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4 items from 2016


Wheatley Confirms "Wages of Fear" Remake

29 April 2016 5:34 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

His stunning new film "High-Rise" hit VOD services yesterday, and now filmmaker Ben Wheatley has given an interview with Variety about the making of it and where he intends to go next.

Wheatley has made four theatrical releases so far, not including the movie-length Peter Capaldi "Doctor Who" episode which also hit cinemas in 2014. A fifth, the Boston 1970s gangland shootout film "Free Fire" starring Brie Larson and Armie Hammer, has already been completed and is aiming for release later this year.

Asked about what's next for him, he confirms his new take on the stone cold cinematic classic "The Wages of Fear" is the immediate next project:

"I'm writing the 'Wages of Fear' remake. It's terrifying because it's been done twice before, brilliantly. But that's also why it's interesting to me. We're making one of the central characters a woman, as well. It's trying to make those »

- Garth Franklin

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Rooney Mara Circles Mary Magdalene Biopic; Pope Francis Makes Film Debut; Asghar Farhadi Resumes New Feature

2 February 2016 12:13 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Being that some of us hold Rooney Mara as the closest thing to a modern-day Christ, it’s only fitting that she’d end up playing one of His closest compatriots. Or so her Lion director, Garth Davis, is hoping will be the case when it comes to a new biopic — described as “an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history” — handled by Universal and See-Saw Films. [Deadline]

Playwright Helen Edmundson and Philippa Goslett (Little Ashes) penned the screenplay; production will commence this summer and the film is expected to arrive in 2017.

Here’s another bit of news that will spark Christian interest: Pope Francis will soon stand as the first Pope to appear in a feature film — in this case, Beyond the Sun, “a family adventure based on the Gospels.” Ambi Pictures are financing and producing, while Graciela Rodriguez is helming »

- Nick Newman

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High-Rise Director Ben Wheatley Eyes Female-Centric Cast For The Wages Of Fear

29 January 2016 10:00 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

In doing the press rounds for soon-to-be-released thriller High-Rise, prolific British filmmaker Ben Wheatley has already set sights on his next project, The Wages of Fear.

Less a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot’s 1950s epic and more a reinterpretation of the seminal novel by Georges Arnaud, word of Wheatley’s new feature film comes by way of Empire, who spoke to the acclaimed director about his vision for The Wages of Fear.

Situated in the Cradle of Life, Wheatley revealed that he’s building the movie around a female-centric cast. In Arnaud’s original, the story centered on a group of resilient European men who, upon being hired by an American conglomerate, drive two trucks loaded with nitroglycerine cross-country in order to put out a fire – one that’s wreaking havoc on a precious Mexican oil well.

How exactly Wheatley plans to rework The Wages of Fear is still up for question, »

- Michael Briers

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Criterion Picks on Fandor: Before the Remake

19 January 2016 9:33 AM, PST | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Each week, the fine folks at Fandor add a number of films to their Criterion Picks area, which will then be available to subscribers for the following twelve days. This week, the Criterion Picks focus on eight films from the Criterion Collection that were later remade.

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The Blob, the Horror film by Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.

A cult classic of gooey greatness, The Blob follows the havoc wreaked on a small town by an outer-space monster with neither soul nor vertebrae, with Steve McQueen playing the rebel teen who tries to warn the residents about the jellylike invader.

The Hidden Fortress, the Japanese Action/Adventure film by Akira Kurosawa

This rip-roaring ride is among the director’s most beloved films and was a primary influence on George LucasStar Wars. The Hidden Fortress delivers Kurosawa’s trademark deft blend of wry humor, »

- Ryan Gallagher

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