Hold the Dark first look

If you’ve seen the revenge movie Blue Ruin and the Nazi punk rock thriller Green Room, you know director Jeremy Saulnier is not the type of filmmaker to pull any punches. And if you thought those were a little too savage, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

The director just released the first official photo from his new movie, a Netflix thriller called Hold the Dark, and Saulnier says that the movie contains his highest body count so far – but it also set a new record for him in terms of intimate dialogue scenes. Check out the photo of star Alexander Skarsgard and read more about the new film below. Read More »

Jeremy Saulnier Leaving True Detective

True Detective fans have been anticipating a redeeming third season for the crime thriller series after a rushed, disappointing second season couldn’t live up to the greatness of the first season, made great by the writing of Nic Pizzolatto and the direction of Cary Fukunaga. The hiring of Green Room and Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier gave us hope that True Detective would return to form, but it appears there may have been some trouble on set, resulting in the director leaving before finishing all his episodes. Read More »

Ray Fisher - Justice League - True Detective Season 3 Cast

True Detective season 3 is coming together nicely. Blue Ruin and Green Room director Jeremy Saulnier is co-directing, Deadwood creator David Milch is part of the creative team, Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is the lead, and the cast continues to grow. The latest addition to the True Detective season 3 cast is Justice League actor Ray Fisher, who will play the son of Ali’s character.

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Jeremy Saulnier

HBO is officially moving forward with True Detective season 3, which will star Mahershala Ali (Moonlight). Here’s what makes this announcement especially sweet: Ali will be directed by Jeremy Saulnier, the filmmaker behind Green Room and Blue Ruin. Saulnier and the show’s creator, Nic Pizzolatto, will direct the third season – which will unfold in three different time periods.

Below, learn more about True Detective season 3.

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27 People Who Could (or Should) Direct ‘The Batman’

the batman director

Yesterday, Ben Affleck stepped down from directing The Batman. One day, someone is going to write a book explaining exactly what was going on behind-the-scenes at Warner Bros. that led to this revolving door of filmmakers on all of their projects. We’ll surely know someday. But not today.

So today is a day of speculation. As Matt Reeves and Mat Ross emerge as apparent frontrunners, it’s time to do that thing where we make a list of people who should direct the next Batman movie. Some of these names are totally plausible. Some are wishful thinking. Others are here just because the thought of them directing a big-budget superhero movie makes me giggle uncontrollably. Most of all, this an excuse for us to just goof off and daydream while Warner Bros. figures everything out.

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Jeremy Saulnier next movie

Thankfully, it didn’t take director Jeremy Saulnier too long to get his next project up and running. Saulnier is coming off Green Room, a movie seemingly beloved by most people who saw it. Saulnier is following up that intense thriller with Hold the Dark, which is a bloody and violent tale prominently set in Alaska.

Below, learn more about the next Jeremy Saulnier film.

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GREEN ROOM

I remember watching Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin on VOD awhile back and being dazzled by Saulnier’s visual style, his use of practical special effects, and his effortless and naturalistic dialogue. The movie would end up on my top 10 films of the year. Saulnier’s Green Room is somehow even more intense. Chronicling the trials and tribulations of the final days of a punk rock band tour, Green Room has an even larger cast of characters and more ambitious thrills than anything Saulnier has ever done.

Green Room is out in limited release today and I’d highly recommend you check it out. I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with Saulnier while he was in Seattle. We talked about how much of his life he poured into Blue Ruin, how he came up with the concept of Green Room, and why performance is just as important for selling special effects. Hit the jump to listen to my interview with Saulnier, and to read transcribed excerpts.
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Exclusive ‘Green Room’ Clip: “Get Ready to Run”

green room clip

I first saw Green Room a few months ago and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s nasty, brutal thriller has wedged itself into my brain in a big way – it’s the kind of movie that’s so intense that it makes most hard-edged genre movies look downright friendly and agreeable. This is take-no-prisoners filmmaking at its finest.

So we’re pleased to debut a new clip from Green Room, which should give you a little taste of what to expect from the final film.

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jeremy saulnier interview

If there’s a 2016 film more intense than Green Room, I’m not sure how I’m going to survive. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s thriller has a crazy hook – members of a punk band witness a murder and take refuge inside a concert venue’s green room as a gang of deadly neo-Nazis lay siege – and the execution lives up the promise of that premise. Green Room is vicious and unrelenting and masterfully crafted by a filmmaker who has grown with each of his films. Between Murder Party, Blue Ruin and now this, Saulnier has proven himself to be one of the most exciting young filmmakers working today. Green Room is a serious frontrunner for any Best of the Year list.

So of course I jumped at the chance to speak with Saulnier about his film. Our conversation begins with his experience in the punk rock scene, touches on how to create effective cinematic violence, and yes, we do talk about casting the great Patrick Stewart as a calculating skinhead leader.

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Green Room Red Band Trailer

There’s being at the wrong place at the wrong time, and then there’s finding yourself in the middle of a group of neo-Nazis who will stop at anything to cover up a murder. That’s exactly what happens in Jeremy Saulnier‘s latest thriller Green Room when a punk rock band sees something they weren’t supposed to after playing a shady stop on a little cross country tour.

Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) are among the bandmates while Imogen Poots (Fright Night) is the concertgoer whose friend has met a grisly fate at the hands of another band member’s violent ways. They all end up stuck in this hell that is meticulously taken care of by Patrick Stewart and his loyal group of skinheads. A new Green Room red band trailer shows just how intense this movie truly is, and it’s one you won’t want to miss. Read More »