There was a point where Nicolas Winding Refn was considering making a film called The Dying of the Light, about a CIA agent whose vision starts to fail while on a mission. Refn moved on to other projects, and won’t direct the movie, but he might still make it.

The project’s screenwriter is Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver), whose micro-budget movie The Canyons has been generating a lot of talk for the past year. Now Schrader plans to direct The Dying of the Light later this year. He says Refn may still end up producing, and that they’ve got a major name nearly set to star. Read More »

Last year, we got the surprising but not unwelcome news that Nicolas Winding Refn would be revamping Barbarella for the small screen. Now he’s being joined by some other big cinematic names. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have co-written the last five Bond movies including Skyfall, have just signed on to write the script. Hit the jump to read more.

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This is probably eighty-five percent off the cuff talk, but it’s a slow news week, so here’s a head-scratching laugh courtesy of Channing Tatum. When he was young, the actor spent a year as a male stripper, and says the experience gave him enough material to come up with a movie about a guy who sheds his skivvies for singles.

Tatum talked to the Sydney Morning Herald recently while promoting Dear John, and said that he’s got a director in mind for the film. “I’ve already got the director picked out. I’d like Nicolas Refn, who did the movie Bronson, to do it because he’s insane for it. It needs to be a crazy film and I think it’s also possible to do a cute, romantic movie.”

“Insane for it,” meaning…that Refn knows of the idea and likes it? Or that Refn is insane enough to do it? (Which is certainly true.) Like I said — possibly nothing to get too expectant and/or worried about. Probably not a bad way to give Refn a hit, though. I expect there’s a sizable audience that would pay to see Tatum take his clothes off, should he star in it. (Which he says he’s ready to do.) [via Vulture]

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?
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