"The long wait is over: Martin Koolhoven started yesterday the shooting of his new film Brimstone. It is the first time since Winter War (2008) Koolhoven back on a film set. He has gathered an impressive cast. Besides veteran Carice van Houten (their fourth collaboration) Brimstone's cast includes such stars as Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Guy Pierce.
About the extraordinary of script of his new film Koolhoven said: "I think this is the best scenario I've ever filmed". He describes the project as "It's like nothing you know".
The locations for Brimstone were found in Canada and Germany. Producer Els Vandevorst for N279 Productions.
The film, written and directed by Koolhoven and produced by Els Vandervorst of N279 Productions, stars Guy Pearce, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Carice van Houten and is set to commence shooting in Germany and Spain in June 2015 with a second period of shooting in Romania later in the year.
Brimstone is a triumphant epic of survival, set in the searing wilds of the badlands, the menacing inferno of the Old American West. It is a tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a Hell on earth.
Set against the backdrop of the late 19th Century frontier territory lawlessness, this is a powerful epic thriller with a compelling story and an engaging central female character on a life-threatening mission to escape from, and exact revenge upon, an enigmatic, evil preacher. It is a dark tale, but gripping and emotionally fulfilling.
NSF’s Managing Director, Nicki Hattingh, said; “We are absolutely thrilled to be involved in the financing of such a wonderful project. The script is compelling, engaging and holds the reader captive with unexpected twists and turns during the tense and thrilling roller-coaster ride through the Wild West. We are fortunate and delighted to be working with such a charismatic and brilliant cast and very much look forward to seeing the film evolve from script to screen.”
Question: "How is it to be photographed? Do you like it?" Rob: "I’m very bad at that. There was a time when the first Twilight movie was released, I wanted to show a certain profile. When you can control it it’s fine, but when they photograph you all the time, you lose control. Suddenly you are afraid and you become an introvert. At the moment I’m in that phase “Don’t take any pictures of me!” Question: "How do you feel when your personal life is projected like a soap-opera?" Rob: "It’s weird. Although I have made huge efforts not to talk about my personal life it made no difference. They just made various things up. When you are part of a story, an article someone else writes you can’t do anything about it. Even when they don’t take photos of you, they simply use old photos. Last year I was thinking about the fact that they didn't take any photos anymore, so they wouldn't write stories about me anymore, because the public wouldn't be interested in an article without a photograph."
Question: "Do you not have anyone with you? Friend or family?" Rob: "Yes, some take their friends and family with them. My friends and family have their jobs. But I wouldn’t want them with me anyway. It’s a sure way to destroy a friendship. It’s like you say to your friend: “Come and be my assistant!”
Question: "And how did you stay psychologically sane?" Rob: "I think I have gone crazy…." (laughs)
Q: Lost City of Z is as close as we’re hearing? A: Z? Yes, absolutely. I’ve been on a scout. Pre-production should start sometime in the first week of June. I’m extremely excited about it. It’s very different from anything I’ve done — and yet, of course, the same. I have very, very high hopes for it. Principal photography, I believe, will start on August 8, although it depends on when Charlie Hunnam will finish King Arthur, which is what he’s doing now; if that finishes on schedule, that’s when I will begin. It shoots in the U.K. and Columbia, probably.
Q: What feeling do you have when on the cusp of starting a production? Is there a lot of anxiety, or is it mostly pure anticipation? A: Well, it’s almost exclusively terror. It’s funny: I don’t actually derive much pleasure from making a movie. I derive a lot of pleasure from having made a film. I’m very excited; it’s going to be a huge challenge. But I’m very scared, and I’m under no illusions that I’m going to go to the jungle and have a great time and it’s going to have a party. I mean, it’s going to be an epic struggle, and I’m going to try and do my very best. I have many, many ideas. The project’s been gestating for a long time, and, in some respects, that’s a challenge in and of itself, because you have many, many ideas, and you want to make sure the project has a unity and a singularity and a uniqueness and a consistency. So, if it’s gestating for a long time, you worry that you won’t have that.
Focus Features is in final talks to to prebuy U.S. rights to Harmony Korine's The Trap, a revenge tale set against the backdrop of the Miami music scene starring Idris Elba as a gangster rap artist and Benicio Del Toro as his best friend who took the fall for a robbery the duo committed years earlier. Elba is attached to replace Jamie Foxx, with Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson and James Franco also in final talks to join the cast. In The Trap, written by Korine, Rico is at the top of his career and about to enjoy a triumphant night at the Grammy Awards when Slim (Del Toro) is released from prison after 14 years. Slim is determined to exact revenge after learning that Rico not only achieved fame and fortune but also married his girlfriend and raised Slim's son as his own. Slim's plot includes recruiting a crew of Uzi-wielding surfers led by Max (Pattinson), as well as enlisting the help of Rico's cocaine-happy manager (Franco). Pacino plays Slim's parole officer.
Several excerpts from Rob' interview to Yahoo!Singapore:
"Q: How did you relate to Dennis Stock and his work as a photographer?
PATTINSON: What fascinated me was that he was an artist who was struggling with living up to his own expectations of what he should be doing as an artist. He doesn't feel he's accomplishing enough or doing the kind of work he wants to be doing. I've spent a long time dealing with the same kind of issues and trying to attain goals that I've set for myself and wanting to do the best work possible. I'm still very driven to do work that challenges me.
Q: Did you go through a James Dean phase in your younger days?
PATTINSON: (Laughs) I think almost every actor has a moment in their live when they are either obsessing over James Dean or trying to imitate some aspect of his personality or his acting style. I was a fan of his even before I wanted to become an actor. We all want to look as cool as he did although it's pretty much impossible! (Laughs) I admire his work greatly although I don't think I'm anything like him and I wouldn't dare to compare myself to him.
Q: Would you have wanted to play Dean yourself?
PATTINSON: No! I wouldn't have dared. And I think Dane (DeHaan) does a brilliant job.
Next spring Martin Koolhoven – finally – begins with the shooting of his highly anticipated new film Brimstone. The 45-year-old Dutchman wrote the script for the “violent and epic thriller” himself and managed to get Hollywood stars Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce for the main roles. Filmpjekijken.com invited Koolhoven to a lunch with the hope to get some more news about his international debut.
Q: What kind of movie is it going to be? A: It is going to be an epic film set in different time periods. A dark and violent story, but also a juicy adventure. In terms of story I dare say there is no movie like Brimstone, it doesn’t resemble anything you’ve already seen. Told in a way you’ve never seen before. It’s not a classic western, but only takes place in the same time, at the end of the 19th century, set in the western United States. Though it retains certain elements of earlier films. The Night of the Hunter, to name but a few, for example, have been a source of inspiration for me. For the first time I have written something that really really suits me and the kind of movie I want to make. But it’s also a movie I don’t really see happen in a Dutch setting.
THE TRAP Genre: Thriller Director(s): Harmony Korine Screenplay/Writer(s): Harmony Korine Producer(s): John Lesher, Charles-Marie Anthonioz, MARC SCHMIDHEINY, CHRISTOPH DANIEL Cast: Benicio Del Toro, Idris Elba, Al Pacino, James Franco, Robert Pattinson Delivery Status: In Production Year: 2015 Countries of Origin: USA
Released from prison after 14 years, a criminal seeks revenge against his best friend who stole his gangster persona to win fame and fortune.
Translation of the interview (Google Translation):
- It is not easy if you are a young American to make a film that takes place in France in 1919. This is his dream project and is about the diplomatic negotiations after the First World War, says Helena Danielsson, who three years ago was awarded the fine producer price in Prix Eurimages is the European equivalent of the Oscar.
She came in in “The Childhood of a Leader” project when the whole film work had stalled and it was difficult to fix financing. For the major US film studios, the film was too small.
– It’s a little bit about how to look at problems. I was passionate about the movie and saw that I was able to find ways of financing outside the system. They had to be slick, says Helena Danielsson.
- We are aiming high and hope that we manage to clear the Venice Film Festival.
The director was ready to mount his first American-financed film, the crime story “Idol’s Eye” starring Robert Pattinson, Robert De Niro, and Rachel Weisz, when financiers Benaroya Pictures pulled out at the last minute. The reasons that the film shut down at the time were somewhat cryptic, but obviously creatively and financially motivated. At the time, Benaroya released a statement that claimed “the criteria for financing" was "not being met by producers,” and that they had “[missed] a number of financing criteria deadlines.” Thus, the company felt at risk and pulled the plug. Asssayas and his producers never really had their chance to respond, so when talking to the filmmaker last week about “Clouds Of Sils Maria,” we had to ask. “It was a horror,” Assayas said. “A long painful horror story. Let’s just say that did it put me off being involved with these kinds of projects in any kind of way in the foreseeable future.”
The official information from the production and snippets from other places about the story of The Childhood Of A Leader.
"Directing debut of Brady Corbet about an American family of three who settle into the French countryside on the outskirts of Paris, 1918-1919. The Father, working under President Wilson’s Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, spends his days away from the family’s new home preparing for the Paris Peace Negotiations post-World War I. Waiting for him at home are his devoutly religious wife and their child, a somewhat precocious and defiant seven-year-old boy. The naive politics of the era, which inadvertently paved the way for fascist uprising in Europe, is the backdrop for the story of a boy coming to terms with his beliefs and the changing world around him. What chronicles from initially insignificant acts to a series of increasingly violent outbursts, demonstrates the Child’s penchant for political protest as we witness the very birth of an ego. The film is loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th century."
"This chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century tells the story of a young American boy living in France in 1918 whose father is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mould his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego.Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil."
Brady Corbet in Indiewire:
"I have intentionally not revealed the identity of the character. And it’s a funny thing because it’s not for the reasons that people think. One thing I will happily tell everybody is that the character is not Hitler [laughs]. And the character is not Mussolini. It’s someone else. And there’s the dramatic event where you learn who this person is and that’s something I want to save for people. Robert Pattinson is not playing Hitler as you now know [laughs]. I’ll go on the record saying that.”
Q: You and Robert Pattinson have developed an interesting creative partnership. You’re a bit of an odd couple.
A: We are. Well, first of all, I think he’s a really good actor, and I think he was an underrated actor because of the stiffness and silliness of Twilight and those characters in it. But seeing other work that he had done and seeing that he was a serious actor and looking for challenges, and wasn’t trying to “manage his image” as a star, was attractive to me. And, of course, being such a big celebrity is helpful because it will help your film get financed, but the charisma that made him work so well as Edward Cullen is something you want in a movie like Cosmopolis where he’s in every scene in the movie. You need someone who’s infinitely watchable. But once you’re on the set, he’s just a sweetheart. Totally professional, really accessible, and funny. And a terrific actor.<....>
Q: Twilight also had a strange chastity/sex is evil message.
A: Yeah. And you can be sure that Rob was aware of all those things. He’s very well-read, and very well-versed in cinema—which I’m not sure his fans know. He was very hyper-aware of all those things surrounding those movies.
There are a few new details about the movie, as well as the first movie sketch that was released with the interview.
The time is right for Westerns in Hollywood right now, after the success of movies like True Grit by the Coen brothers and Django Unchained by Tarantino. European-american western hybrids are popular as well.
After 3 years of writing the result was script of Brimstone, about a woman who at the end of the 19th century is haunted by an obsessed priest in the Wild West.
Koolhoven: ‘Most important was that the people were going to read my script. I needed help with that. I had no idea how it all worked in Holywood and my name doesn’t mean a lot there [yet].’
In november the buzz started. Koolhoven: ‘It was enthusiastic, the script started a buzz in Hollywood. Guy Pearce really wanted the part. An amazing actor, and it really helps that everyone enjoys working with him. He knows Pattinson from The Rover, and Pattinson again knows Wasikowska from Maps to the Stars. Not that that’s why I chose them, but they’re all very down to earth. At the end you are in each others space for a few months in the middle of nowhere.’
When last weekend the news was released that teen idol Robert Pattinson was taking part in the Brimstone, Koolhoven got a few hundred ‘rather abundant’ twitter followers extra.
Pattinson, known for his part as the swoon worthy vampire Edward Cullen from the Twilight saga, plays the part of an outlaw in ‘just one of the 4 chapters’ of Brimstone according to Koolhoven: the lead parts are for Mia Wasikowska and Guy Pearce and is particularly favored to cast as a movie villain.
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