James Badge Dale is one of those actors that while you know his work, you don’t yet know his name. However, I think that’s about to change. Because after starring in HBO’s The Pacific, AMC’s short lived but really well done Rubicon, and as Michael Fassbender’s friend and boss in Steve McQueen‘s Shame, Dale has shown his versatility and range and he’s become one of those actors that I can’t wait to see what he’ll do next. And with his roles in Joe Carnahan‘s The Grey, Robert Zemeckis‘ Flight, Marc Forster‘s World War Z alongside Brad Pitt, and Gore Verbinski‘s The Lone Ranger, it looks like I’m not the only one who is a fan of his work.
Last week I got to sit down with Dale for an extended interview at The Grey junket. Since I spoke to him on camera for The Grey before this interview, I decided to use this time to ask other questions. We talked about how he got into acting, does he still have to audition, what making Shame was like (he tells some great behind the scenes stories), Rubicon (for fans of the show he talks about a different final episode that was never shot), how he had to fight to be in Robert Zemeckis’ Flight and what he did to land the role, comments on McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave, and discusses The Lone Ranger. He calls it a “big, fun Western” with “a different take on it.” Hit the jump for more.
Writer-director Christopher McQuarrie (One Shot) is set to produce, write, and direct Rubicon, a multi-platform remake of Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. According to Deadline, the property is intended to be turned into a movie, graphic novel, and videogame. For those unfamiliar with Kurosawa’s masterpiece, the story focuses on a group of ronin hired by hapless villagers to defend against bandits. Rubicon will recast the samurai as Navy SEALs in Afghanistan fighting against the Taliban. I can get on board with a Seven Samurai remake that lifts the premise and puts it into a new setting, and Rubicon‘s set-up sounds like it could be a solid movie/graphic novel/video game.
McQuarrie, whose brother commanded a SEAL team, will co-produce with founding SEAL Team Six member Dan Capel. Fellow producer Mark Long says the intention is to “explore the true nature of war, for both its heroes and its victims.” The true nature of war: reset buttons and experience points. Deadline reports that the plan is to release the video game, graphic novel, and movie simultaneously and that each will have a separate but complementary storyline. The first chapter of the graphic novel will be included in Capel’s upcoming autobiography.
After a perfect track record of developing series to pilot and a first season, AMC now has their first canceled series as the cable network announced that Rubicon would not be picked up for a second season. The cancellation comes as no surprise since the series wasn’t exactly raking in the ratings or gaining a lot of talk around the water cooler. The network released a statement saying, “Rubicon gave us an opportunity to tell a rich and compelling story, and we’re proud of the series. This was not an easy decision, but we are grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such a phenomenally talented and dedicated team.”
This is sad for a number of reasons, but mostly because this was a phenomenal slow burning, government agency conspiracy thriller that never found a big enough audiences. Rubicon was essentially the opposite of 24, focusing on all the intelligence work that would allow a field agent like Jack Bauer to do his job. Of course, that’s not the most exciting prospect for a TV series, but every week, more tension and suspense riddled every episode than most network drama series that keep fans salivating today (I’m looking at you CSI). Personally, I’m extremely disappointed with Rubicon’s cancellation, but I guess AMC’s dedication to The Walking Dead will have to suffice.
It doesn’t officially premiere until August, but AMC aired a sneak preview of the entire pilot for the conspiracy thriller Rubicon on the heels of last night’s superlative Breaking Bad finale. But in case you missed it, AMC wants to make sure you get a chance to check it out: the network has posted the entire episode online, and will rerun it periodically throughout the week.
I really liked the episode — it appealed to the math geek in me. So if there’s a speck of math geek in you, if you like the slow-burn thrillers of the seventies, or if you’re bit of a conspiracy nut, you can find the online edition of the premiere episode of Rubicon after the jump.
A sneak preview for the AMC conspiracy thriller series Rubicon will air on the tail end of the Breaking Bad season three finale this Sunday, and the network has released the first poster and trailer for the series to mark the event. Rubicon stars James Badge Dale (The Pacific) as “an analyst at a New York City think-tank who is thrown into a story where nothing is as it appears to be.” Henry Bromell was named showrfunner for the 13-episode first season.
It goes without saying that Breaking Bad and Mad Men comprise a fantastic track record for AMC original series; I may have very little idea what it’s actually about, but Rubicon is easily my most anticipated series of the summer. The trailer is appropriately enigmatic, and I am eager to see the sneak preview this Sunday (whatever it entails) in advance of its official (and too far removed from immediate) August 1 premiere. Check out the trailer and poster after the jump.