first trailer made the film look great, and this new one outlines the story a bit better, so if you watch this you’ll start to know how brothers played by Bale and Affleck run afoul of a local criminal played by Harrelson, and how that sets up a conflict that will probably mess everyone up in the end. Read More »


Warner Bros. has been working on a new feature film version of Stephen King‘s giant apocalyptic novel The Stand, which was previously made into a televised mini-series. A few different writers and directors have been attached over the past couple years, with the most recent being Ben Affleck, but now the studio has settled on someone new.

Scott Cooper, who wrote and directed Crazy Heart and the upcoming Out of the Furnace (trailer here), is now in talks to direct and rewrite The Stand. Read More »


Here’s the trailer for Out of the Furnace, the new film from Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. The film features Christian Bale as a Pennsylvania steelworker whose brother (Casey Affleck) gets in trouble with a backwoods but powerful criminal (Woody Harrelson). The rest of the supporting cast is impressive, with Zoe Saldana, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, and Sam Shepard playing big roles, all of which are given a few moments here.

This trailer is solid. In fact, just so long as you’re willing to have Pearl Jam’s ‘Release‘ in your head for the rest of the day, I think it’s a pretty terrific trailer, and one that will set the movie up as a must-see for a lot of people who might not have known what to expect before now. Read More »

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Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper is finally getting close to finishing his follow-up feature. The new film is called Out of the Furnace, and features Christian Bale as Russell, a man whose younger brother is drawn deep into crime after Russell goes to prison. After his release, Bale’s character seeks justice for his brother, and winds up facing Woody Harrelson, as a powerful local criminal.

The first images from the film are out today. That’s one above, and you can see another after the break. Read More »

So much for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s plans to take a break from Hollywood — he may have already found his next role. The Django Unchained actor is set to produce and possibly star in The Road Home, an adaptation of an upcoming novel by Michael Armour. The project is set up at Warner Bros. with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) on board to write, direct, and produce. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Briefly: Walter Salles has landed on a film to follow On the Road; trouble is, doing so means another director has left the project in question. Scott Cooper, director of Crazy Heart, was set to make the true-life story The Man in the Rockefeller Suit last year. But now he’s off the project and Salles is on in his palce.

Variety reports that things are still early and that producers at Fox Searchlight are looking for a screenwriter to adapt Mark Seal‘s 2011 book.

The story is a good one, though: it follows German-born Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter, who arrived in the U.S. as a teenager in the late ’70s and began assuming various identities. He eventually settled on that of Clark Rockefeller, “reluctant scion of the family with the country’s most famous name,” and capitalized on the false persona to climb the ranks of upper-crust East Coast society — living in luxury, landing prestigious Wall Street jobs, and even maintaining a 12-year marriage with businesswoman Sandra Boss, who was unaware of his true identity. His long-term con fell apart in the ’00s, when Boss divorced him and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter. In March 2011, Gerhartsreiter was charged with the 1985 murder of a California man named Jonathan Sohus.