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Mark Romanek Taking On Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go

6 December 2008 1:44 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Music video director Mark Romanek's only actual feature films are Static and One Hour Photo, the latter of which came out in 2002. At one point, Romanek (seen above) was signed on to helm The Wolf Man remake, but eventually dropped out due to reported "creative differences." Now he's apparently found his next project, as first reported by SlashFilm and later confirmed by Ain't It Cool News, an adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's sci-fi novel titled Never Let Me Go. "My experience on The Wolf Man confirmed for me that I need to be making smaller, more personal films, working with like-minded people, who will provide me with a greater degree of creative autonomy," Romanek admitted to AICN. Ishiguro described it to Romanek as "our world, but seen through a distorted filter." Never Let Me Go is an alternate history piece, more of a "what if" story, and a very »

- Alex Billington

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Mark Romanek Finally Nabs a New Gig

4 December 2008 3:32 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

One of the most disappointing pieces of news this year was that Mark Romanek was dropping out of The Wolf Man. While I was never too fond of One Hour Photo, this is the man who brought us videos like "Closer," "Rain," "Cochise," "Criminal," and even that heart-breaking Johnny Cash cover of "Hurt." (Just seeing June look at him in that -- so powerful.)

Now, finally, he's picked up a new gig -- almost a full year later. /film posts that Production Weekly has reported that Romanek has signed on to helm a film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go. Named a best novel by Time magazine, the book focuses on a woman who begins to remember her time at a private school as a few of her old friends come back into her life. "But she describes other scenes as well: of discord and misunderstanding that »

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Romanek To Direct Never Let Me Go

2 December 2008 10:29 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It's been a while since Mark Romanek's One Hour Photo in 2002, and since he walked away from The Wolf Man, it began to look like he'd continue to spend all his time on ads and music videos. But no longer: Romanek has reportedly signed on to direct the film adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go, from a script by Alex Garland.The story takes place in a world slightly but subtly different from our own, where 31 year-old Kathy recounts her past at the seemingly idyllic Hailsham School, at the same time that she reconnects with two friends from that time, Ruth and Tommy. It gradually becomes clear, however, that Hailsham was not all it initially appears, and that its secrets have implications from the lives of Kathy and her friends now.Ishiguro also wrote The Remains of the Day, and this novel won similar levels of acclaim. »

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Mark Romanek to Adapt Never Let Me Go

2 December 2008 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mark Romanek has signed on to direct a big screen adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go. According to Production Weekly, Beach author and 28 Days Later/Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland penned the adaptation. Romanek is probably best known for his music video work. He directed the video for Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream” in 1995, a sci-fi themed video which won the 1996 Grammy for Best Music Video, and to date, is still the most expensive music video ever produced ($7 million). His other videos include Closer for Nine Inch Nails, Criminal for Fiona Apple, Devil’s Haircut for Beck, and Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt”. In [...] »

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