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Gosling and Refn Again, 'WarGames' and 'Annie' Remake News and 'Tree of Life' is the New 'Greenberg'

Plus Rob Cohen heads back into 'Fast and Furious' territory


Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn at Cannes

This morning's batch of links brings news of the Gosling and Refn love affair, a new film for Rob Cohen, the Annie remake from Big Willie and J-Hova and a WarGames remake. What fun...

Ryan Gosling has become director Nicolas Winding Refn's new crush as the two first collaborated on Drive (my review), which will hit theaters this September, they are working on a Logan's Run remake, a potential rom-com and now Gosling has replaced Luke Evans in Refn's Only God Forgives after Evans sauntered off to work on The Hobbit.

Gosling will play Julian who is on the run from the British police. He runs a Thai Boxing club in Bangkok which is a front for a drugs smuggling operation. He is well respected within the criminal underworld, but deep in his heart he feels that his life is lacking something. He meets a retired cop, The Angel of Vengeance, and finds out that he has to confront his mother. Kristin Scott Thomas co-stars as what I am assuming would be the mother. Pic will start shooting in November and will be delivered during the second half of 2012. [Variety]

Seth Gordon (The King of Kong, Horrible Bosses) has been given the keys to develop and direct a remake of the 1983 Matthew Broderick starrer WarGames for MGM. The original centered on a young man who unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and while he believes he is merely playing a game, he is in fact on the verge of starting World War III. Gordon will be given a wide berth to create a new take on the tale. And considering the original film dealt with the Russians I have to assume this new film will involve the Middle East, North Korea or aliens. [Deadline]

Will Smith and Jay-Z are in negotiations with Oscar-winning screenwriter and actress Emma Thompson (Sense and Sensibility) to pen the screenplay for a remake of the 1982 musical Annie with Smith's daughter, Willow, set to star in the title role. Thompson is currently co-starring with Smith as Agent O in Men in Black III. [Vulture]

Rob Cohen (The Fast and the Furious) is set to direct Bullet Run, an Andrew Hilton-scripted action film revolving around the story of the head of an elite private protection team and his former CIA agent wife who infiltrate the closed borders of Iran to abduct a man who killed their daughter. The extraction goes awry and they are forced to rely on their world-class driving skills and a fleet of high-performance street cars to travel 200 miles through a hail of bullets to keep alive the man they really want dead. The film is expected to be Cohen's follow-up to his current project I, Alex Cross based on the James Patterson novel and starring Tyler Perry and Matthew Fox. [Deadline]

Christopher Misch posted the following note on Twitter, which comes from the Avon Theatre in Stamford, Connecticut where they must be receiving several requests for refunds from patrons that walked into Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life not knowing what they were getting themselves into. The last time I remember such a situation was the Greenberg incident. [Twitter]

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  • Jack

    The people complaining about the Tree of Life are the same people who keep funding the garbage Hollywood keeps making. Do I need to mention the Alvin and the Chipmunks "Chipwrecked", or the never ending Transformers franchise?

  • Brian

    Never understood the logic behind movie ticket refunds AFTER you saw the movie WTF. Do people finish their meal at a restaurant, then ask for a refund because they were not satisfied with the taste of the meal. Technical issues with a movie theater I understand getting a refund but only technical glitches not the movie itself. All theaters should have a zero refund policy for not enjoying the movie.

    • LumberJACKEDx9x

      I work in a restaurant and yes, people do this all the time--even after finishing their meals.

      I saw "Tree of Life" IN an art-house theater(re) and within 15 minutes of the film opening, a third of the audience had their cell phones out (the death knell of modern society) and whispering to each other about how old Brad Pitt looks.

      I also saw "Greenberg" in theaters and am suprised to report that the audience I saw it with seemed to enjoy it better than "ToL."

      Ultimately, it's our fault for supporting mind-numbing garbage like "Pirates" and "Transformers" because they do not allow for audience participation. When the audience is disengaged in a more ambitious, challenging film like "Tree of Life," the material is going to feel pretentious and condescending because it's not speaking directly to them. In other words, the film is not force-feeding them information as previous viewing experiences have taught them to expect--especially with a film starring the likes of Brad Pitt (though he has been on an unbelievable hot streak since "Babel"). That's why, in time, companies like Netflix are going to help ween the public away from cheap, blockbuster fluff. Already, "instant play" has brought a number of great films to my attention that I never would've sought out otherwise.

      Here is a little excerpt from a patron who sat at the bar the other night. This is just a taste of what I have to deal with from the classless, insufferable morons that stumble into my restaurant every night.

      --A clip from "Fast Five" plays on the screen.

      PATRON: Dude, that shit looks fucking awesome. Can't wait to see that. Well, except for Paul Walker. He's a fag.

      ME: Did you see any of the other ones?

      PATRON: Oh yeah, I own the whole trilogy.

      ME: Riighht. Well, chances are you've seen this one.

      PATRON: What are you, some kind of critic? You watch gay shit like "Black Swan?" All that ballerina stuff with the guys's balls bunched up in tights?

      (At this point are people at the bar begin to take notice)

      ME: Did you see "Black Swan?"

      PATRON: Yeah, my girlfriend made me watch it. I couldn't even watch it for 20 minutes. Natalie Portman was hot, but all she did was fucking cry, and not eat cake and every fucking shot was of the back of somebody's head. Like, I don't want to follow this bitch around--not from this view, anyway. They should've thrown in more ass shots, like from "Bring it On," know what I mean?

      ME: Dude, you really need to go back and watch it with a different perspective. If only for the lesbian sex scene. Please, just subject yourself to something worthwhile.

      PATRON: Oh yeah, that lesbian scene. Do you think they have it under the celebrity category on those free porn sites?

      • Chris138

        God, I don't know how you can put up with crap like that. It would drive me nuts.

  • Badge

    Doesn't Will Smith want his kids to go out and get real jobs? "It's OK, honey, your dad's a movie star, I'll just get you a lead role in something. Who wants Karate Kid?"

    • MARION57

      and coming soon...the annie remake!!

  • Tyler Rodewald

    Is the sound supposed to be out of sync after the first 20 minutes?

    The tree of life finally opened in my hometown today and I went and saw the first showing. The sound was fine for the first 20 minutes but then after the creation of earth and starting in the dinosaur scene the sound was about 3 seconds out of the sync for the rest of the movie. Even the dialogue would be spoken and then a few seconds later sure enough the lips would move. The theatre insists this is how the movie is supposed to be and that there was no error. I have checked the clips online and none of them were out of sync. Did I get screwed over in the theatre or is this how the film is supposed to be?????

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      No, the theater lied to you.