Nicolas Winding Refn Teams with ‘James Bond’ Writers for Asian-Set Thriller

     January 29, 2016


Earlier in the decade, it seemed like Nicolas Winding Refn was poised to breakout big following the success of Drive, and his name was connected to a remake of Logan’s Run and he even had a pitch for Wonder Woman. However, while we’re still waiting for Refn’s career to explode, he’s found some partners for an untitled upcoming project.

According to Deadline, Refn will team James Bond scribes Neil Purvis and Robert Wade for a movie that has an “Asian setting with both thriller and action elements.” There are no plot details beyond that, but it’s possible this could be for The Avenging Silence, a film Refn has been kicking around for years. There still isn’t much in the way of specifics other than what Refn told us about the protagonist, who’s in the mold of the main character from Drive, Valhalla Rising, and Only God Forgives. He also said that the movie was “about the future.”

While an indie auteur like Refn teaming with commercial guys like Purvis and Wade for his new movie may seem like an odd pairing, the trio previously worked together on Refn’s TV adaptation of Barbarella, which is set up at Amazon Studios. However, that has yet to air, so we don’t know how the sensibilities of these three guys looks like.

At least when it comes to Refn, we’ll be getting a look at his new work soon. His latest film, The Neon Demon, is set to open later this year (no release date has been announced, but I’m expecting it to debut at the Cannes Film Festival). The film revolves around an aspiring model (Elle Fanning) moving to Los Angeles where “her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will take any means necessary to get what she has.”


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