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What is Bronson director Nicolas Winding Refn doing and not doing?

Feb. 15, 2010by:
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Although Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn first made an impact with his must-see PUSHER trilogy, it was the recent prison movie BRONSON that really packed a punch.

Recently the director has been juggling several projects, but some of them have ended up in the dirt. As we heard the other day, Refn and Ryan Gosling are apparently replacing Hugh Jackman and director Neil Marshall on the vehicular action flick DRIVE.

So who took the loss? Empire says that Refn won't be making THE DYING OF THE LIGHT, a Paul Schrader-penned thriller about a CIA agent with Alzheimer's, which was going to star Harrison Ford.

Also getting cut by the double-edged sword is JEKYLL, an update of the classic tale starring Keanu Reeves. Refn says he just couldn't work around the schedule they wanted.

But after DRIVE, Refn does plan to make his ONLY GOD FORGIVES, described thusly: "A Bangkok-set modern Western (East meets West) that sees a Thai police lieutenant and a gangster settling their differences in a Thai-boxing match."

Extra Tidbit: Refn's Viking action movie VALHALLA RISING, starring his regular collaborator Mads Mikkelsen (CASINO ROYALE), is still awaiting US release.
Source: Empire

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3:12PM on 02/16/2010
Drive sounds very "by the numbers" action flick. But it has an interesting director and leading man.
Drive sounds very "by the numbers" action flick. But it has an interesting director and leading man.
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1:17PM on 02/16/2010
Bronson was merely made with a budget of 200,000 grand. Now that Bronson has made over 2 million without any real marketing. I'd say this director definitely has the skills and earned the right to create something on a larger scale.
Bronson was merely made with a budget of 200,000 grand. Now that Bronson has made over 2 million without any real marketing. I'd say this director definitely has the skills and earned the right to create something on a larger scale.
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11:46PM on 02/15/2010
Bronson was definitely a showcase for Tom Hardy but I think it showed Refn's got talent to spare so you can definitely sign me up for his next project.
Bronson was definitely a showcase for Tom Hardy but I think it showed Refn's got talent to spare so you can definitely sign me up for his next project.
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11:28PM on 02/15/2010
Still haven't seen Bronson, but the Pusher movies are all masterpieces. I don't know that I ever heard of The Dying of the Light, but the prospect of Harrison Ford playing a CIA man with Alzheimer's sounds so good I'm already sorry it won't happen.
Still haven't seen Bronson, but the Pusher movies are all masterpieces. I don't know that I ever heard of The Dying of the Light, but the prospect of Harrison Ford playing a CIA man with Alzheimer's sounds so good I'm already sorry it won't happen.
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11:02PM on 02/15/2010
yeeeaaaahhh... Bronson was pretty underwhelming.
yeeeaaaahhh... Bronson was pretty underwhelming.
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