One of the more interesting movies I saw at this year’s 2013 Sundance Film Festival was director David Gordon Green’s Prince Avalanche. One might think that a movie from the director of Pineapple Express and starring Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch would be a big, brash, laugh-a-minute comedy, but Prince Avalanche is a surprisingly subdued and touching dramedy that consists of only 4 characters and takes place entirely in the woods.
While at Sundance promoting the film, Green recently participated in a couple of interviews where he dropped some interesting information about upcoming projects. In addition to revealing that his horror remake Suspiria is stuck in legal woes at the moment, Green said that he wants to do three more Prince Avalanche remakes in the future. Hit the jump for more.
Worldwide Entertainment announced today that they will finance and produce director David Gordon Green’s (Pineapple Express) gritty, southern drama Joe. Moreover, Nicolas Cage has been cast in the lead role of Joe, an ex-con who “becomes the unlikeliest of role models to 15 year old Gary Jones, the oldest child of a homeless family ruled by a drunk, worthless father.” The story takes place in small town Mississippi and is based on the book of the same name by Larry Brown. Green’s Eastbound and Down cohorts Danny McBride and Jody Hill will executive produce the adaptation.
Hit the jump for more, including an update on Green’s Suspiria remake.
A few casting updates, hot off the press:
- The Hunger Games competitor Isabelle Fuhrman will star in David Gordon Green‘s Suspiria remake
- Oliver Cooper will follow up Project X, his feature debut, with a role opposite Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake in Runner Runner
- Frank Grillo will re-team with his Warrior co-star Joel Edgerton on the SEAL team that hunted down in Osama bin Laden in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled drama
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Director David Gordon Green’s remake of the 1977 horror film Suspiria is finally set to get underway later this year. The Pineapple Express director has been talking about the project for years now, with a previous start date planned for 2010 after he finished Your Highness. Obviously that didn’t happen, and Green instead chose to shoot the comedy The Sitter with Jonah Hill. Now Crime Scene Pictures announced today that they will produce and finance Suspiria, with filming set to begin in September.
Dario Argento’s original Suspiria centered on a young America student who travels to Europe to attend a world renowned school, but after a fellow student is brutally murdered and other ominous homicides occur, she begins to suspect that the school is a front for something much more sinister. Argento’s iteration took place at a dance academy, but it’s unknown if Green will be keeping that aspect of the pic. The press release notes that Green will “brilliantly update the world,” so make of that what you will. Casting is currently underway for the lead role of Suzie. Hit the jump to read the press release and to watch the truly terrifying trailer for the original film.
David Gordon Green has proven to be a prolific director over the past couple of years and like most prolific directors, he always seems to have a couple of projects that are always “in development”. One of these projects was a remake of Dario Argento’s classic 1977 horror film, “Suspiria”. As much as I love Green’s work this was the one film of his which I was hoping would somehow get stuck in development hell and never make it to the screen. It now looks like this has sadly not happened since we now know that the film aims to begin shooting next year. You can read some more details when you click on the jump.