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Way back in May 2009, while doing the promotional rounds for his then-new movie, Terminator Salvation, Christian Bale revealed that he and a "director friend" were in talks to adapt a novel by J.G. Ballard — who Bale actually played as a boy in Steven Spielberg's 1987 movie adaptation of Ballard's autobiographical novel Empire of the Sun. Who that friend was and which one of Ballard's novels Bale was referring to remained a mystery until Brad Anderson revealed earlier this year that he was the director in question and that the novel was Ballard's Concrete Island, the screen adaptation of which would be written by Scott Kosar, completing the Anderson-Bale-Kosar triumvirate behind The Machinist.
Even after Anderson's "reveal," it was unclear whether the project had financial backing or if Bale was actually attached as the lead, but it now appears as if the movie is a "go" as Filmax International recently updated »
- BrentJS Sprecher
Some early details are developing on the sci-fi thriller Concrete Island. Director Brad Anderson (The Machinist) will reteam with Christian Bale on this project. Set in the year 2020, a wealthy architect veers off of a highway west of London. His Jaguar along with himself are then trapped on a concrete barrier along with several others. The film turns into an adult version of Lord of the Flies as the characters fight for the few dwindling resources available.
This project is being developed by Filmax International. As well, this title is based on J. G. Ballard's novel of the same name and some of the details above are based on this text. Take a look at other early details for Concrete Island below.
Director: Brad Anderson.
Cast: Christian Bale.
*filming has not begun.
**the novel was released in 1974.
***the novel is possibly influenced by another novel, »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
While Kathryn Bigelow is readying her Osama Bin Laden movie, director John Stockwell (Turistas, Into the Blue) is working on his own Bin Laden film, called "Code Name Geronimo." Over at the Afm, there is a poster for Stockwell's new project, along with a poster for Brad Anderson's "Concrete Island," which will re-team the "Machinist" director with Christian Bale and writer Scott Kosar. Check out both posters below. Code Name Geronimo: Based on the military incursion into Bin Laden's compound from the perspective of a small contingent of Navy Seals. The film takes a look inside their lives as tensions rise between them until they learn the identity of their latest target, whose code name is Geronimo. Concrete Island: An this adaptation of Jg Ballard's novel. The story revolves around Robert Maitland (Bale), a wealthy architect, who finds himself stranded in a man-made "island" (a section of »
Get ready to start your Afm morning coverage with a smile as we bring with us some very good news regarding the new flick from Brad Anderson, Concrete Island! Oh, and we even have some early sales art, too!
Filmax International, the company behind Sleep Tight and the [Rec] franchise, will be producing the film which reunites Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist, Session 9, The Vanishing on 7th Street) with The Machinist star Christian Bale on the adaptation of the best selling novel by J.G. Ballard.
Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Crazies, Amityville Horror, The Machinist) will pen the screenplay that's described as "a twisted adaptation of Robinson Crusoe," where the story's protagonist, Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect, finds himself stranded in a manmade 'island' (a section of fenced-off wasteland in the middle of a motorway intersection) between the Westway and M4 Motorway in West London, forced to survive on »
- Uncle Creepy
We've learned that Filmax International, the company behind Sleep Tight and the [Rec] franchise, is will be producing Concrete Island. The big news is that Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist, Session 9, The Vanishing on 7th Street) is set to reteam with The Machinist star Christian Bale on the adaptation of the best selling novel by J.G. Ballard. Scott Kosar (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) will pen the screenplay that's described as a twisted adaptation of "Robinson Crusoe," where the story's protagonist, Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect, finds himself stranded in a manmade 'island' (a section of fenced-off wasteland in the middle of a motorway intersection) between the Westway and M4 Motorway in West London, forced to survive on only what is in his crashed Jaguar and what he is able to find. »
Another piece of art spotted at the American Film Market today... Concrete Island , an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's novel, tells an urban Robinson Crusoe story, wherein Bales' character crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in a weedy lot, injured, and can't escape, trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis. The film will bring back The Machinist team: Brad Anderson directs, Christian Bale stars and Scott Kosar pens the adaptation. »
Earlier this year it was revealed that Christian Bale was planning a reunion with the writing and directing duo of Brad Anderson and Scott Kosar from 2003's "The Machinist," for an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's urban thriller "Concrete Island." While the project doesn't seem to be any closer to realization, TwitchFilm has now uncovered the first sales poster for the film, a dystopia-set urban thriller which already promises to boast another of the sort of physically and mentally challenging roles that Bale has almost become synonymous with. Described as a twisted, unfilmable adaptation of the Robinson Crusoe castaway survival story,… »
Ryan Kwanten has said that he and director Scott Kosar will present their own interpretation of cult leader Charles Manson in their upcoming Manson family biopic. Kwanten will play Manson in the film, which Kosar is adapting from his own script. The actor previously admitted that the role will be a challenge. Asked about playing a real-life person, Kwanten told Metro: "I've done it before but it's like anything in life - you have to prepare and do your research. "With Manson there's so (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
The horror remakes of Platinum Dunes get Matt into an argument with a pale apparition. And then things get really weird…
I'd just finished my column and I was basking in my own genius. It was one of my best, '18 fart noises that are better than anything Platinum Dunes have ever done'. I ran through the probable outcomes in my mind: book deal, offers from newspapers, the respect of my peers and a brief lull in the torrent of abuse from the angry, jealous public.
Granted, I'd never had any of those things previously, but this was definitely the one. This one smelled of success, and success has a musk that hits you right in the back of the throat. Mmm, mmm.
Normally, after I've crafted a masterwork, I like to have a shower so that I can lather myself up. Just some special me time with a loofa and bottle of Imperial Leather. »
Christian Bale will star in the drama "Concrete Island," based on J.G. Ballard's 1974 novel.According to Variety, Brad Anderson ("Transsiberian" and the upcoming "Vanishing on Seventh Street") is attached to direct.Scott Kosar is adapting the script which centers on a wealthy architect who finds himself stranded in a section of fenced-off wasteland in West London. All he has to survive on is what he can find in his crashed car. He eventually finds companions on the island and decides to stay and renounce his former life.Bale, Anderson and Kosar collaborated on "The Machinist" in 2004.Barcelona-based Filmax International's Antonio Nava and Carlos Fernandez are producing.Bale is about to reprise his role as Batman in Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises." »
- Adnan Tezer
Reunite, exactly! We’re sure you already know that they previously worked together on 2004 psychological thriller The Machinist, right?
Here’s how director Anderson described the whole thing:
“The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban Robinson Crusoe story – a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis.
It’s sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian’s on board to do that when we can fit it into his schedule, of course.”
He is likely to win an Oscar at the end of the month for his turn as Dickie Eklund in The Fighter but Christian Bale is still planning to abuse his body for the sake of his art. He is currently in the process of getting himself back into shape again for The Dark Knight Rises, but it’s becoming clear that he plans to drop an unhealthy amount of weight soon after for a starring role in the film Concrete Island.
The picture would reunite Bale with director Brad Anderson and writer Scott Kosar who all collaborated together on The Machinist, a movie that Bale went crazily thin for and I can just imagine the look on the method man’s face as he realised the physical implications of the story, as said by Anderson to Styd:
“The best way to describe it is it’s like an urban »
- Laurent Kelly
The last time Christian Bale, director Brad Anderson and writer Scott Kosar got together, it was moider! Okay, no, it wasn’t. But that triple-headed collaboration did bring us The Machinist. And now it looks like the three could be reuniting for an adaptation of Jg Ballard’s Concrete Island. Talking with the team at Shock ‘Till You Drop, Anderson revealed his intention to get the movie made, admitting that, "It's sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian's on board to do that when we can fit it into his schedule, of course."Concrete Island is Ballard’s twisted take on Robinson Crusoe, one that sees wealthy architect Robert Maitland crashing off a motorway overpass in London on to a fenced-off wasteland squatting largely unnoticed in the big city. When he realises he’s both injured and effectively cut off, he starts having to survive on whatever »
The Playlist are reporting that Academy Award nominated actor Christian Bale is set to reunite with the director of The Machinist, Brad Anderson, for a new movie based on the novel Concrete Island by Jg Ballard.
Apparently the role will need Bale to prepare his body, as is fast becoming his trademark (ie. losing drastic amounts of weight), for the part.
Anderson explained: “I’ve got another project that Scott Kosar, the writer of ‘The Machinist’ is writing,” Anderson revealed to WeGotThisCovered. “It’s based on J.G. Ballard’s novel called ‘Concrete Island.’ It’s an urban survival story that Christian Bale is attached to be in.”
The blog says that the story ‘follows the story of a wealthy architect who finds himself trapped in a man-made island between two West London motorways with only the contents of his car in his possession. What transpires is the degradation of his »
- Paul Heath
As confirmed by both ShockTillYouDrop and a We Got This Covered Brad Anderson, taught us that Christian Bale will be working on Concrete Island. The Machinist and The Crazies writer Scott Kosar is adapting.
Anderson (Session 9) who is now promoting his new film Vanishing on 7th Street, finishing in September, revealed the script will be based of a novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard (a twisted adaptation of “Robinson Crusoe”, in fact), which is centered on a man named Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect who ends up stranded on a man-made island with his only resources being what he came to the island with. There was no word on how different the screenplay would be versus the novel.
Hopefully we can get that one going soon, too, but that depends on Christian’s schedule. He’s had quite a year, you know,”
Before began his film career, »
- Nikola Mraovic
Few actors are as physically dedicated to their craft as Christian Bale. I mean, you've seen the man, haven't you? He's gone from sickly thin in "The Machinist" to total beefcake in Chris Nolan's "Batman" movies, and there and back again numerous times.
With that kind of weight fluctuation, you would think Bale might be tired of those physical demands. Not necessarily, it seems, certainly not enough to get Bale away from some of his past collaborators. Like Brad Anderson, for instance; Bale worked with the filmmaker previously on "The Machinist," which saw the Oscar-nominated star's weight plummet to an astonishing 120 pounds. Doubtful that he's going to get that low again, but he is nonetheless reuniting with Anderson on a new project that could take its toll: a little film called "Concrete Island."
We Got This Covered and Shock Till You Drop both spoke with the director about his plans for "Concrete Island, »
- Josh Wigler
Brad Anderson's most recent film is Vanishing on 7th Street, but he's best known for two other films: the abandoned mental hospital ghost story Session 9, and The Machinist, in which Christian Bale wastes away into madness before our very eyes. (He also directed a couple episodes of The Wire and several of Fringe, among other things.) Because of Christian Bale, The Machinist is probably his most-seen film. So what say you to a new film that once again brings together the director with Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist, and Christian Bale? How about if the script is an adaptation of Concrete Island, a novel by the peerless author J.G. Ballard? The director told WeGotThisCovered , I’ve got another project that Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist is writing. It’s based on J.G. Ballard’s novel called Concrete Island. It’s an urban survival story »
- Russ Fischer
Christian Bale is expected to undergo another dramatic weight loss for his role in 'Concrete Island'. The British actor will once again transform his appearance when he takes on the part of Robert Maitland, a wealthy architect who crashes his Jaguar on a manmade concrete island, surrounded by a motorway and has to survive on the contents of his car and anything else he can find in the psychological thriller. Director Brad Anderson said: "I've got another project that Scott Kosar, the writer of 'The Machinist' is writing. It's based on J.G. Ballard's novel called 'Concrete Island'. It's an urban survival story that Christian Bale is attached to be in." The 37-year-old hunk famously ate just a can of tuna and an apple a day in 2004 to drops 60lbs for his role in 'The Machinist' and more recently lost weight to accurately portray welterweight boxer »
- Paul R. Nicholson
While he is set to take home the Best Supporting Actor Oscar this year for The Fighter, Christian Bale is keeping busy. Currently filming Yimou Zhang‘s The 13 Women of Nanjing, he will jump right on to Christoper Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises, and then possibly The Dark Tower. When he has some time in his schedule, it was revealed today he may re-team with the writer & director that gave him one of his most memorable roles.
We Got This Covered spoke with Brad Anderson for Vanishing on 7th Street, and the director unveiled an upcoming project that could turn into a Machinist reunion. For that 2004 psychological thriller, Bale lost 62 pounds by only consuming one cup of coffee, an apple, and a can of tuna each day. This new project is an adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel Concrete Island and would see the return of Scott Kosar for script duties, »
- Jordan Raup
In an interview with Shock Till You Drop Brad Anderson, director of The Machinist, broke the news that he will be working on an adaptation of the J.G. Ballard novel “Concrete Island” – a book Cole recently dreamcast and wrote about for Print to Projector. Fans of The Machinist should take special note of this because not only will he be re-teaming with the writer of that film, Scott Kosar, to get together the script, but he also says that he will once again be looking to Christian Bale for a star. Anderson describes the upcoming film as “ … like an urban Robinson Crusoe story. A guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can’t escape, and he’s basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban metropolis.” In regards to Bale, Anderson said, “Christian’s on board to do that, when »
- Nathan Adams
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