5 items from 2015
Two decades ago, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker was riding a wave of success following his work on David Fincher’s indelible thriller Se7en, quickly becoming one of the most sought-after scribes in Hollywood. His follow-up, 8Mm, left much to be desired. Picked up and directed by Tigerland helmer Joel Schumacher, Walker’s treatment was transformed into a thriller that didn’t hold a candle to the intensity of Fincher’s breakout noir hit. But that hasn’t dampened the writer’s interest in the 1999 crime drama.
Original starring Nicholas Cage as a private eye on the case of a most mysterious snuff film, Schumacher’s low-key picture also featured Joaquin Phoenix in one of his earlier forays into cinema. In hindsight, 8Mm is a startlingly dark thriller, dipping its toe into the underbelly of illegal pornography without batting an eyelid – particularly for a studio movie.
Now, more than 15 years later, »
- Michael Briers
This year marks the 20th anniversary of director David Fincher‘s (The Social Network) breakout film, Se7en. The thriller not only launched Fincher’s feature filmmaking career, but it also made Andrew Kevin Walker an in-demand writer. Walker’s followup, 8Mm, made less of a cultural, critical, and box-office impact. Director Joel Schumacher (Tigerland) turned his hot spec script into a so-so thriller. Walker, personally, wouldn’t mind […]
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- Jack Giroux
There’s no pinning Colin Farrell down. The Irish actor has turned in memorable performances in every genre of film since bursting onto the scene with his breakout role in 2000’s war film Tigerland. Sure, there’s been a few missteps along the way…we’re sure we’re not the only ones who regret his bald-headed, leather-clad turn in Daredevil or the seemingly never-ending 214 minute cut of Alexander. But for every role we’d like to forget, Farrell wins us back with movies like Seven Psychopaths, The New World, and yes, even Miami Vice.
Farrell is heading back to the big screen with The Lobster, a film that mixes dark humour with a sci-fi and a side of romance. Making its North American premeire at Tiff, The Lobster focuses on a strange hotel and its residents (Farrell, John C. Reilly, and Ben Whishaw) who have 45 days to find a »
- Rachel West
Colin Farrell’s a great actor, but he’s kind of box-office poison.
Just look at this track record.
Total Recall? Bombed.
Fright Night? Nobody bothered.
Dead Man Down? Yup, I don’t really remember that either.
In fact, aside from his hysterical supporting turn in 2011’s Horrible Bosses, S.W.A.T was the actor’s last legitimate hit. That came out in 2003. Granted, since Miami Vice 9 years ago, he’s not been making particularly commercial choices, but for a man still considered an A-lister that reads pretty alarmingly.
Well that’s likely to change with the news he’s been cast in Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Directed by David Yates and written by original novelist J.K Rowling, Farrell has landed a major role alongside Eddie Redmayne and Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice).
Farrell will play Graves, a wizarding accomplice of Redmayne’s protagonist, »
- Daniel Kelly
When Screen Gems releases “The Wedding Ringer” on Jan. 16, the Kevin Hart comedy marks not only screenwriter Garelick’s directorial debut, but also the end of a very long and winding road for the project.
“I wrote it over 13 years ago with Jay Lavender, when it was called ‘The Golden Tux,’ ” he says. (The team also co-wrote 2006’s unusually realistic relationship comedy “The Break-Up” for Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn.) “I was shooting second unit in Dublin on Joel Schumacher’s ‘Veronica Guerin’ at the time, and Jay was in L.A. We sent stuff back and forth, and we sold it in 2002 to Todd Phillips.” Since then, the project may have languished, but Garelick — a Yale graduate who started at CAA before getting his big break as Schumacher’s assistant — has worked hard to learn everything he could about becoming a director.
“I was on the set of ‘Tigerland, »
- Iain Blair
5 items from 2015
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