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From filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Only God Forgives tells the story of Julian (Ryan Gosling), an American fugitive who runs a boxing club in Bangkok as a front for his drug business. When his mother (Kristin Scott Thomas), who is the head of a vast criminal organization, arrives from the U.S. to collect the body of her murdered son, she demands vengeance. At the film’s press day, Nicolas Winding Refn spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what inspired the movie, how the experience of making Drive affected the script, how audiences have reacted to the film, that he doesn’t shoot any wasted footage, and how a small side story for the Bernie Rose (Albert Brooks) character in Drive was one of the only things he’s ever cut from one of his films. He also talked about how he’d like to focus on his Barbarella television series next, why his remake of Logan’s Run didn’t work out, and how he would like to do a big studio project, at some point. Check out what he had to say after the jump. Collider: How did this movie come about for you? NICOLAS WINDING REFN: The idea of the movie was many different things. I don’t have one thing that sets me in motion. I would probably say that the first thing that started the whole flow of images for the film was the sense of holding your arm and realizing that it was an extension of your erection, and that it’s a ...
Following the FilmDistrict Studio panel in Hall H, that featured both Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark (produced by Guillermo del Toro) and Drive, director Nicolas Refn sat down for a press roundtable to discuss the much-buzzed about film. Brutal and bloody, Drive is also being praised for its unique originality and the vision of its filmmaker, along with its score and the performances of a cast that includes Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Ron Perlman, Albert Brooks, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston. During the interview, Nicolas Refn talked about having his actors express their emotions through looks rather than talking, the love story between Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan’s characters, the importance of music in both his life and on set, and using violence as a tool. He also talked about his next project with Gosling, Only God Forgives, which goes into production in February, and the development of Logan’s Run, for which he says he is close to presenting how he would like to make it to the studio, and what he thinks needs to be done to bring it to the big screen again. Check out what he had to say after the jump: Question: One thing that’s so satisfying about Drive is how much is not said and over-explained. Was it a struggle or fight to pare the script down, in that fashion? NICOLAS REFN: Nope, it came out of me not liking talking. I feel that silence is the greatest word, ever. I just wanted them to look at ...
There are a handful of properties that beg for a remake that haven't found the right combination to get it started. The latest team is star Ryan Gosling and director Nicolas Winding Refn (Bronson), who think they have finally figured out the errors of the previously potential suitors. Since the mid-1990s, the Warner Bros. property has chewed up and spit out every director Joel Silver could attach to the film, including Carl Erik Rinsch in November. The 1976 original directed by Michael Anderson centered on a future society that put an age cap at 30 to help alleviate the threat of overpopulation and limited resources. A Sandman named Logan 5 has spent his entire life chasing down Runners, but suddenly becomes one himself in a mix up. For what Gosling and Refn think is the key to remaking Logan's Run today, hit the jump. The duo sat down with 24 Frames and explained one major diversion that they are making is not strictly following the original film's technology. Said Refn: “Logan's Run is dated in the sense that everything came true. They've been trying to make it for years with the notion of just trying to remake the original movie. And it has to be rethought.” The technology obviously will have to be updated, but Refn isn't just stopping there. He seems to be eyeballing what got them to that point in the first place. "The premise of a society that decides to commit suicide is unique, and I think that's why ...