Old Boy


Since news is pretty slow after the summer months (since everyone goes on vacation after their vacation), the biggest announcement isn’t really news at all. It’s more of a dartboard for movie fans to throw sharp objects at, but that definitely has its place in our wonderful world of speculation. So put on your opinion hats, and let ‘er rip. According to Variety, Christian Bale has avoided choosing a project to work on after The Dark Knight Rises because he wanted to focus all of his energies on playing Bruce Wayne one last time. However, there’s also a list of movies that have their doors open to the actor: Clint Eastwood’s re-remake of A Star is Born starring Beyonce Knowles (Harry’s younger sister) Michael Mann’s securities exchange fraud drama Gold Spike Lee’s Old Boy remake Scott Cooper’s 1970s revenge throwback Out of the Furnace Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah There’s no information beyond that, and it’s perfectly possible that Bale could pass on all of these projects in order to opt for something else, but given the list here, what movie would you rather see him in? My money’s on his beard-growing ability for Noah, but Variety’s announcement also ignores reports that Bale will be teaming up again with Terrance Malick. That could take years, but it’s at least something solid. What do you think? Where does Bale fit best?



Before you throw your computer at your television and yell, “Aww, hell naw!” take a moment to ponder the existence of an Old Boy remake/new manga adaptation that doesn’t at all, in any way, star Will Smith. Seriously. That equipment is expensive. Calm down. Even without Will Smith, the prospect of a remake isn’t a pleasant one, so keep your fingers crossed that this remains a rumor. Pajiba has the inside scoop that I Am Legend writer Mark Protosevich’s pass at a script is into the studio, they like it, and that Mandate is attempting to get Spielberg back on board. If this is true, and if they can’t get Spielberg, the secondary rumor is that they’ll try to put the hammer in Danny Boyle’s hands. Boyle might be a strong choice, even if Spielberg doesn’t shy away from violence the way people seem to think he does. Either way, while this all shakes out, I’ll be watching Chan-wook Park’s version on the television I didn’t destroy earlier.



Some of the best revenge films manage to mess with that formula in creative and startling ways, but originality isn’t always a necessity. Sometimes you just need a grieving, cat-eyed father who knows how to handle a gun and cook a mean plate of pasta. Welcome to Johnnie To’s Vengeance.



Just over 3,000 films were released in the past ten years. Instead of sleeping, Neil and Cole (with the help of a supercomputer) whittle that list down to the best 1%.



Word on the web is that the answer to that question is a big old fat “Hell, Yeah!”



This week’s Foreign Objects takes a look at one of the best revenge films ever made, one of the few films guaranteed to be on any list ranking revenge movies… heck, I can’t even imagine someone putting together a Best Revenge Film list without this one ranking fairly high. Yeah. That’d be crazy.



Danny Boyle is currently riding high on the release of his latest film, Slumdog Millionaire, and he stopped by Empire Magazine to promote it even more. While there he took part in a web chat answering questions from fans online.



Steven Spielberg is apparently in the process of acquiring the remake rights for Dreamworks, in the hopes of directing the film with Will Smith as the star.


Charlize Theron gets set to star in the American remake of the 2004 Cannes Grand Jury Prize winner.

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