6 items from 2009
While doing the PR rounds for his new movie “The Brothers Bloom”, Rian Johnson (of “Brick” fame) talked a bit about his upcoming film “Looper”, a time-travel story with, apparently, “lots of action” and violence. Although, Johnson is eager to point out, it’s more of a character-based movie, and that the time-travel aspect will just be one part of it. Here’s what he told SciFiWire: So how’s Looper coming? Johnson: I just finished the first draft two days ago, and it’s a first draft, so I’m now kind of just wandering around confused. No, I sent it out and showed it to some people, just kind of working on making a second draft. But it’s way too soon to have any kind of perspective. But I had a great time during the writing process. It is so completely different than Bloom that it was refreshing. »
After the cult success of Rian Johnson‘s debut feature, the stylish high-school noir, Brick, A-list stars and a much bigger budget were sure to follow. The Brothers Bloom was filmed in a variety European and North American locations and things look fabulously bright and breezy on the big screen. While I didn’t capital “L” love the picture, there is indeed a lot of interesting things going on and the film is certainly building a following. Furthermore, there are simply too few grifter pictures (see recent Twitch column on the subject) or classic on-the-road romances (think Charade or The African Queen) these days, even doing one is sort of retro in a way. The Brothers Bloom aims high for both. Back in April, I had the chance to sit down with Rian and it turned into a very enjoyable and casual chat that spanned a variety of topics from Ricky Jay to moleskin notebooks, »
- Kurt Halfyard
With Brick, Rian Johnson established himself as a filmmaker to watch. An audacious debut, it made use of a classic film noir plotline within a contemporary high school setting, and helped establish Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a leading man. Now, Johnson's back with The Brothers Bloom, a globe-trotting con man movie starring Adrien Brody, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel Weisz that hits theaters this week. In an interview with Rt, Johnson decided to select his five favorite con man movies of all time. He also talked about the script of his sci-fi project Looper, and explained why filmmakers are often con men »
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#1: Paramount to finally release Carriers!
Àlex Pastor and David Pastor's Carriers is finally getting a theatrical release by Paramount Vantage on September 4, 2009. The great looking plague flick stars Lou Taylor Pucci, Chris Pine, Piper Perabo and Emily VanCamp. No doubt their decision to hold the film back has something to do with capitalizing on the Chris Pine buzz that will be around from Star Trek. Smart really. [via: Bloody-Disgusting]
#2: Kevin Macdonald takes on Romans and Asimov's "Eternity"
Kevin Macdonald has made a deal with New Regency to develop and direct "The End of Eternity" by Isaac Asimov. The "futuristic tale concerns a ruling class called Eternity whose members can manipulate time and alter history."
The State of Play director is also making "Eagle of the Ninth," a Roman military drama for Focus Features. [via: Variety]
#3: Statham ain't no Bronson but he will be The Mechanic
The 1972 hitman flick is a »
We might still be patiently waiting for Rian Johnson’s much delayed Brick follow-up Brothers Bloom, but that hasn’t stopped him from talking about his future projects. And his next project? Looper, a science fiction flick about: "a huge financial collapse of some sort." And it will be: "really violent and dark." But just because it’s Sf, doesn’t mean it’ll be going overboard on the gadgets. "It's not like Minority Report, we’re not dealing with a ton of crazy technology....
Although Rian Johnson's follow up to Brick has yet to hit theaters (watch this opening), I'm already excited for his next film, a time travel sci-fi called Looper. That may be because I've seen The Brothers Bloom three times already and I absolutely love Rian Johnson, but anyway... The last time we wrote about Looper was in September of last year, right after Brothers Bloom had premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. A few small story details were revealed at the time, mainly that it would be "set in a present-day world in which a group of hitmen are sent their victims from the future." Sounds good, but how about some more details? As part of the Independent Film Festival Boston, SlashFilm's Dave Chen got to interview Johnson and they spent a few minutes chatting about Looper. First things first, contrary to the synopsis earlier, Johnson now says this »
- Alex Billington
6 items from 2009
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