13: Game of Death

Mark Webber

According to Variety, Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs The World, The End of Love) is in talks to star in Daniel Stamm‘s (The Last Exorcism) remake of 13: Game of Death. With the prospect of getting a shiny new lead, the movie has been picked up by Dimension Films and is being called Angry Little God. Stamm is an exciting new talent that delivered a great twist on found footage and exorcisms, but its his first film – A Necessary Death – that really proves how incendiary his vision is. The movie he’ll be remaking came from Thailand (and was distributed by Dimension Extreme appropriately enough). It features a young man who answers his phone and is drawn slowly into a violent game show which tests his personal and ethical limits. As previously mentioned – it’s a flick whose themes will mesh well with American sensibilities, particularly the joy of “real people” becoming celebrities and/or doing outrageous things for money. With Webber, the project now has an excellent anchor. Unfortunately, the danger with Dimension is that they could see it to the finish line only to place it on a shelf and dust it off every so often. Let’s cross our fingers that this one has the freedom to make it to theaters in all its twisted glory.

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Daniel Stamm‘s A Necessary Death is like a shot of whiskey that’s easy to pour but not easy to drink. His directorial debut (which won him the job for The Last Exorcism) follows a film student making a documentary about a man preparing for, and going through with, his suicide. It’s difficult territory to be certain, but it’s handled with grace, humor, and more than a few touching moments which make the horror of the inevitable and the twisting emotions growing in the film crew that much harder to handle. It’s an excellent movie, and Stamm joins us to delve deeper into its creation (and audience’s reactions). Download Episode #138

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13 Game of Death

For the unlucky who haven’t see it, 13: Game of Death is an incredibly clever Thai movie that features a down-on-his-luck-in-every-aspect-of-his-life guy who agrees to participate in a reality game show using his cell phone. All he has to do is kill a fly. Then perform another task. And another. Thirteen in all, with each becoming more bizarre and threatening than the last. It’s a fantastic exploration of what we’ll do to get money (and the spotlight), and now an English-language remake is moving forward with director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcist, A Necessary Death). “What we’re doing with it . . . I’m just so damned proud of this script,” said Stamm who co-wrote the new take with David Birke (who also helped rewrite Last Exorcism and is writing the English-language version of Livid). “[We're working with] really smart people that are actually excited to take risks, which, if you take on – you know 13 – that’s not a very American audience-friendly movie inherently. It’s very Asian. It’s very dark. It doesn’t really care to make the protagonist a very nice guy to begin with…you have to tweak certain things but to keep the soul alive.”

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