Posted by LiveFor on February 15, 2010
I think someone may be playing silly buggers with Variety as this story has popped up about Lars Von Trier, Scorsese and De Niro doing a remake of Taxi Driver. One of those stories that is so odd it could well be true.
Berlin and the Internet have been abuzz with rumors of a Martin Scorsese-Robert De Niro-Lars Von Trier collaboration — and, at least for the time being, they appear to be true.
The idea behind the project is similar to the film “The Five Obstructions” that von Trier and Danish helmer Jorgen Leth made in 2003. In that film, von Trier challenged his colleague Leth to do a remake of his own 1967 film “The Perfect Human.” Von Trier gave Leth the task of remaking five times, each time with a different obstacle, such as making the film animated, given by von Trier.
In the new project, von Trier is to challenge Scorsese and De Niro to remake their 1976 classic “Taxi Driver.”
The story took on a life of its own after a Danish newspaper published an interview in which Peter Aalbaeck Jensen, von Trier’s business partner and executive producer, said he could neither confirm nor deny the rumors — “There will be a statement coming shortly,” he said — although another Danish source confirmed the collaboration.
Scorsese is in Berlin to tubthump his thriller “Shutter Island,” which unspooled Saturday night here, while von Trier has driven down from Copenhagen to be a part of the pre-sales meetings of his forthcoming sci-fi film “Melancholia.” That film is to be shot within the forthcoming year, so the Scorsese collaboration would probably have to wait.
Over the weekend, when Scorsese was doing press in Berlin, he did not mention the von Trier project, only known features in preproduction, such as a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s novel “The Invention of Hugo Cabret.”
What do you think? Will this come to pass? What will Von Trier’s Taxi Driver be like?
Check out the LLF retrospective of Scorsese’s career.
UPDATE: Zentropa sources have been busy denying the rumours according to ScreenDaily. “I have seen it [the story] in the Danish film magazine and what is written there is not true,” von Trier’s business partner Peter Aalbaek Jensen told Screen.
Jensen confirmed the directors had met at the Berlinale but said rumours von Trier wanted to re-make Taxi Driver were “rubbish”.
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Posted by LiveFor on November 8, 2009
Fantastic is the word.
Source: Sam Smyth
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Posted by LiveFor on September 13, 2009
I am still not sure if I want to see the film or not, but I think this is a great trailer.
Of course the film is definitely not one for kids.
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Posted by LiveFor on June 18, 2009
Just had to check the date. It is definitely not 1st April so this may in fact be true.
Antichrist is the new movie from Lars Von Trier it was met with laughter and outrage by critics in Cannes.
A couple (Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg) mourning the loss of their child retreat to a cabin in the woods, where they soon encounter strange, terrifying occurrences. Cruelty between the sexes ensues.
Now according to /Film it is being turned into a video game. An article on Politiken.dk (Google translation) announced the games development.
Morten Iversen, who wrote the Hitman games, is listed as ‘game developer’ on the main Zentropa website.
The game, called Eden (which was the name of the cottage in the film) , will be a first-person thriller/adventure game that apparantly invites players to confront their fears. Willem Dafoe is meant to be reprising his role in voice-over, though the game will not replicate the film, picking up afterward instead.
The experience will be “strong and very personal,” “controversial” and that it “…must be your own personal hell – a bit like a nightmare version of Myst. It will also apparantly pull information from the net, such as news reports and videos, and add them to the gaming experience
“They are based on what fears you have (part of the questions you answer before starting the game). So if you suffer from arachnophobia the articles are likely to contain something about spiders and what not.”
Eden will be a PC title, and while early in development is planned for a release within a year, potentially either on the Antichrist DVD or as a download.
It does sound like it could be quite an interesting game, but it doesn seem like an odd film to base it on. Is it real or not? Would you play it?
Discuss in the forum or leave a comment below.
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Posted by LiveFor on May 18, 2009
Antichrist director Lars Von Trier and stars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg went to a press conference to discuss the new film.
As previously mentioned, critics have not enjoyed it. The first question here was “Why did you make this film?” It is all for your viewing pleasure below.
Discuss in the forum
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Posted by LiveFor on May 17, 2009
I had been looking forward to seeing Lars von Trier’s new film, Antichrist. The trailer, posters and photos looked pretty cool and they had an excellent style to them. Plus it was naked people being saucy in a spooky looking woods.
However, the film has been shown at Cannes and it may not be as good as we thought. Here is what Jeffrey Wells over at Hollywood Elsewhere had to say about it.
There’s no way Antichrist isn’t a major career embarassment for costars Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg, and a possible career stopper for Von Trier.
It’s an out-and-out disaster — one of the most absurdly on-the-nose, heavy-handed and unintentionally comedic calamities I’ve ever seen in my life. On top of which it’s dedicated to the late Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky, whose rotted and decomposed body is now quite possibly clawing its way out of the grave to stalk the earth, find an axe and slay Von Trier in his bed.
Here’s a portion of Von Trier’s “director’s confession” from the press book:
“Two years ago I suffered from depression. Everything, no matter what, seems unimportant, trivial. I couldn’t work. Six months later, jsut as an exercise, I wrote a script. It was a kind of therapy, but also a search, a test to see if would ever make another film.
“The script was finished and filmed without much enthusiasm, made as it was using about half of my physical and intellectual capacity. Scenes were added for no reason. Images were composed free of logic or dramatic thinking. They often came from dreams I was having at the time, or dreams I’d had earlier in my life.
“In any case I offer no excuses for Antichrist. Other than my absolute belief in the film — the most important film of my entire career!”
A man whom I’ve admired and respected for many years has lost his mind for the time being, or at last lost it while he was writing and shooting the film.
Have you seen it yet? Do you agree with Mr Wells?
Discuss in the forum
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