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Director James McTeigue is currently casting up Message from the King

Apr. 16, 2012by: Alejandro Stepenberg

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Originally announced way back in July of 2011, the next project from James McTeigue (V FOR VENDETTA) has taken its sweet time getting going. But McTeigue revealed in a recent interview that the casting process is currently underway for the thriller, and shared a few of his thoughts on what the movie is all about, why he's making it, and how it matches up with DRIVE.

On the plot and the why the movie is worth making: Message from the King is about a mysterious outsider who comes into L.A. from South Africa looking for his sister who’s dropped off the radar. He ultimately finds out, in pretty short order, that his sister is dead; he finds her in the morgue with her eye poked out and her toe cut off. And it’s about him traversing L.A. and finding out what happened to her: why ultimately the city ate her alive, why the city killed her. She’s in touch with all of these disparate groups throughout the city, whether they’re Armenian gangsters or whether it’s a Hollywood producer or this strange kind of Beverly Hills dentist conduit that exists in this in-between world between all these disparate cultures. And he comes in and moves through the city in a very kind of vertical fashion. He doesn’t understand the politic of the city at all. So, I decided that I’d like to make that because it speaks about LA and I don’t think been there’s enough movies that are really about L.A. Michael Mann tries to do them, he’ll do it with Heat or Collateral, but I think this movie is really about L.A. and the people who make it, the people who fall through the cracks; it gives you a whole breadth of the city, which I really like.

On the rating: It's an R-rated movie.

James McTeigue and John Cusack

On the DRIVE connection: It’s not like Drive. Drive, to me, was a very European take on L.A. and if someone didn’t tell me that that movie was set in L.A., I really wouldn’t have known, you know? I think that this movie is much more about Hollywood itself and Beverly Hills and Bel Air and parts of the beach. Drive, to me, felt like it was very East L.A. or Valley driven. This is people’s classic perception of Los Angeles and it’s more about that and the twisting of that myth, I guess.

Technically the next project directed by James McTeigue is THE RAVEN starring John Cusack, and you can catch the serial-killer-thriller rather soon on April 27th

Or you can catch this very lovely view of Cusack's co-star Alice Eve right now:

Alice Eve in a low cut shirt

Extra Tidbit: I loved V FOR VENDETTA but loathed NINJA ASSASSIN. It was such a huge drop in quality and craftsmanship that I don't know what to think about McTeigue anymore. But MESSAGE FROM THE KING sounds close to what Joe Carnahan wants to do with DEATH WISH, and I like it.
Source: Collider

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9:50AM on 04/16/2012
McTeigue is dreadful and always has been. V for Vendetta is a shockingly lousy film - the direction is especially bad. It is orchestrated with all the flair of an episode of Eastenders, and don't get me started on the lousy acting and hamfisted dialogue. I think what people responded to was the easy politics and bombastic finale. Utter rubbish, and how McTeigue even scores these lame projects is beyond me.
McTeigue is dreadful and always has been. V for Vendetta is a shockingly lousy film - the direction is especially bad. It is orchestrated with all the flair of an episode of Eastenders, and don't get me started on the lousy acting and hamfisted dialogue. I think what people responded to was the easy politics and bombastic finale. Utter rubbish, and how McTeigue even scores these lame projects is beyond me.
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2:38AM on 04/17/2012
sounds like you have a personal grudge against the man. Did he run over your dog or something?
sounds like you have a personal grudge against the man. Did he run over your dog or something?
12:07AM on 04/17/2012
I agree 100%!
I agree 100%!
2:34PM on 04/16/2012
I agree. The politics and fanboy love for Portman is almost all that movie had going for it.
I agree. The politics and fanboy love for Portman is almost all that movie had going for it.
11:57AM on 04/16/2012
Sounds like McTeigue doesn't know what he's talking about.

If he can make a movie as good as Heat or Collateral that would be impressive.
Sounds like McTeigue doesn't know what he's talking about.

If he can make a movie as good as Heat or Collateral that would be impressive.
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2:23PM on 04/16/2012
I've read at least a couple reviews by people who described Drive as feeling European, but didn't real give any examples why. The car is a Mustang, the soundtrack sounds like retro 80's music, It's in LA, Most of the leads are American, there are pretty much no accents...etc. Exactly what feels European I wonder, because I'm just not seeing it?
I've read at least a couple reviews by people who described Drive as feeling European, but didn't real give any examples why. The car is a Mustang, the soundtrack sounds like retro 80's music, It's in LA, Most of the leads are American, there are pretty much no accents...etc. Exactly what feels European I wonder, because I'm just not seeing it?
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2:36AM on 04/17/2012
yea it reminded me of an 80's american movie too. Especially when he's driving alone in his car at night!
yea it reminded me of an 80's american movie too. Especially when he's driving alone in his car at night!
12:08AM on 04/17/2012
Style, style, style. The style is very European.
Style, style, style. The style is very European.
12:09AM on 04/17/2012
McTeigue has yet to make something good (haven't seen 'The Raven'), so this holds very little appeal.
McTeigue has yet to make something good (haven't seen 'The Raven'), so this holds very little appeal.
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