Jun 5, 2015

Nicolas Wending Refn Plots Tokyo-Set Spy Movie

It was quite exciting when Drive director Nicolas Wending Refn was briefly attached to make The Equalizer for Sony. That particular flirtation didn't last long, but now the Danish director is plotting an original spy movie of his own... which is even more exciting! Refn told The Collider (via Dark Horizons) that he plans to follow up his Los Angeles-set horror movie The Neon Demon (currently in post-production) with a spy movie set in Tokyo called The Avenging Silence. It will be a thematic mate with some of his previous films. "It’s basically a character that appears in my other movies that will now appear again. Having done The Neon Demon, which was predominantly women protagonists, but the character that Mads [Mikkelsen] plays in Valhalla Rising, Ryan [Gosling] plays him in Drive or Vithaya [Pansringarm] in Only God Forgives, I want to make a new movie with that character." It should be noted that those movies aren't direct sequels to one another, but thematically linked by male protagonists (or antagonists, in the case of Only God Forgives) prone to few words, but, somewhat reluctantly, capable of great violence. Refn hasn't decided for sure that this will be his next movie, but he's leaning towards it. I'm a big fan of Refn's work, and, personally, I would love to see a Tokyo-set spy movie in the vein of Drive!

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