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Christian Bale to reunite with his Machinist director Brad Anderson for Concrete Island?

02.10.2011

It was back in 2004 when filmmaker Brad Anderson (VANISHING ON 7TH STREET, SESSION 9) directed a completely emaciated Christian Bale to much acclaim amongst genre fans in THE MACHINIST. Now, seven years later, it seems that the writer-director and Caped Crusader are hoping to re-team once again in a film called CONCRETE ISLAND, an adaptation of the novel by J.G. Ballard.

Anderson himself talked a bit about the film in an interview with Shock Till You Drop:

"The best way to describe it is it's like an urban Robinson Crusoe story - a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can't escape and he's basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis."

He continued, revealing Bale's potential involvement:

"It's sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian's on board to do that when we can fit it into his schedule, of course."

That schedule, of course, includes THE DARK KNIGHT RISES which is set to begin shooting in May, as well as the currently filming 13 FLOWERS OF NANJING (formerly NANJING HEROES) for Chinese director Zhang Yimou (HERO, HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS). Should CONCRETE ISLAND move ahead and actually be Bale's next film, it would certainly be after RISES is complete.

Anderson's latest dark tale VANISHING ON 7TH STREET is already available On Demand and will see a limited release next week, February 18th.
Extra Tidbit: If you haven't seen Anderson's films but have Netflix, both SESSION 9 and THE MACHINST are available on Instant Watch.

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10:59PM on 02/10/2011
This sounds great, an dif they are to reteam, it'd be great!
This sounds great, an dif they are to reteam, it'd be great!
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12:40PM on 02/10/2011
The_Soloist nailed it. Huge crime he didn't get nominated for Machinist and for American Psycho. Brilliant fuckin acting
The_Soloist nailed it. Huge crime he didn't get nominated for Machinist and for American Psycho. Brilliant fuckin acting
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10:36AM on 02/10/2011
Sounds cool. So will Bale actually crash a car and go flying through the windshield to add more realism?
Sounds cool. So will Bale actually crash a car and go flying through the windshield to add more realism?
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9:57AM on 02/10/2011
Sounds cool. But sounds kind of similar to Wrecked, with Adrian Brody. Hopefully they do something to set it apart.
Sounds cool. But sounds kind of similar to Wrecked, with Adrian Brody. Hopefully they do something to set it apart.
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8:10AM on 02/10/2011
This sounds great.

The Machinist is a terrific movie. It's one of the biggest crimes in movie history that Bale was not even nominated for an Academy Award.
This sounds great.

The Machinist is a terrific movie. It's one of the biggest crimes in movie history that Bale was not even nominated for an Academy Award.
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11:48PM on 02/10/2011
Another Oscar nomination snub... Bale in Rescue Dawn, AND Steve Zahn & Jeremy Piven for Supporting Actor in Rescue Dawn
Another Oscar nomination snub... Bale in Rescue Dawn, AND Steve Zahn & Jeremy Piven for Supporting Actor in Rescue Dawn
6:45AM on 02/10/2011

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With session 9 and the machinist basically having the same ending. Hope Brad Anderson tries something new for this one...
With session 9 and the machinist basically having the same ending. Hope Brad Anderson tries something new for this one...
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6:31AM on 02/10/2011

YES! More Ballard on screen please

Huge fan of both Bale and Brad Anderson (Session 9 is one of my all time fave horror films)
Huge fan of both Bale and Brad Anderson (Session 9 is one of my all time fave horror films)
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5:55AM on 02/10/2011
Love The Machinist. Hopefully its as good cause I was a little disappointed with Vanishing on 7th Street.
Love The Machinist. Hopefully its as good cause I was a little disappointed with Vanishing on 7th Street.
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5:32AM on 02/10/2011
The Machinist was great, overshadowed somewhat by Bale's weight loss. The film sounds like it could be great too, I'm really digging the Ballard reference.
The Machinist was great, overshadowed somewhat by Bale's weight loss. The film sounds like it could be great too, I'm really digging the Ballard reference.
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