Tom Hardy and Steven Knight Reteam for FX Series TABOO; Ridley Scott Will Executive Produce

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Steven Knight‘s Locke is one of the best films you probably haven’t seen this year, and now the writer-director is set to reteam with star Tom Hardy for the new FX series Taboo.  Hardy will executive produce alongside Ridley Scott on the show, which is based on an original story by Hardy and his father, Chips Hardy.  The series is set in 1813, and stars Hardy as James Keziah Delaney, “a rogue adventurer who returns from Africa with 14 ill-gotten diamonds to seek vengeance after the death of his father.  Refusing to sell the family business to the East India Company, he sets out to build his own trade and shipping empire and finds himself playing a very dangerous game.”  That sounds cool, but this project already had me at bringing Knight and Hardy back together.

Production on the eight-episode first season will begin in mid-to-late 2015 in the U.K., and is tentatively set to premiere in mid-2016.  Yes, it’s a while a way (not surprising given Hardy’s busy schedule), but if Locke is any indication, it will be worth the wait.  Hit the jump for the press release.

WORLD WAR Z Sequel Taps Writer Steven Knight

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It’s been the better part of a year since last we reported on Paramount’s planned World War Z sequel.  Then, it was to tell you that Juan Antonio Bayona was attached to direct; now it’s to let you know that Steven Knight has been tapped to pen the script, with Brad Pitt set to return.  Plot details are still under wraps, but one would assume the sequel would continue the events inspired by the Max Brooks novel.  This screenwriting news comes about two months after word that Pitt may star in a World War II-era film written by Knight.  While it’s a no-brainer that Paramount wants a follow-up to their half-a-billion-dollar earner (the highest of Pitt’s career), it’s a bit surprising that Knight landed the writing job.  Hit the jump for more.

Tom Hardy and Director Steven Knight Talk LOCKE, BMW’s Generosity, Low Loaders, SPLINTER CELL and More

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Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke, a successful building site manager and dedicated family man.  The night before one of the biggest concrete pours of his career, Ivan learns that a woman he once slept with is about to have to his baby.  Determined to be there for the birth, Ivan spends the night driving to the hospital, switching from phone call to phone call trying to keep the soon-to-be mother calm, walk his second-in-command through the preparation process for the big pour and attempt to keep his marriage afloat, and every single bit of it takes place in a single location – Ivan’s car.

To match Locke’s unconventional setting, writer-director Steven Knight used an unconventional filming method for the shoot; he shot the material in full twice each night and then edited the best parts together.  With Locke due for release this weekend, both Knight and Hardy sat down in New York City with Collider to discuss the pros and cons of running with such a technique, including securing the right car, how Knight gave Hardy and his voice-only co-stars notes throughout the shoot and more.  Catch the details on the making of Locke as well as an update on the adaptation of Splinter Cell after the jump.

LOCKE Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.  Locke opens today in limited release.]

When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise. It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story. But restrictions can also spur creativity and yield unexpected results. Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone. Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.

Writer/Director Steven Knight Talks LOCKE, Keeping a Film Set Entirely Inside a Car Engaging, Casting Tom Hardy, PAWN SACRIFICE, TABOO, and More

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Written and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Steven Knight and driven by an unforgettable performance by Tom Hardy, Locke is an exploration of how one decision can lead to the complete collapse of a life.  On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan Locke (Hardy) receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job and soul even as he fights to salvage all that is important to him.  Opening April 25th, the film also features Olivia Colman, Ruth Wilson and Andrew Scott.

In an exclusive interview, Knight spoke about wanting to direct a film where all the action takes place over the course of one absolutely riveting car ride, what Hardy brought to the unusual role, what inspires their continued collaboration, how the entire film was shot at night within a short two-week window, how he sustained the pace and kept it visually dynamic while the main character’s life was unraveling in real time, and his cool upcoming projects including The Hundred-Foot Journey with Helen Mirren, Pawn Sacrifice with Tobey Maguire, a second season of the Peaky Blinders gangster series, and Taboo, an 8-episode drama for the BBC executive produced by Ridley Scott.  Check out the full interview after the jump:

Tom Hardy to Star in BBC Miniseries, TABOO

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When he’s not putting on a mask and taking on the Batman, we don’t hear too much about Tom Hardy stateside.  That’s unfortunate, because he continues to churn out incredible work.  His latest feature film effort, Locke, which opens here on April 25th, was written and directed by Steven Knight.  Knight is also the creator of the early 20th century gangster series Peaky Blinders, which just added Hardy in a second season role.  See the pattern yet?  Well, Knight also provided the pen behind Taboo, an eight-episode drama series for the BBC that has Hardy attached to star.  Hit the jump for more on the Taboo miniseries.

Brad Pitt Can’t Get Enough of World War II Movies; Might Star in Untitled WWII Film from EASTERN PROMISES Screenwriter

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I’d be curious to find out if Brad Pitt has a particular connection to World War II because he might be starring in a third film that takes place in that setting.  In 2010, he starred in Inglourious Basterds; this year, he’ll be leading David Ayer‘s WWII tank film Fury; and now he might have an untitled romantic thriller in the cards.  According to Deadline, Pitt is circling an untitled WWII movie written by Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).  Additionally, Deadline is hearing “it’s serious and that a big director will be set with an eye toward starting production early next year.”

Keep in mind that Pitt is always in demand, which means he has the power to be very selective in his projects.  He’s being eyed for Go Like Hell, he could do Pontius Pilate, and then the big one is a sequel to World War Z, which is the most likely contender since he’s also a producer on that film.  It will be interesting to see what he takes as his follow-up to Fury, which opens on November 14th.

New Trailer, Images, and Poster for LOCKE Starring Tom Hardy

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A24 Films has released the U.S. trailer for writer/director Steven Knight’s thriller Locke.  The film stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, a man driving to London in the middle of the night to take responsibility for a mistake he made, and as a consequence, trying to handle the personal and professional reverberations of his decision. All of the action of the film takes place within the confines of the car during Locke’s drive, which is quite a tricky conceit to keep compelling for the length of a feature film.  By all accounts, though, Knight has succeeded, as Matt called the film “surprisingly captivating” in his review.  This trailer showcases the immense amount of pressure that Locke is under as well as Hardy’s intense performance, and it certainly looks to be engaging stuff.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer, images, and poster.  Locke opens on April 25th.

Sundance 2014: LOCKE Review

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When a film is executed under a series of conditions, it can feel like an exercise.  It can come off like a director running a test rather than telling a story.  But we also know that restrictions can spur creativity and yield unexpected results.  Steven Knight’s Locke sets its conditions: a story told in real time where the protagonist is stuck behind the wheel of a constantly moving car, he’s the only character on screen, and he only talks to other characters over the phone.  Under these conditions, Knight and star Tom Hardy have created a surprisingly captivating picture where adultery and concrete maintenance carry the same dramatic weight.

Chloe Grace Moretz to Star in Sacha Gervasi’s NOVEMBER CRIMINALS

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With her latest film Carrie arriving in theaters shortly, Chloe Grace Moretz is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.  The Wrap reports that the actress has signed on to star in the adaptation of the Sam Munson novel November Criminals, which Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil) has rewritten and will direct.  The story takes place in Washington D.C. and revolves around a rebellious teenager who takes it upon himself to lead the investigation into the murder of a classmate.  Moretz will play the female lead role of Phoebe, and Gervasi is currently in the process of casting the male lead.

Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the script, and November Criminals will mark Gervasi’s second narrative feature film as a director after last year’s Hitchcock.  Moretz recently wrapped a role in Lynn Shelton’s Laggies and another opposite Denzel Washington in The Equalizer.  The actress is currently filming Dark Places with Charlize Theron.  Hit the jump for a synopsis of November Criminals.

CLOSED CIRCUIT Review

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Sometimes a film perfectly fits into current events.  The filmmakers can perhaps glean the zeitgeist, but there’s no way of knowing that the release of the finished product will coincide with the day’s headlines.  John Crowley‘s Closed Circuit could clearly see the privacy-versus-security argument through the Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV) that dominate London.  Someone is always watching, and that’s supposed to lower crime, but it can also be seen as a way of seeing every citizen as a potential criminal or victim.  Crowley and screenwriter Steven Knight couldn’t have known that someone like Edward Snowden would come forward and reveal a massive surveillance program being conducted by the NSA and CIA.  They also couldn’t know that the partner of the journalist who assisted Snowden would be detained at the airport by British authorities several months later.  With Closed Circuit, Crowley hasn’t just made a tense, mature thriller, but one where the story’s immediacy is felt throughout.

First Clip from Steven Knight’s LOCKE Starring Tom Hardy

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The first clip has been released for Steven Knight‘s (Redemption) upcoming film, Locke.  The real-time thriller stars Tom Hardy as Ivan Locke, “a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.”  It sounds like a gripping, intense picture, but that doesn’t really come across in this clip.  It has nice cinematography, but the clip involves Locke asking to have an important discussion regarding concrete.  There’s a bit of intrigue on the other end of the line, but it’s barely there.  However, it’s sometimes better to obfuscate, and I’ll be eager to hear the word on the movie when it debuts at the Venice Film Festival on September 2nd.

Hit the jump to check out the clip along with a statement about the picture from Knight.

Trailer for HUMMINGBIRD Starring Jason Statham

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A trailer has been released for Steven Knight‘s Hummingbird.  The film stars Jason Statham as “Joey, ex-special forces soldier who winds up homeless after going on the run from a court marshal. Joey then steals another man’s identity and befriends a nun (Agata Buzek).”  It’s become increasingly easy to write off Statham’s movies because he basically plays the same character: The Guy You Don’t Hunt or Betray or Else He’ll Kick Your Ass.  However, this trailer for Hummingbird looks surprisingly dramatic, and while I can’t help but giggle at Statham’s long-hair wig, Knight’s film could be a more than welcome change of pace for the actor.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Hummingbird opens in the UK on May 17th.

Tom Hardy to Star in Steven Knight’s Real-Time Thriller LOCKE

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Tom Hardy is set to lead the real-time thriller, Locke.  Written and directed by Steven Knight (writer of Eastern Promises), the 90-minute film “follows a man on the road to success who must race to save his life from unraveling after he receives a mysterious phone call.”  The greatest of all real-time thrillers is High Noon (it’s a western, but it’s also a thriller), but recent attempts like Nick of Time and Phone Booth have never really lived up to their hook.  At the very least, Locke has a compelling actor with Hardy, so hopefully Locke will be able to live up to the potential of its premise.

According to Screen Daily, filming begins later this month in London.  Hardy recently signed on to co-star with Noomi Rapace in both Child 44 and an adaptation of Dennis Lehane‘s Animal Rescue.  Since shooting begins soon on Locke, Hardy should still be able to do his films with Rapace.

Focus Films Reneges on EASTERN PROMISES 2

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As recently as June, we posted that David Cronenberg was returning to direct Eastern Promises 2, starring Viggo Mortensen and possibly Vincent Cassel.  While things looked to be moving ahead in a positive direction only a short while ago, the production has taken a turn for the worse (or better if you weren’t looking forward to the sequel).  Apparently, the decision has come down from the Focus Features studio to scrap the project, even though production was scheduled to begin in October.  Hit the jump to hear the explanation on the about face from Cronenberg himself. 

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