From acclaimed Danish filmmaker Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and screenwriter J.H. Wyman (Fringe), the crime drama Dead Man Down tells the story of two strangers who are bound together by their mutual obsession with revenge. Victor (Colin Farrell) is a mysterious man who has infiltrated the crime empire run by ruthless kingpin Alphonse (Terrence Howard) for his own very definite reasons, while his neighbor Beatrice (Noomi Rapace) wants Victor’s help to carry out her own plans for retribution.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, the charming and talented actor Dominic Cooper, who plays the ambitious gangster Darcy, talked about the appeal of the complex story arc his character has in the film, the challenge of making this guy both dangerous and likeable, and working with a director with such a specific vision. He also talked about how terrifying it is to take on Ian Fleming for the BBC America mini-series Fleming and how he’s portraying the man the way he saw himself, as opposed to recreating him, and what attracted him to Need for Speed, about a street racer (played by Aaron Paul) fresh out of prison after having been framed by a wealthy business associate, who joins a cross country race with revenge in mind. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
James Bond is headed to the small screen…kind of. Variety reports that Dominic Cooper (Captain America) is in talks to play James Bond creator/author Ian Fleming in a four-part biopic miniseries for Sky Atlantic directed by Mat Whitecross (The Road to Guantanamo). Written by John Brownlow and Don Macpherson, the project is tentatively titled Fleming and will take place during WWII, when Fleming worked for British Naval intelligence against the Nazis. This was an influential time for Fleming, as it was his experiences during the war that led to the creation of James Bond and influenced the storylines of a number of books.
This isn’t the only Fleming biopic in the works, as Moon helmer Duncan Jones is also developing a film based on Fleming’s time with British Intelligence. Jones’ project is currently the only film to be given the full support of The Ian Fleming Estate. Cooper most recently entered talks to join Aaron Paul in the video game adaptation Need for Speed and will next be seen opposite Colin Farrell in the thriller Dead Man Down this coming March.
The EPIX exclusive documentary Everything or Nothing: The Untold Story of 007, from director Stevan Riley, celebrates 50 years of James Bond, just in time for the highly anticipated release of the latest Bond film, Skyfall, due out on November 9th. The fascinating story focuses on three men – Bond producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli, Harry Saltzman and author Ian Fleming – and the inspiring story behind the creation and survival of one of the longest running film franchises in cinema history.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Barbara Broccoli – who has continued her family’s legacy as Bond producer, along with her half-brother Michael Wilson – talked about how this documentary came to be, what it was like to see her father achieve the American dream, how Bond has always been a huge and extraordinary part of her life, and what it’s like to be a part of something that has not only become a film legacy, but is also her family’s legacy as well. She also talked about why Daniel Craig was the right Bond for the 21st century, that the first cut of Skyfall was only about 8 to 10 minutes longer than its current 2 hours and 21 minutes, and how she’s made sure to sign the actor on for more films. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Though the next James Bond film, Skyfall, is due later this year, another kind of Bond films is already in the works. It was announced that Duncan Jones (Moon) has signed on to direct “the action-packed” story of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. Jones had this to say about the gig:
“Fleming lived through one of the most perilous periods in world history, in a position that allowed him a unique vantage point of all the players, all the stakes. He witnesses true heroism first-hand. And he saw the evil men could do. Then, when the war ended, he went off to write fiction. The essential question for me is; where did Ian Fleming end and Bond begin?”
The author masterminded real-life secret operations before he created the James Bond book series, so there’s obviously quite a lot to draw from. Hit the jump for more details.
When you’ve a well respected actor that everyone thinks is great, there will always be rumors about what you might do next. For James McAvoy, those rumors include playing Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s The Hobbit, and a more recent rumor that he’s going to star as Ian Fleming in a biopic that Animus Films is developing.
But according to McAvoy, it’s all rumors and nothing more. Regarding the Ian Fleming movie, McAvoy says he read the script a long time ago but he never spoke with the producers, so he doesn’t know where the story originates from. He also denies The Hobbit story.
Hit the jump to see exactly what he had to say…plus he talks about his next film, I’m With Cancer, which Jonathan Levine (The Wackness) is directing.
Pajiba reports that Palmstar Entertainment and Animus Films are developing a biopic of James Bond author Ian Fleming with James McAvoy attached to play the lead. Currently titled Ian Fleming, the biopic would focus on the years that gave Fleming his inspiration to create the twelve novels and two story collections featuring MI6 super-spy James Bond. Apparently, Fleming was just a playboy in his early days but his experiences in World War II changed his life and caused him to become the creator of the semi-autobiographical 007.
McAvoy sounds like a solid choice for this role. He has the charisma to portray a playboy but perhaps with a little delusion that he’s as charming and as lethal as his fictional counterpart. The actor has been keeping busy as he wraps production on Robert Redford’s The Conspirator, and is attached to Wanted 2 and to co-star with Seth Rogen in the drama-comedy I’m with Cancer. Pajiba speculates that the $40 million biopic could slide between these two movies, but I always work under the impression that the film that gets full financing first wins. If Ian Fleming has the money it needs, then it’s good to go once a director comes on board.