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Deadline is reporting that acclaimed British filmmaker Ben Wheatley is set to direct a remake of the classic 1953 thriller The Wages of Fear, which he’ll also co-write with his wife and regular collaborator Amy Jump.
Based on Georges Arnaud’s novel Le salaire de la peur, the film was previously remade by William Friedkin with 1977’s Sorcerer, and revolves around a group of desperate men hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle.
Wheatley’s previous films include Kill List, Sightseers, A Field in England and the upcoming High Rise, while his next project is the Martin Scorsese-produced Free Fire, which is set to feature the likes of Brie Larson, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Sharlto Copley, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley, Noah Taylor, Enzo Cilenti and Michael Smiley.
- Gary Collinson
Today's roundup opens with Jonathan Rosenbaum on Edward Yang and Béla Tarr. Then it's Terrence Rafferty on Satyajit Ray, Jordan Cronk on Natto Wada, wife and collaborator of Kon Ichikawa, an interview with Frederick Wiseman and an assessment of the career of Todd Haynes. Plus: Richard Linklater's Everybody Wants Some will see its world premiere in March when it opens SXSW 2016. Meantime, Ben Wheatley's in talks to co-write and direct a remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's The Wages of Fear, and we link to the online premiere of We'll Find Something, directed by Upstream Color producer Casey Gooden and starring Amy Seimetz and Shane Carruth. » - David Hudson »
Director Ben Wheatley is in negotiations to write and direct a remake of the thriller “The Wages of Fear” with TF1 and eOne. The original 1953 film directed by Henri-Georges Clouzot told the story about “a group of desperate men hired to transport a shipment of highly explosive nitroglycerin across the jungle.”
Wheatley’s latest film, “Free Fire” was purchased by Alchemy for an astounding $3million at last week’s American Film Market. The cast includes actors Brie Larson (“Room”), Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”), Cillian Murphy (“In the Heart of the Sea”), Jack Reynor (“Macbeth”), Sam Riley (“Maleficent”), Noah Taylor (“Powers”) and Sharlto Copley (“Chappie”).
Director Martin Scorsese is executive producing “Free Fire”, which follows “a woman (Larson) who has brokered a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two Irishmen (Murphy and Smiley) and a gang (led by Hammer and Copley) who are selling them a stash of guns. But »
- J.B. Casas
British director Ben Wheatley ("Kill List," "A Field in England") is in talks to write and direct the latest remake of Henri-Georges Clouzot's stone cold 1953 action thriller classic "The Wages Of Fear" at Rumble Films and TF1.
The original film, an adaptation of George Arnaud's novel, kicks off when an Mexican oil well owned by an American company catches fire. The company hires four European men, down on their luck and desperate, to drive two trucks 300 miles cross country over treacherous dirt roads - trucks loaded with volatile nitroglycerine which is needed to extinguish the flames.
Filmmaker William Friedkin and actor Roy Scheider, hot off their successes with "The Exorcist" and "Jaws" respectively, teamed for a remake of the film entitled "Sorcerer" which shifted the action to the jungles of Amazon. Though a commercial disappointment, the film's reputation has grown over the years.
Wheatley's wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump will co-write the project. »
- Garth Franklin
With a rising career like few other directors, Ben Wheatley has given us one of the best horror thrillers of the decade thus far (Kill List), a love story like no other (Sightseers), a trippy black-and-white Civil War drama (A Field in England), a flat-out masterpiece (High-Rise), and his latest film, the star-studded, Martin Scorsese-produced Free Fire was recently picked up by Alchemy for a 2016 release. For a new project, he’s now set to remake a classic — one which has already been remade (twice, technically).
According to Deadline, he’s set to direct and co-write (with frequent collaborator Amy Jump) another remake of The Wages of Fear. First coming to screens by Henri-Georges Clouzot in 1953, the adaptation of Georges Arnaud’s novel follows a group of men who dangerously transport a shipment of nitroglycerine through the jungle for one of the most intense experience one can witness in cinema. »
- Leonard Pearce
Exclusive: British director Ben Wheatley, one of the hottest filmmakers coming through right now, is in talks to write and direct a remake of the classic thriller The Wages Of Fear. Wheatley’s wife and frequent collaborator Amy Jump would co-write the project, which is still in the early stages of development. David Lancaster is producing through his Rumble Films banner with TF1, which owns the rights to the seminal original, selling and financing with eOne. This is a… »
Amid Canal Plus shake-up, parent company Vivendi ups stake in video games companies Ubisoft and Gameloft.
New Canal Plus CEO Maxime Saada has put out a call to the French cinema world to produce more action and adventure pictures and crime thrillers to fill the gap left by the Us Studios’ focus on superheroes and teenage audiences.
Speaking at a debate on the future of French cinema at the 25th edition of the Rencontres Cinématographiques de Dijon, running Oct 22-24, Saada said he was worried by the lack of mainstream films for older audiences in the pipeline.
“Through the agreements we have with most the Us studios, we get to see their line-ups into 2018 and 2019. It’s all heavily-skewed towards superheroes and adolescent audiences and this isn’t going to change anytime soon,” said Saada.
He said there was real demand for French genre pictures aimed an older audience.
“Our subscribers aren’t teenagers, well some of »
Simone Simon: Remembering the 'Cat People' and 'La Bête Humaine' star (photo: Simone Simon 'Cat People' publicity) Pert, pretty, pouty, and fiery-tempered Simone Simon – who died at age 94 ten years ago, on Feb. 22, 2005 – is best known for her starring role in Jacques Tourneur's cult horror movie classic Cat People (1942). Those aware of the existence of film industries outside Hollywood will also remember Simon for her button-nosed femme fatale in Jean Renoir's French film noir La Bête Humaine (1938). In fact, long before Brigitte Bardot, Annette Stroyberg, Mamie Van Doren, Tuesday Weld, Ann-Margret, and Barbarella's Jane Fonda became known as cinema's Sex Kittens, Simone Simon exuded feline charm – with a tad of puppy dog wistfulness – in a film career that spanned two continents and a quarter of a century. From the early '30s to the mid-'50s, she seduced men young and old on both »
- Andre Soares
Though it is apparently still in post-production, a trailer for A Perfect Day has hit the web ahead of WestEnd Films packaging it for sale at the European Film Market next week.
Written and directed by Fernando Leon de Aranoa (Mondays In The Sun), who adapted the story from the novel Dejarse Ilover, by Paula Farias, A Perfect Day tells the tale of five conflict zone aid workers who all have various agendas. They find themselves having to work together to left a dead body out of a well, so a community can have access to water. The film stars Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro (Traffic) and Tim Robbins (Mystic River), who are ably supported by Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) Melanie Thierry (The Zero Theorem), and Fedja Stukan (In The Land Of Blood And Honey)
Variety reports that writer-director Fernando Leon de Aranoa explained his view of the project to the press last year:
- Sarah Myles
London — “Welcome!” a soldier shouts at B (Tim Robbins), Mambru (Benicio del Toro) and interpreter Damir (Fedja Stukac) as their jeep approaches a military checkpoint. “Tell them not to wash the car: We don’t have any money. It’s a joke, tell them,” B urges Damir, who hesitates then does; the soldiers, 30 years younger than B or Mamru, who are grizzled vets, stare back eyes glazed, light automatic weapons in hand.
Joining Del Toro and Robbins, Oscar winners for “Traffic” and Mystic River” respectively, are Olga Kurylenko (“To the Wonder,” “Quantum of Solace”), Melanie Thierry (“The Zero Theorem”) and Stukac (“In the Land of Blood and Honey”), who round up a top-notch ensemble cast. »
- John Hopewell and Leo Barraclough
A suspenseful adventure thriller directed by Academy Award winner Kevin Macdonald, centering on a rogue submarine captain (two-time Academy Award nominee Jude Law) who pulls together a misfit crew to go after a sunken treasure rumored to be lost in the depths of the Black Sea. As greed and desperation take control onboard their claustrophobic vessel, the increasing uncertainty of the mission causes the men to turn on each other to fight for their own survival. (Trailer)
Macdonald explains, “Black Sea is an old-fashioned adventure story, populated by a great set of characters. Now, as with any movie taking place on a submarine, we knew there were certain elements we needed to have: an explosion where the sub almost goes down, and a mutiny, for example.
“The setting »
- Michelle McCue
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