Last weekend, Sony held a big press junket in New York City for director David Fincher‘s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and I got to participate in a great press conference with Fincher, Rooney Mara, and Daniel Craig. Click here if you missed it. As most of you know, Dragon Tattoo is the first in Stieg Larson’s Millennium trilogy and it centers on a disgraced journalist (Craig) who’s hired to investigate the mysterious 40-year-old disappearance of a young woman. Mara plays Lisbeth Salander, a brilliant young hacker who teams up with Craig.
Shortly after the press conference ended, I got to sit down with screenwriter Steven Zaillian for an exclusive interview. As a big fan of his previous work on American Gangster, Moneyball, Searching for Bobby Fischer (which he wrote and directed) and Schindler’s List (full resume here), I was excited to hear about his collaboration with David Fincher and also how he writes screenplays. In addition, we also talked about how he got involved in the project, how quickly it came together, the changes he made to make Dragon Tattoo work as a movie, the status of the sequels and how they might shoot them back to back, and he also revealed that he might be directing the remake of Timecrimes. Hit the jump to read or listen to the interview.
Steven Zaillian is having a very good year. One of the best screenwriters working today, Zaillian is responsible for films ranging from Schindler’s List to Gangs of New York. This year, two of Zaillian’s films are turning lots of heads: Moneyball and David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Steve is currently in New York for the Dragon Tattoo press junket and he got the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with the prolific scribe. While we’ll have the full interview up soon, we wanted to share a piece of news that the writer dropped. In addition to writing, Zaillian has also gotten in the director’s chair a few times (most recently with 2006’s All the King’s Men), and during the course of the interview Zaillian revealed that he’s hoping to direct an American remake of Timecrimes.
The original Spanish film was written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo. Released in 2007, the sci-fi pic centers on a man who relives half an hour of his life three times. Zaillain said that he owns the rights and he’s hoping to write and direct an English-language remake. Hit the jump to see what he had to say, including how his version would differ from Vigalondo’s film.
Oscar-winning scribe Steve Zaillian (Schindler’s List) will rewrite and produce the remake of 2007′s stellar sci-fi/thriller Timecrimes at DreamWorks. Originally the film was set up at United Artists with Zaillian producing. However, in addition to its move to DreamWorks, Deadline is reporting that Zaillian has also committed to rewrite Oscar-nominee Tim Sexton’s (Children of Men) early drafts.
For those of you who’ve yet to check out writer/director/co-star Nacho Vigalondo’s 2007 original, Los cronocrímenes, I would advise that you do so immediately as it’s truly one of the finest time-travel films I’ve ever seen. Briefly, the film tells the story of a man who repeatedly sends himself back in time so as to undo the events that lead to a terrible crime. Back to Zaillian, he has been a busy man of late having adapted The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for David Fincher and penned both the upcoming Brad Pitt baseball-flick Moneyball as well as the Martin Scorcese mob-film The Irishman.
Two teaser posters for Nacho Vigalondo’s Extraterrestre have landed online and, as far as I’m concerned, they look great. The film is Vigalondo’s feature-length writing/directing follow-up (he also wrote/directed the 2009 short Marisa) to a personal favorite of mine, 2007′s Timecrimes. While many particulars from the film are still unknown, based upon the posters, we can reasonably infer that an alien invasion is occurring at the worst possible time (if given the choice, I’d prefer an invasion occur sometime between breakfast and my afternoon block of Wife Swap): right as someone is falling in love.
Currently scheduled for a 2011 release, Extraterrestre stars Spanish actors Michelle Jenner, Carlos Areces, and Julian Villagran. To check out the posters (one of which is Space Invaders-inspired) as well as a short synopsis for the film, hit the jump.
Ever since the days Pay-Per-View, I’ve always thought that art house films should be able to come through a streaming cable-service. I love art house theatres but they’re so rare and have such a limited number of screens that it can be difficult to get true independent films (not small-budget films from an “indie” division of a major studio) in front of audiences.
But the day of indie films on-demand arrived and we are all the better for it. Magnolia/Magnet Pictutres has taken great advantage of this recent distribution channel to bring audiences movies that haven’t hit DVD and may not even be in a theatre near you. The first Six Shooter Film Series brought home audiences films like “Let the Right One In” and “Timecrimes” and this year they’re really bringing the thunder “Ong Bak 2″, Nicolas Winding Refn’s “Bronson”, John Woo’s “Red Cliff”, “District 13: Ultimatum”, and “The Warlords. The sixth bullet has yet to be chosen but Magnet is planning to work genre fans on making that choice. Make sure your digital cable is working and hit the jump for the full press release.
“Timecrimes” is a film that travels through time but doesn’t go any place new. We’ve seen the stories about the futility of correcting the past (raise your hand if you’ve tried to kill Hitler) and how our actions either A) spin wildly out of control; and/or B) were destined to happened anyway. The greatest strength of writer/director Nacho Vigalondo’s sci-fi flick is that it handles its themes well enough with a tight and interesting time-travel flick. Its greatest weakness (aside from traveling already well-time-traveled ground) is that the devotion to its ideas strangles most of the character out of the film and the lead actor fails to craft a compelling performance.