Buried director Rodrigo Cortés will next direct Sigourney Weaver in Red Lights, in which she’ll play Margaret Matheson, “a para-psychologist who attempts to debunk a very reputable psychic who has just returned to the limelight after 30 years.” What are the chances her character is named after author Richard Matheson? Pretty good. Cortés told Bloody Disgusting the film is “”about how the brain does not give a true picture of reality.”

After the break, new talent for The Thing and The Help (can we combine those into one film, The Helpful Thing?) and two roles for True Blood‘s Grant Bowler. Read More »

Sundance Movie Review: Buried


I first learned of Buried after the spec screenplay appeared on the Black List, a listing of the top unproduced screenplays of the year. Written by Chris Sparling, the film stars Ryan Reynolds as a U.S. contractor working in Iraq who wakes up to find that he has been buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. The entire 94 minute feature takes place in the coffin, with no cutaways to the outside world. Aside from his phone, Reynolds is the only actor who appears on screen in the film.

As a former screenwriter, I’m a huge fan of minimalistic one-room thrillers — Hard Candy, Tape, The Killing Room, Frozen…etc. I’ve been looking forward to Buried since it was first announced, and tonight I finally got to screen the movie as part of Sundance’s Park City at Midnight category.

Buried is a cinematic achievement in almost every respect.

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We were surprised and interested when word came down that Ryan Reynolds would be the star of what amounts to a one-man show in the movie Buried. As details came out — Reynolds plays a civilian contractor trapped in a coffin with only a cell phone and a lighter — the movie got more intriguing. Now there’s a teaser trailer and a scene clip to show what director Rodrigo Cortés has in mind. Read More »

Sundance Photo Preview: Buried


Rodrigo CortesBuried will premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in the Park City at Midnight category, one of eight films selected from over 3724 titles from all over the world.

I’ve been following this project since it was announced. For those of you who don’t know, the story is about a U.S. contractor working in Iraq who awakes to find he is buried alive inside a coffin. With only a lighter and a cell phone it’s a race against time to escape this claustrophobic death trap. Ryan Reynolds stars in this one-man show, which is shot completely inside the coffin.

I love minimalistic single-room thrillers that force a bunch of characters to clash, because they seem the hardest to write. Chris Sparling’s indie screenplay is a single-room thriller with only one actor. How does that even work? More photos and posters after the jump. Read More »

First Look: Ryan Reynolds in Buried


I’m fascinated by the in-production indie Buried, starring Ryan Reynolds, as evidenced by the fact that I keep writing about it. Now Twitch presents a pair of stills from the film showing a bit of what we can expect to see when Reynolds wakes up buried alive in a shallow grave in Iraq. Read More »