Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn is one of those “next big director” types that you’ve never really heard about — he directed the well received but little seen Bronson, as well as Valhalla Rising. He was also attached to the hilarious idea of a big-screen version of Jekyll vs. Hyde with Keanu Reeves in the title roles. Here is what Reeves was set to look like as Jekyll, followed by what he would look like as Hyde:
Now, that’s acting!
Anyway, almost gratefully, that project has fallen apart — at least with Refn — thanks to another movie that’s become a higher priority for director — he’ll next be directing Drive, which is about a Hollywood stunt driver, played by Ryan Gosling, who moonlights as a getaway driver. Refn replaced Neil Marshall on that movie, and Gosling replaced Hugh Jackman. The script comes from Hoseein Amini (Four Feathers, The Wings of the Dove), which actually seems like an odd screenwriter for a heist thriller.
Scheduling conflicts forced Refn off of Jekyll, but he’s also scrapped another movie he had planned to make with Harrison Ford, The Dying of the Light, which was to be about a CIA agent who is blinded on his last mission. That one just kind of fell apart.
Elsewhere, Screen Daily is also reporting that Michael Haneke — who makes films for middle-aged masochists (The White Ribbon) — has also scrapped a movie he’d planned to make about old age, because he’d recently seen a movie that explored the same themes. He’s instead decided to make a movie about the Internet. No details have been released about that movie, but I suspect it will suggest that everyone who uses the Internet is a soulless nihilist. Kind of like Haneke.