From filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Only God Forgives tells the story of Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. When his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), who is the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the U.S. to collect the body of her murdered son, she demands vengeance.
At the film’s press day, Nicolas Winding Refn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what inspired the movie, how the experience of making Drive affected the script, how audiences have reacted to the film, that he doesn’t shoot any wasted footage, and how a small side story for the Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) character in Drive was one of the only things he’s ever cut from one of his films. He also talked about how he’d like to focus on his Barbarella television series next, why his remake of Logan’s Run didn’t work out, and how he would like to do a big studio project, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Warner Bros. is essentially going back to the drawing board on its long-gestating remake of the 1976 cult sci-fi film Logan’s Run. The project was initially developed for Carl Rinsch to direct, but he eventually moved on to helming the big budget, production troubled 47 Ronin for Universal. Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn subsequently signed on to helm and developed the project for several years with Ryan Gosling attached to star, but when it looked like the film was still no closer to coming to fruition after having been developed for years, Gosling subsequently dropped out. Now WB is looking to get things moving again, and they’ve tapped an interesting talent to pen a new draft of the screenplay: BioShock creator Ken Levine. Hit the jump for more.
After Drive, it looked like director Nicolas Winding Refn and actor Ryan Gosling would be constant partners since they were both doing Only God Forgives and then the remake of Logan’s Run. It looks like that partnership will be taking a break after Only God Forgives. Variety’s Justin Kroll has tweeted that Gosling has left the remake of Logan’s Run. Before everyone starts speculating on a falling out between Refn and Gosling, there are numerous reasons why Gosling might have dropped off Logan’s Run.
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Now playing in theaters is Dredd 3D. As most of you know, Dredd is an adaption of the 2000AD comics character Judge Dredd, and it stars Karl Urban, Olivia Thirlby, and Lena Headey. The film follows Dredd (Urban) and rookie Judge Cassandra Anderson (Thirlby) fighting through a tower that’s crawling with thugs in their attempt to bring down drug overlord Ma-ma (Headey). Unlike the Stallone version from the 90′s, this version of Dredd is gritty, ultra-violent, and really worth your time. For more on the film, here’s Matt’s review, a featurette, a TV spot, and all our previous coverage.
At this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, I was able to speak with screenwriter Alex Garland before the premiere. We talked about putting Dredd 3D together, how things changed along the way, the SLO-MO effects, the gritty violence, deleted scenes, the necessity of the reshoots and which scenes were added in later, and more. In addition, with Garland having written drafts of Logan’s Run and Halo, we talked about what happened on both of those projects and what it will take to make a great video game movie. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Cliff Martinez ended up as the chief author of the great score that propelled Drive. There were 5 other songs on the soundtrack, including one each by Desire and the Chromatics, two acts associated with producer/multi-instrumentalist Johnny Jewel. Jewel later revealed that he had created an entire score for Drive that was not used. There are no hard feelings with director Nicolas Winding Refn, though. Refn has talked to Jewel about working on the score for Refn’s upcoming remake of Logan’s Run once that project starts to come together.
In case there was any doubt about Jewel’s qualifications to score movies after the two tracks on the Drive soundtrack, Jewel has released the two-and-a-half hour Symmetry: Themes For An Imaginary Film. As “Imaginary” indicates, this is reportedly not Jewel’s discarded Drive score, but it sure sounds like it could be. Hit the jump to listen.
The remake of Logan’s Run has burned through numerous directors and writers. Directors Bryan Singer, James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), and Carl Erik Rinsch (the upcoming 47 Ronin) have all been attached in the past, and screenwriters including Alex Garland (28 Days Later) and Will Beall (Gangster Squad) have worked on the script. Hopefully the film has now found its dream-team in Drive director/star duo Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. The two are re-uniting for the sci-fi film which takes place in a dystopian future where no one is allowed to live past the age of 30. Anyone who doesn’t go quietly is a “runner” and has to be tracked down for extermination.
According to Heat Vision, the project has now hired Andrew Baldwin to take on the screenplay. None of Baldwin’s previous scripts have made it to a finished feature, but he’s been busy selling his work. He gained attention from his Black List script The West Is Dead, he wrote Red Asphalt for director Timur Bekmembatov (Wanted), and Warner Bros. recently picked up his period Yakuza script The Outsider. Hit the jump for more on Logan’s Run.
After the past couple years, Nicolas Winding Refn has become one of my favorite directors. I’ve enjoyed the Pusher trilogy, Bronson, Valhalla Rising, and his latest film, Drive, is my favorite flick of 2011 thus far. Refn is currently at work on the indie drama Only God Forgives with Ryan Gosling, but he’s also set to direct the remake of the 1976 sci-fi flick Logan’s Run (also starring Gosling), and he’s had a vision for a Wonder Woman flick he’s wanted to do for years. At this weekend’s Empire Big Screen convention, he said during the Q&A [via The Playlist]:
“I would love to make Wonder Woman. And I also think that Christina Hendricks would be the perfect Wonder Woman, but Warner Bros haven’t called yet. But I’m getting closer with Logan’s Run. I think someone said to me in a meeting that if I get Logan’s Run right, then I’ll get ‘Wonder Woman.”
I think “right” means “a box office hit” so here’s hoping because a Wonder Woman movie is long overdue and I’d love to see Refn’s take on the material. Also, if you’ve seen Drive (or don’t mind spoilers) and want to know more details about the making of the film, I highly recommend click through to The Playlist. Drive hits theaters on September 16th.
Following the FilmDistrict Studio panel in Hall H, that featured both Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (produced by Guillermo del Toro) and Drive, director Nicolas Refn sat down for a press roundtable to discuss the much-buzzed about film. Brutal and bloody, Drive is also being praised for its unique originality and the vision of its filmmaker, along with its score and the performances of a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston.
During the interview, Nicolas Refn talked about having his actors express their emotions through looks rather than talking, the love story between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s characters, the importance of music in both his life and on set, and using violence as a tool. He also talked about his next project with Gosling, Only God Forgives, which goes into production in February, and the development of Logan’s Run, for which he says he is close to presenting how he would like to make it to the studio, and what he thinks needs to be done to bring it to the big screen again. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Earlier today, I was in New York to do the press junket for Crazy, Stupid, Love. I’ll have the full roundtable interviews on the site closer to the film’s release date, but I wanted to provide some quick updates on future projects I learned from stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, and producer Denise Di Novi. Hit the jump for an update from Carell on Civil Warriors, Ryan Gosling talking about Logan’s Run and Only God Forgives, Emma Stone commenting on the tone of The Amazing Spider-Man, and producer Denise Di Novi speaking about the current state of her adaptations for The Jetsons and The Illustrated Man as well as the Guillermo del Toro-produced adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.
There are a handful of properties that beg for a remake that haven’t found the right combination to get it started. The latest team is star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson), who think they have finally figured out the errors of the previously potential suitors. Since the mid-1990s, the Warner Bros. property has chewed up and spit out every director Joel Silver could attach to the film, including Carl Erik Rinsch in November. The 1976 original directed by Michael Anderson centered on a future society that put an age cap at 30 to help alleviate the threat of overpopulation and limited resources. A Sandman named Logan 5 has spent his entire life chasing down Runners, but suddenly becomes one himself in a mix up. For what Gosling and Refn think is the key to remaking Logan’s Run today, hit the jump.
Apparently impressed by his work on the script for Gangster Squad, Heat Vision reports that Warner Bros. is currently negotiating with L.A. cop-turned-scribe Will Beall to pen their remake of the 1976 sci-fi film Logan’s Run. Based on the 1967 novel by William F. Nolan, Logan’s Run is set in a future dystopian society in which people are required by law to be executed at a certain age so as to manage resource consumption. As the story goes, one of the executioners, Logan, goes on the run after aiding and abetting those evading the law.
In addition to its negotiations with Beall, Warner Bros. remake has been gaining steam after casting Ryan Gosling in the title role and handing over the director’s chair to Bronson writer/director Nicolas Winding Refn. As for Beall, his career is on a similar upswing with his aforementioned Gangster Squad being helmed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) and gaining interest from both Gosling and Sean Penn. Beall has also been hired to pen a Lethal Weapon reboot for Warner Bros.
Over the last few years, I’ve been able to interview producer Joel Silver a number of times. As the producer of almost 100 movies including The Matrix, Predator, Lethal Weapon, Die Hard, Sherlock Holmes, Speed Racer (one of my favorite films of 2008), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, V for Vendetta, and so many other awesome films, it’s always great to talk with him.
The reason I got to sit down with him this time was for his new movie Unknown. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan), the film stars Liam Neeson, January Jones, Diane Kruger, Bruno Ganz, Aidan Quinn and Frank Langella and it’s about a man who awakens from a coma (Neeson) only to discover that someone has taken on his identity and that no one believes him. With the help of a young woman (Kruger), he sets out to prove who he is. You can watch some clips here.
During our extended interview, we talked about why he always shoots in Berlin, how was making Unknown compared to other projects, and the casting of Liam Neeson. In addition, we talked about how he makes movies and the state of the industry. Some of the subjects he covered was how much time he spends on set, how many scripts he reads, are home video sales really as bad as everyone says, his thoughts on VOD, is foreign box office an even bigger part of getting a film made nowadays, his thoughts on 3D, and how hard is it to get a big tent pole movie made nowadays. Finally, for fans of Logan’s Run, I got an update on that. Hit the jump to either read or listen to the interview:
Here’s some awesome news: Ryan Gosling is set to star in Warner Bros’ remake of the sci-fi flick Logan’s Run. Here’s some more awesome news: Nicolas Winding Refn is set to direct. Deadline reports that Gosling is eager to reunite with his Drive director and it’s so cool that Warners is giving Refn a tent pole flick. Carl Erik Rinsch was originally set to direct, but stepped down in November to helm 47 Ronin instead.
Studios have been eager to get Gosling and his “Hey Girl” looks and acting talent into a tent pole flick and while he’s going more mainstream with the rom-com Stupid, Crazy, Love this summer with Steve Carell, this is definitely a big transition for the in-demand actor. He’s also attached to star in George Clooney’s political drama The Ides of March. However, while I’m happy for Gosling, I’m even more jazzed about Refn getting the gig. I became a big fan of the guy after watching the Pusher trilogy and Bronson and I can’t wait to see what he does with Logan’s Run. For those unfamiliar with Logan’s Run, hit the jump for a synopsis.
Carl Rinsch’s first feature film, 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves, has been given the green light by Universal and a release date: November 21st, 2012. THR reports due to the green light, Rinsch has stepped down from Logan’s Run, the sci-fi feature he was previously set to direct, leaving the spot ready for another to claim. It’s unfortunate as Warner Bros. has had scant success securing a director to remake the film, but Rinsch feels he needs to prioritise and redirect his time and focus to ensure that 47 Ronin is a success.
The legend of the 47 Ronin is based on the true story of a group of samurai who avenged the forced, ritual suicide of their master back in 1702. The leaderless samurai, or Ronin, plotted revenge for nearly a year before murdering the court officials who brought shame on their master and were rewarded by a big helping of their own forced, ritual suicide.
Hit the jump for more on the struggle to revive Logan’s Run.
Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later) is in negotiations to pen the screenplay for Carl Rinsch’s remake of the 1976 sci-fi film Logan’s Run. The plot centers on a future where people must die when they reach a certain age. Anyone who refuses is a “runner” and they’re hunted down by operatives known as “Sandmen”. Logan is a Sandman who is forced to become a runner. According to Heat Vision, producers Joel Silver and Akiva Goldsman are looking for the new film to incorporate the expanded world presented in William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson’s 1967 novel.
Garland’s most recent screenplay credit is for Mark Romanek’s upcoming Never Let Me Go. Rinsch is attached to multiple projects including The Gift, a remake of Creature from the Black Lagoon, and 47 Ronin.