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The Yorkshire Ripper Gets His Zodiac

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 11, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 11, 2010 |

Fans of David Fincher’s phenomenal Zodiac are likely to be drawn to the Red Riding trilogy of movies, which will soon be distributed in the United States by IFC. The trilogy of films premiered at the Telluride Film Festival and generated enough buzz that Columbia purchased the remake rights and put Steve Zaillian (A Civil Action, Schindler’s List) to work adapting them, possibly for Ridley Scott.

The three movies — written by Tony Grisoni, adapted from novels from David Peace — were directed by Julian Jarrold (Brideshead Revisited), James Marsh (Man on Wire), and Anand Tucker (Shopgirl), and I only have reservations about the last, because Tucker also directed Leap Year (something I couldn’t bring myself to mention in the review). Better yet, the trilogy stars David Morrissey, Sean Bean, and one of the most underappreciated actors around, Paddy Considine.

The neo-noir trilogy, based on true events, explores the investigation into the Yorkshire Ripper killings in England in the seventies and eighties. It’s a hefty time commitment (and one that you’ll probably only get a chance to commit to in LA and NY theaters, though it will unspool on IFC On Demand simultaneously) but — even downplaying the trailer blurbs — it looks captivating, and is even filmed in a style associated with ’70s flicks like Serpico and All the King’s Men.

For a short trailer that’s supposed to brief you on three movies, this one is surprisingly effective, even if the movie poster is not.

Here’s the poster, followed by the trailer. Look for the movie on February 5th.


Has anyone over in the UK seen the trilogy? Thoughts?

(Hat Tip: Tris)

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