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Paul Haggis to Write, Possibly Direct ‘Cell 211’ Remake

28 October 2010 10:18 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

In news relating to the foreign-to-English remake department, Deadline (via THR) writer and director Paul Haggis has been selected by CBS Films to pen their remake of the Spanish thriller Cell 211. The film was the big winner at the Goya Awards recently, making a sweep at what is considered to be the Spanish equivalent of the Oscars. So it’s fair to say that it’s a movie worth checking out, but if the prospect of reading scares you enough, now you can just watch the American version!

While he’s been set to write the script, there hasn’t been any word on whether or not that he’ll be directing, although I wouldn’t be completely surprise either way. The plot is the “story of two men on different sides of a prison riot — the inmate leading the rebellion and the young guard trapped in the revolt, who »

- Nick Newman

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Epic Dreamer: An Akira Kurosawa Profile (Part 2)

10 April 2010 2:46 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg profiles the internationally renowned filmmaker Akira Kurosawa in the second of a four part feature... read part one.

“After the Pacific War, a great deal of noise began to be made about freedom of speech, and almost immediately abuses and loss of self-control ensued,” recollected acclaimed filmmaker Akira Kurosawa of life in Post-wwii Japan. “A certain kind of magazine took up flattering readers’ curiosity, provoking scandals with shamelessly vulgar articles.” The prevailing sensationalist mentality had to be addressed. “I felt that this new tendency had to be stamped out before it could spread,” remarked the director. “This was the impetus for Skyandaru (Scandal, 1950).”

A tabloid newspaper falsely reports that artist Ichiro Aoye (Toshiro Mifune) is having a love affair with a famous singer, Miyako Saijo (Yoshiko Yamaguchi); he sues the publication only to be betrayed by his lawyer Hiruta (Takashi Shimura). “While I was writing the script an »

- flickeringmyth

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