The gangster drama Killing Them Softly, adapted from the George V. Higgins novel Cogan’s Trade, tells the story of Frankie (Scott McNairy), a broke young crook who’s fresh out of jail, and Russell (Ben Mendelsohn), an Australian junkie who makes a living stealing dogs, who are recruited to steal from a mob-protected card game that’s run by Markie (Ray Liotta). But, even though their plan seems foolproof, the mob feels otherwise and brings in seasoned enforcer Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) to send a message. From writer/director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), the film also stars James Gandolfini, Richard Jenkins, Sam Shepard and Vincent Curatola.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Andrew Dominik talked about what he most connected with in this story, how he approached adapting it for the screen, why he wanted Brad Pitt for the film, how easy this impressive cast was to assemble, his approach to the violence, deleted scenes, the test screening process, and film versus digital. He also talked about his desire to make Blonde, about the life of Marilyn Monroe, his next film with Naomi Watts in the lead role. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
One of my favorite cinematographers is Roger Deakins. If you look over his amazing resume, you’ll see he’s shot so many memorable films, you’d be hard pressed to have not seen at least a few of them. Some of the standouts include The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, No Country for Old Men, The Big Lebowski, The Shawshank Redemption, and True Grit. As you may have noticed by the titles I just listed, Deakins has a very close relationship with the Coen Brothers, as he shoots most of their movies.
The other day I got to do an exclusive phone interview with Deakins and we talked about a wide range of subjects: what kinds of cameras and lenses he likes to use, his relationship with the Coen brothers and how they work together, making True Grit, digital vs. film, his next movie Now which he shot digitally with the Arriflex Alexa (his first time using digital), his relationship with DreamWorks and his involvement on How to Train Your Dragon and the upcoming sequel, 3D, and when I asked him about what’s coming up next, he said, “I’ll probably do a film with Sam Mendes next.” When I asked him if that meant he was shooting Bond 23, he said, “it might, yeah.”
If you’re interested in cinematography, or just a fan of Deakins work, hit the jump to either read or listen to our conversation:
We previously reported that Sam Rockwell may be joining Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the crime novel Cogan’s Trade. Deadline is now confirming that Rockwell is on board and will join Brad Pitt in the film. With Casey Affleck also rumored to be joining the project, it looks like Dominik is getting his Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Ford gang back together. Someone should call up Jeremy Renner, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Schneider, and the rest of that film’s stellar cast to see if they want to get in on this action.
Hopefully, the other names rumored along with Rockwell will also come on board. A movie directed by Dominik that starred Pitt, Rockwell, Affleck, as well as Javier Bardem, Mark Ruffalo, Bill Murray, Josh Brolin, and Zoe Saldana and has the plot of Cogan’s Trade would be at the top of my must-see list. Then again, it’s already near the top with Pitt and Rockwell. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the book.
by Ben Garman Posted: December 29th, 2010 at 10:53 am
With 2010 coming to a close, and the imminent arrival of an entirely fresh, unexplored, and unpredictable decade of cinema, what better time to start bombarding you with top ten lists of past highlights? We’ve done top ten posters, top ten trailers and top ten Christmas movies (and an alternate Christmas list for those who disagreed with the first).
This time: scores and soundtracks. There is a distinction between the two, but it’s murky, and as more and more films are using a mix of both original scores and pre-existing tracks, who are we to try to keep them separate? Hit the jump for more.
If Yogi Bear actually ended with this fake “alternate ending”, I would declare it the best film of 2010. It could have every lame slapstick joke in the book but as long as it ends with a reference to The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I’m happy. Hit the jump to check out this brilliant alternate ending from animator Edmund Earle who put this together in his spare time over the last two months.
Andrew Dominik, the Kiwi filmmaker responsible for the beautiful, Malick-esque Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, optioned the adaptation rights for George V. Higgins’ Boston crime novel Cogan’s Trade yesterday, confirming Casey Affleck’s teases last month that a reunion with his Jesse James director on a Boston-set book was gearing up. The film is rumored to go before cameras as early as January 2011, an unheard of turnaround considering the day-old purchase of the rights. It wouldn’t be the first time Dominik has adapted a written work on spec if that turns out to be the case though, as he employed the same strategy with Joyce Carol Oates’ Marilyn Monroe biography Blonde, with Naomi Watts attached to portray the iconic blonde bombshell. Whether one of his slated projects will interfere with the other’s start date remains to be seen.
Words from Casey Affleck on Cogan’s Trade, a synopsis of the novel, and my thoughts on its potential after the jump.
Tommy Lee Jones has signed up to star and direct Cormac McCarthy’s “The Sunset Limited”, which will also star Samuel L. Jackson, for HBO from a script adapted by McCarthy himself. Hollywood seems to be riding the Cormac McCarthy love train as of late with “No Country for Old Men”, “The Road”, and two other films based off of Comac McCarthy novels in the works. To find out which two adaptations those are and to know more about “The Sunset Limited” hit the jump.