Gerardo Naranjo

Paramount and MGM’s long-gestating Death Wish remake suffered another setback last month when The Grey director Joe Carnahan dropped out, one year after he initially boarded. But like it has so many times before, the project has managed to bounce back. A new report indicates that Miss Bala Gerardo Naranjo is now in talks to take over at the helm. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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Here’s one more step in the career upswing of Paul Walker. As we wait for the action shenanigans of Fast & Furious 6 (and the inevitable seventh film) he’s lined up a starring role in the new version of video game series Hitman. And now he’s got another action pic — a remake of Banlieue 13, better known in the US as District B-13.

The remake is to be called Brick Mansions, and will be set in America rather than Paris. In an interesting twist, David Belle, the star of the original film and its sequel, will also appear. Walker’s character will be “an undercover detective chasing a weapon of mass destruction that was stolen by a drug dealer in the ghetto known as Brick Mansions. He seeks help from the incredibly agile Lino (Belle), who knows Brick Mansions better than anyone and is the only person not cowed by the drug dealers.”

Deadline says that Luc Besson and EuropaCorp set Camille Delamarre to direct; Delamarre edited Taken 2 and Colombiana.

After the break, Seth Gordon talks about his WarGames remake and the potential dramatic re-do of King of Kong, and we’ve got the first image from the remake of Danish TV series The Bridge, with the new version made by the director of Miss Bala. Read More »

Michael Fassbender had a huge year in 2011 with five films released. (Jane Eyre, X-Men: First Class, A Dangerous Method, Shame, and Haywire, with the last movie getting a 2011 date on IMDB thanks to festival appearances.) But his schedule for 2012 was thin until recently. He has completed only Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, and prior to last week, the only role officially booked for the actor was in Shame director Steve McQueen’s new effort Twelve Years a Slave. But then we saw him added to Ridley Scott’s The Counselor, and there’s always the spectre of a First Class sequel.

Now Fassbender has another role booked, and it is in a new film from a director who is just getting established for English-speaking audiences. Gerardo Naranjo, who directed the popular festival entry Miss Bala (see a trailer here) is working with Fox to put together The Mountain Between Us, which could be called a survival romance. One of the two leads will be played by Fassbender. Read More »

One film to do supremely well at Cannes this year that we haven’t talked much about in the months since is Miss Bala. The Mexican film is about a beauty pageant contestant (Stephanie Sigman) who narrowly survives a massacre and is subsequently drawn into the drug-running Mexican underworld.

Reviews have pegged Miss Bala as a film that savagely depicts the drug wars that have ravaged parts of Mexico. At the same time, they praise the film’s complex scripting and characterization, which don’t reduce the participants to caricatures or simple outlines. It’s a film I was already excited to see, and after looking at the excellent trailer below my interest has increased significantly. Read More »