Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn Apparently Also Wanted to Direct ‘Doctor Who’

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick July 6, 2016 @ 1:18 PM
BBC / FilmDistrict
It’s starting to seem as if The Neon Demon director Nicolas Winding Refn makes more headlines for the projects he doesn’t do, like Spectre or a potential Batgirl movie, and it seems we can add Doctor Who to the pile. Refn had apparently been turned down for directing an episode of the BBC staple, apart from his own designs on a movie.

Nicolas Winding Refn Says He Turned Down the Chance to Direct ‘Spectre’

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by Matt Singer July 5, 2016 @ 2:32 PM
FilmDistrict
It can seem these days like people only make indie movies for the chance to direct blockbusters. Somebody makes a little Sundance movie with a little buzz and suddenly they’re directing the next Jurassic Park or Rocky or Godzilla. Nicolas Winding Refn is one of the few indie filmmakers who has, to date, avoided the temptation to go big. After the cult success of Drive, he had his opportunity to make the jump to the mainstream. And he flirted with some Hollywood projects; for a time, he was attached to the remake of Logan’s Run with Drive star Ryan Gosling. But nothing ever materialized, and Refn continued making stranger and more personal films, with 2013’s Only God Forgives and his latest film, The Neon Demon.

Nicolas Winding Refn Would Love to Direct a ‘Batgirl’ Movie

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by Matthew Monagle June 26, 2016 @ 12:34 PM
We often take it for granted that our most idiosyncratic artists want no part of the commercial side of Hollywood, but every now and then, someone comes along and changes our minds. Sometimes a filmmaker grew up on the same commercial movies that we all used to love; sometimes they just want to try their hand at working with big casts and even bigger budgets. And sometimes, they just think it would be a blast.

‘The Neon Demon’ Review: Beauty and Brains From the Director of ‘Drive’

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by Britt Hayes June 24, 2016 @ 10:16 AM
Amazon Studios
There’s a moment early on in The Neon Demon, in which a fantastically icy Abbey Lee tells Elle Fanning’s doe-eyed aspiring model the first thing women notice about other women. Basically it’s: “Who is she f—ing? Could I f— them? How high can she climb? And is it higher than me?" It’s the closest thing to a thesis statement you’ll find in Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film, a stylishly surreal effort that’s equal parts deranged fairy tale and devious satire, where all that glitters is ultimately cold.

‘The Neon Demon’ Red Band Trailer: Elle Fanning Is a Dangerous Girl

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by Britt Hayes April 17, 2016 @ 3:44 PM
The first trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon debuted a few days ago, but if you've been itching to see more footage from the Drive director's avant garde horror flick, there's good news for you. This UK red band trailer is a little shorter, but it does offer brief glimpses of additional scenes, as well as a quick cameo from Keanu Reeves — who very clearly does not like whatever it is that he sees.

‘The Neon Demon’ Reveals New Image and Fantastic Posters From Nicolas Winding Refn’s Latest

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by Britt Hayes April 10, 2016 @ 2:20 PM
Amazon
One of our most anticipated films of the year is The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn’s long-awaited follow-up to Only God Forgives. From the handful of images we’ve seen, the avant garde horror flick definitely appears to be in keeping with Refn’s more recent aesthetic. While we anxiously await word of an official release date, two fantastic posters and a new image of Elle Fanning have debuted online, appropriately maintaining that high-fashion, neon-drenched, foreboding atmosphere.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s Hennessy Commercial Is Exactly What You’d Expect

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by Charles Bramesco March 16, 2016 @ 11:08 AM
Even for a big-name auteur, there’s no shame in directing a commercial every now and then. Martin Scorsese shilled for casinos in Macau, David Lynch repped Calvin Klein, and Wes Anderson’s probably enjoying a lifetime supply of Stella Artois right about now. It’s a nice fat paycheck, and an easy way to keep busy between jobs. Nicolas Winding Refn has never been shy about corporate partnerships, agreeing to a spot for Gucci featuring Blake Lively, not to mention those stylish but inscrutable Lincoln advertisements with koan-dispensing Matthew McConaughey. Refn has now gotten back in the commercial game while his latest feature The Neon Demon (which, how has that not been the title of any of his films until now?) awaits release with a new spot for Hennessy.

Nicolas Winding Refn Teams With ‘James Bond’ Writers for Asian Action Thriller

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by Britt Hayes January 30, 2016 @ 12:18 PM
FilmDistrict
Nicolas Winding Refn is currently in post-production on his next stylish thriller, The Neon Demon, which hits theaters this year and boasts an incredible cast, including Drive star Christina Hendricks. But the ever-busy director is already lining up his next project, which will team him with two of the writers behind the James Bond franchise and take him back to Asia, the setting of his divisive thriller Only God Forgives.

Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’ Picked Up by Amazon for 2016 Release

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by Britt Hayes November 8, 2015 @ 11:42 AM
Amazon
Nicolas Winding Refn’s highly-anticipated follow-up to the divisive Only God Forgives began filming this year in Los Angeles, and while there’s been a considerable amount of interest in The Neon Demon, it’s taken a while for a studio to snatch up the distribution rights. Amazon has stepped forward, adding Refn’s latest to their growing slate of exclusive releases and giving the film a 2016 release date. In addition, we have a new photo from the upcoming film, featured above.