Nicolas Winding Refn Says He’s Working on Tokyo-Set Spy Film, THE AVENGING SILENCE

     June 4, 2015

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Earlier this year, Nicolas Winding Refn finished work on his new film, The Neon Demon, and he has some more films cooking for his follow-up.

Steve recently spoke with the writer-director and asked about future projects. Here’s the full video:

 

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Back in 2013, Refn said he was working on Valhalla Rising sequel set in Tokyo. For those who haven’t seen the bizarre 2009 picture, Mads Mikkelsen stars as a mute warrior who is captured by Vikings, and eventually the story delves into the surreal. When talking about the Tokyo project, Refn said, “I had this idea of Mads Mikklesen to go back to the origins of this character. But make the movie in Tokyo.” As for why he chose Tokyo, he said the city was “a world onto itself” and only elaborated that the movie was “about the future.”

Speaking to Steve, Refn revealed that it’s a spy film titled The Avenging Silence, and it will probably be his next project, although he’s still deciding among the things he’s working on.

Refn also reiterated that it will be similar to Drive, Valhalla, and Only God Forgives, but specifically with regards to certain characters:

“Yeah, it’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character.”

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Like with all Refn projects, it sounds incredibly interesting, and I’m eager to see if he’ll move forward with this soon or if we’ll be getting another project.

Here’s the full transcript:


Now that you’ve wrapped on your movie, are you reading scripts? Are you writing? What are you working on in terms of future stuff?

NICOLAS WINDING REFN: Well, I would love to do a movie in Tokyo.

Okay. I would love to see this.

REFN: I think you will.

Will that be your next thing?

REFN: I think it probably will be. But I haven’t decided yet. There are some other things I’m working on. I like to prep many things and then I’ll decide what it is.

Lost in Translation is one of my favorite films. I love the city of Tokyo and watching it on screen, and I would love to see your look. Can I ask the genre you are exploring for that.

REFN: Well I would love to do like a spy movie something like that.

Is it something you’re writing?

REFN: [nods]

This is very exciting. Does it have a title?

REFN: It’s called “The Avenging Silence”.

Is it something you’ve been working on for a while?

REFN: Yeah, it’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character.


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