Two via the all-knowing Twitch: "Les PoupÃ©es Russes," a sequel to "gaze at us, the hot, promising young stars of Europe" film (we’re snotty, but it actually was charming) "L’Auberge Espagnole," is opening in France and Switzerland on June 15. And apparently New Regency is close to signing a deal to remake Thai horror film "Shutter," which has yet to secure a US distributor despite good word of mouth from film festivals.
Despite the West’s current infatuation with Asian remakes, sometimes the remake river does run backwards (oh, fuck off, you try coming up with a graceful metaphor there). CRI reports that John Woo, who’s currently sitting on the Palme d’Or jury at Cannes, is planning to remake Jean-Pierre Melville’s classic noir "Le Cercle Rouge," the first of a series of French remakes being made in cooperation with StudioCanal.
StudioCanal’s also involved with the upcoming project that’s making cinÃ©astes quiver like underdressed schoolgirls: David Lynch‘s new film, "Inland Empire," the details of which are being kept from everyone, including buyers at Cannes they’re trying to interest in the film. Says one: "It’s about a film within a film. There’s nothing to see, there’s no script." Even the posters have been kept covered on the Croisette, due to be unveiled today.
Via Empire, promising Brit director Shane Meadows, whose "Dead Man’s Shoes" generated great buzz on the international festival circuit but has yet to land a US distributor (as far as we’ve heard), is planning to next make "Oi! This Is England," about the white supremacist National Front party.
Finally, something we found at the Alternative Film Guide: Jim Gilliam, who produced several of Robert Greenwald‘s political docs, will make his directorial debut with "Church 2.0," "a documentary about how the evangelical church is adapting and thriving in the 21st century."
+ New Regency Buying Rights to Shutter (Twitch)
+ Les PoupÃ©es Russes (The Russian Dolls) (Twitch)
+ John Woo to Remake "Le Cercle Rouge" (CRI)
+ Lynch’s ‘Empire’ backed by StudioCanal (H’wood Reporter)
+ Dead Manâ€™s Jackboots (Empire)
+ Allen Stars with Johansson in Next Project (ComingSoon)
+ Church 2.0 (Jim Gilliam)