Nicolas Winding Refn Will Not Direct Haunted Hotel Film THE BRINGING

     June 13, 2014


Following yesterday’s disappointing news that Guillermo del Toro has dropped out of directing Beauty and the Beast, another bummer has surfaced by way of a potential Nicolas Winding Refn project.  Last month, we learned that the Drive filmmaker was in talks to make an exciting haunted hotel film for Sony called The Bringing.  Unfortunately, Variety reporter Justin Kroll says negotiations stalled and Refn will not be directing the pic after all.  I was really looking forward to seeing what a studio-backed horror film from the guy who made Only God Forgives would look like, but it appears that’s not going to be happening anytime soon.

Nevertheless, Refn recently confirmed that his next pic will be the indie horror thriller I Walk with the Dead, so there’s still plenty to look forward to.  Sony likely still wants to move forward with The Bringing, so we’ll probably hear a director confirmation for the project in the coming months.

  • Michael N.

    Well the studio probably tried to make a commercial film.
    An artistic genius as Refn is never going to play within the studio system.
    Imagine a studio exec watching the final cut of Only God Forgives.
    The film would never had seen the light of day.

    • DNAsplitter

      So having a studio inject more story, dialogue and purpose behind a pretty picture? Got it. Loved Drive but thought Only god Forgives was a bad film that could have been great. Insted he tried to make his character’s interesting by acting in bizarre ways and said a total of 10 words.

      • Michael N.

        Only God Forgives is not for everyone. It is breaking the formula and some people don’t like that.

      • DNAsplitter

        Loved the music and look to the film but thought the story was lacking and acting was off in certain areas. Normally I love Ryan Gosling but he just didn’t seem to be 100% connected in the movie. It was just a missed opportunity of something that could have been as great as Drive IMO.


    G. del Toro dropping out of B & B is not disappointing.

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  • mattinacan

    i’ve never seen a director fall from good graces so fast. He could do no wrong with the excellent Valhalla Rising and the instant classic Drive, then came Only God Forgives – one of the worst movies i have ever seen.

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