New Films in Production

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Re: New Films in Production

#1901 Post by Mr Sausage » Sun Nov 04, 2012 7:43 am

Nabokov and Christopher Lee?

I'm there.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1902 Post by repeat » Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:24 pm

As amazing as that would be, I'm afraid the cast in that article is rather confusingly that of August's current film Night Train to Lisbon, which is mentioned in that paragraph; "no word yet on casting for Laughter in the Dark"

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Re: New Films in Production

#1903 Post by Mr Sausage » Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:04 pm

Well, fuck. That's what I get for reading that on my phone.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1904 Post by moviscop » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:13 pm

News from "Untitled Terrence Malick Project" by Pitchfork.

Apparently Kilmer took some time off Citizen Twain and B-roles for a bit to do some singing and guitar smashing at SXSW.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1905 Post by Mr Sausage » Sat Nov 10, 2012 4:40 pm

moviscop wrote:News from "Untitled Terrence Malick Project" by Pitchfork.

Apparently Kilmer took some time off Citizen Twain and B-roles for a bit to do some singing and guitar smashing at SXSW.
Already posted here.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1906 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:18 am

Weinsteins pick up U.S. (and other) rights for Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer

The Weinsteins have never shown the slightest sign of changing their old ways -- This Must Be the Place (which they picked up at Cannes 2011) has only now been released in a recut version, and the equally delayed Wu Xia is coming out at the end of the month with about twenty minutes hacked out and the insipid new title Dragon. So as far as I'm concerned this is terrible news.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1907 Post by knives » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:21 am

They edited This Must Be the Place? How so?

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#1908 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Nov 12, 2012 4:23 am

I don't know exactly, since I haven't seen the U.S. version and none of the American reviewers seem to be aware of the issue. But Sorrentino briefly touched on it here:
Reports have emerged that the Weinstein Company, who are distributing This Must be the Place in the US, urged Sorrentino to recut the film for that market. Given the fearsome reputation of Harvey Weinstein, one could be forgiven for assuming that some heated arguments took place.

"No, no. Part of the agreement was that I kept artistic control. There is an edit for the United States but I cut that edit. So they were in complete agreement." What was the problem? "Oh, in the States they have this fixation that everything must be crystal clear. Everything must be understood."
He may say "complete agreement," but the tenor of those last two sentences rather undercuts that. And having watched the original cut a few days ago, I have no idea what was supposedly too confusing for us dumb Americans.

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#1909 Post by Keyrek » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:34 pm

knives wrote:They edited This Must Be the Place? How so?
I don't know about other edits, but I was looking up reviews of This Must Be the Place after I watched it the weekend, and was linked to this scene, which I don't remember as a single take at all; instead, I remember it as shot/reverse-shot with the floating taken out.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1910 Post by knives » Mon Nov 12, 2012 2:45 pm

That's unfortunate. I guess I'll have to go DVD on this.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1911 Post by Markson » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:27 am

Sean Penn is in talks to star in The Prone Gunman, an adaptation of Jean-Patrick Manchette's amazing, hard, violent 1970's crime novel. Quite a strange choice for Joel Silver's company. The article's mention that Manchette's work is "existentialist and involving explorations of politics as well as the human condition" is accurate, and it's puzzling that such a harsh and eccentric work is being bandied as potentially franchise-worthy. The novel is entertaining, though, albeit bloody and unsentimental and littered with references to free jazz musicians. I can imagine a solid adaptation standing a chance in the art house circuit, but I fear that the tale will be gutted to its barest elements and garnished with more than a little stupidity. Makes me wonder who proposed this venture? The novel is OOP (Stateside, at least), and the deceased Manchette has been, prior to the celebrated graphic novel adaptations of his work published in the U.S. by Fantagraphics, obscure to all but the most dedicated literary crime cultists.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1912 Post by warren oates » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:41 am

It's not out of print in the U.S. -- check Glamazon. And it's not all that obscure, especially now that it's been adapted into a popular graphic novel. Before I was anything like a crime cultist I read two of his books because City Lights put them out in snazzy compact paperback editions. Anybody who's seen the three Manchettes that are easily available in English (or the graphic novel adaptations) knows he's something special and yet not uncommercial. I'm not surprised this is getting made, just that John Woo or Johnnie To isn't directing it.

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#1913 Post by Markson » Wed Nov 14, 2012 2:26 am

Ah, you're right––the City Lights edition is still available. My mistake. And you're right that Manchette isn't the obscurest of obscure, necessarily, but I imagine that he's practically unknown to the general reader, even an adventurous one who reads widely and with regularity. But perhaps I'm attached to my memory of discovering Manchette through a college professor (an awarded crime writer himself), back before the graphic novels, before the NYRB Classics reissue, back when I felt like I was among only a handful who got to experience his remarkable work. While reading him, a Hollywood-bankrolled film adaptation with Penn is about the last thing I could have expected.

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Re: New Films in Production

#1914 Post by Matt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 1:12 pm


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