Like the rest of the internet, I love Drive, and admire the bold direction from Nicolas Winding Refn. However, since Drive is the only Refn film I can knowledgeably praise, I am cautious in my excitement for his upcoming projects, Logan’s Run and Only God Forgives. I get the impression that will change once I see the Pusher trilogy that launched Refn’s career in Denmark. I am running out of time to catch up*, because director Luis Prieto is hard at work on an English-language remake of Pusher.
Refn has given the project his blessing by virtue of his role as executive producer. Tonight we have the first images—both very red in hue—of stars Richard Coyle and Agyness Deyn from AFM. Check out the images after the break along with the official synopsis.
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Here’s the official synopsis:
As edgy and explosive as Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic, this English language remake sees a small time London drug dealer descend into debt following a spot of bad luck and a series of bad choices. The more desperate his behavior gets, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the nine millimeter bullet his debtors intend to put through his skull…
And in case you missed it, this is Refn’s statement regarding the remake:
“Pusher was the film that launched my career and to have Luis Prieto direct the remake in London will be an exciting venture. It’s a classic tale with strong characters and has an engaging narrative. To see my characters, Frank and Tony in London, one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world, is an opportunity not to be missed.”
How cool is it see the man who gave us Jeff in Coupling in the John Woo Two Gun pose?
*According to my bizarre, unhealthy practice of measuring the passage of time by movie release dates