The Meg 2 director

Ben Wheatley is about to take a swim.

The director of such varied projects as Sightseers and Netflix’s new Rebecca remake has been hired by Warner Bros. to direct The Meg 2, a follow-up to the studio’s 2018 giant shark movie. Star Jason Statham is expected to return to lead the cast once again, but man…Ben Wheatley directing a big-budget studio shark film? What an odd choice. Read More »

rebecca review

It’s never a good idea to remake Hitchcock, even though several have tried. And while Ben Wheatley‘s new Netflix Rebecca is technically not a remake, but rather a new adaptation of Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, it can’t escape the Hitchock film’s legacy. Like its main character, Rebecca is living in the shadow of its predecessor. To Wheatley’s credit, he doesn’t try to ape Hitchcock in any way, shape, or form. But, oddly enough, he doesn’t bring much new life to the proceedings, either. For a film filled with such lush production design, Rebecca is a curiously stifled affair.

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Rebecca Posters

This fall, Netflix is releasing Rebecca, a bold attempt at following Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film from 1940, based on the 1938 novel of the same name by Daphne du Maurier. But if there’s anyone who can do it, it’s director Ben Wheatley, and his new take on the old story also has the benefit of starring Armie Hammer and Lily James. Both are prominently featured on some colorful, fractured and double exposed posters, and they all have Kristin Scott Thomas as the titular character looming in the background. Read More »

rebecca trailer

How do you follow up Alfred Hitchcock? The 1941 Rebecca was famously the only film Hitchcock directed that nabbed a Best Picture win at the Oscars, and remains to this day a beloved adaptation of the Daphne du Maurier Gothic classic. But can Ben Wheatley‘s new version hold a candle to Hitchcock’s film, or even du Maurier’s haunting novel? We’ll have to see once it hits Netflix this October. Watch the Rebecca trailer below.

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netflix rebecca

It’s always a risky idea to remake an Alfred Hitchcock movie, but when it comes to Ben Wheatley‘s Rebecca, we have nothing to worry about. According to Wheatley himself, this is definitely not a remake of the 1940 Hitchcock film. Instead, Wheatley is turning towards the original source material – the novel by Daphne du Maurier.

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Lily James Armie Hammer

Ben Wheatley, the director of films like Free Fire, High-Rise, and Kill List, is going Gothic for his next film. He’s tackling an adaptation of Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel about a young woman who gets married to a rich widower and slowly learns that his late wife’s memory casts a long shadow over everyone who lives at their sprawling manor. Lily James and Armie Hammer star in the new Netflix film, which finally has a release date and a batch of first-look photos that you can check out below. Read More »

tomb raider sequel director

Alicia Vikander‘s Tomb Raider series has found another director to lead its expedition. Ben Wheatley, who has proven to be a filmmaker to watch with critically acclaimed blackly comic thrillers like High-Rise and Free Fire, has been tapped by MGM as the Tomb Raider sequel director. The follow-up to the Roar Uthaug-directed 2018 Tomb Raider is set to come to theaters in March 2021.

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happy new year colin burstead trailer

Ben Wheatley tends to make ultra-violent, ultra-strange movies that you can’t quite pin down. With Happy New Year, Colin Burstead, he appears to be trying something different. The trailer sells Wheatley’s latest as a wacky comedy of errors, but don’t be surprised if there’s more than meets the eye. In the film, a man rents a house in order to celebrate New Years with his extended family. The celebration doesn’t appear to go smoothly.

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Rebecca Netflix

“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again.” That’s the iconic opening line of Daphne du Maurier‘s 1938 novel Rebecca, a gothic thriller which largely takes place in an English estate called Manderley. The book has been adapted several times over the years (Orson Welles once starred in a radio version), but its most famous adaptation is the 1940 movie that stands as the only film Alfred Hitchcock directed which won Best Picture at the Oscars.

Hollywood has been trying to get another version made for years, and now director Ben Wheatley (High-Rise, Free Fire) is the latest to take on the challenge. Learn more about the Rebecca Netflix adaptation below. Read More »

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Happy New Year Colin Burstead Review

It’s the tried and true experiment: stick a dysfunctional family in a big house for a day and see what happens. When done well, it can be a like a cathartic claustrophobic symphony. But Ben Wheatley‘s Happy New Year, Colin Burstead doesn’t pack a punch.

This particular story of family dysfunction is set in the grand Cumberland House in Dorset, also referred to by its characters as a castle, Burstead Hall and “fucking Downton Abbey.” It’s not exactly a bottle episode, because we do see glimpses of Colin (Neil Maskell), his Mum Sandy (Doon Mackichan) and his sister’s Gini’s houses (Hayley Squires), but not enough to get a sense of how differently they all live. With such a large ensemble and diversity of personalities, Happy New Year fails to flesh them out.

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