One of the best films I saw at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Martin McDonagh‘s (In Bruges) dark comedy Seven Psychopaths. The film centers on a screenwriter (Colin Farrell) suffering writer’s block, who then gets drawn into the mischief of his two dog-napping friends (Sam Rockwell and Christopher Walken) after they kidnap a pooch belonging to a psychotic gangster (Woody Harrelson). For more on the film that also stars Tom Waits, Zeljko Ivanek, Abbie Cornish, and Olga Kurylenko, here’s Matt’s review, seven clips, and all our previous coverage.
The day after the world premiere I sat down with Woody Harrelson for an exclusive interview. We talked about collaborating with Martin McDonagh and did he change any of the script, how he landed the role, how it was originally going to be played by Mickey Rourke, his desire to write more and direct a play in NYC, and he talked a little about The Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. Hit the jump to watch.
With Gary Ross’ non-return to direct the follow up of his blockbuster film, The Hunger Games, Lionsgate turned to a wish-list of directors that included David Cronenberg, Alfonso Cuaron and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. While those names were merely placeholders for a director with an arrow’s chance in Panem at getting the job (something we waxed poetic about in our recent podcast), two more names have cropped up that seem to have a bit more validity to them. Reportedly, some conversations have already taken place with directors Bennett Miller (Moneyball) and Francis Lawrence (Constantine) to helm the sequel, Catching Fire. Hit the jump for more on these potential candidates.
As I said many times in my review, Gary Ross‘ direction was the strongest element of The Hunger Games. But for Lionsgate, the movie’s ability to make a crazy amount of money was the strongest element of The Hunger Games. Now, THR is reporting that Ross and the studio are locked in tense negotiations over his return to direct the sequel, Catching Fire. Lead actors Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth are already signed for Catching Fire (and I imaging they’re also signed for the third installment, Mockingjay), but Ross doesn’t have a deal in place. He was paid $3 million for co-writing and directing the film plus 5 percent on the back-end. Unsurprisingly, he would like a raise on the sequel.
Hit the jump for more including why Catching Fire might not make its November 22, 2013 release date.