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'The Machinist' Director Brad Anderson Is Looking For A 'Restart'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 19, 2013 3:01 PM
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Yeah, that headline is a bit snarky for a reason. When "The Machinist" arrived in 2004, it became an almost instant cult favorite and put director Brad Anderson on the map. But since then, he's yet to have a project match that level of acclaim (there's a reason all his new projects are always listed as "from the director of 'The Machinist' "). Let's face it, that Christian Bale flick hasn't aged very well (though the actor's transformation is still impressive) and Anderson hasn't really had the best trajectory either, going from the somewhat starry "Transsiberian," to the forgotten "The Vanishing On 7th Street" to what must be a nadir with this spring's "The Call." Sure, he's helmed some TV in between – "Fringe," "Boardwalk Empire" – but we're nearly a decade on from "The Machinist" folks....

Karl Urban & Minka Kelly Join J.J. Abrams' Robot Cops TV Show 'Human'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • March 13, 2013 1:39 PM
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We’ll never be able to comprehend just how he finds the time, but every week it sounds like we’re reading about another J.J Abrams project, so it's very easy to lose track of them all. One of his TV projects -- which formerly went by the title of “Inhuman,” but is now going simply by “Human” – is busy casting its pilot for Fox at the moment, and it looks like Karl Urban will be joining the already-cast Michael Ealy as one of the leads.

Watch: Halle Berry Is A 911 Operator In Trailer For 'The Machinist' Director Brad Anderson's 'The Call'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 11, 2013 1:23 PM
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Okay, can we say that whatever good will Brad Anderson had from the (somewhat overrated) "The Machinist" has now officially evaporated? Since then, he's delivered "Transsiberian" and "Vanishing On 7th Street," but mostly worked in TV.  And now he has teamed up with WWE (yes, the wrestling company) for "The Call" (formerly "The Hive"). And it's a movie that looks so cheap, we're surprised it's getting a theatrical release.

'The Machinist' Helmer Brad Anderson Replaces Oren Peli On 'Eliza Graves'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • November 2, 2012 2:24 PM
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Oren Peli announced himself as a genre director to watch after he caught Steven Spielberg’s attention and delivered the stripped back, franchise-launching “Paranormal Activity” in 2007. But since then Peli has only taken on director’s duties once more (on the forthcoming “Area 51”) and has instead seen his focus shift primarily to producing and writing. And that’s a trend that seems set to continue after departing the director’s chair on the Edgar Allen Poe project, “Eliza Graves.”

Guess They Saw 'Trespass': Joel Schumacher Replaced By 'Machinist' Director Brad Anderson On 'The Hive'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 4, 2012 8:59 AM
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Hot off the heels of delivering one of 2011's biggest turkeys, the almost-direct-to-video Nicolas Cage/Nicole Kidman home invasion thriller "Trespass," Joel Schumacher has been removed from the Troika Pictures' thriller "The Hive" and replaced by "The Machinist" helmer Brad Anderson, reports Variety. This should surprise exactly no one.

Sales Poster For 'Concrete Island,' Christian Bale's Reunion With 'Machinist' Director Brad Anderson

  • By Simon Dang
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  • October 13, 2011 2:05 AM
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Earlier this year it was revealed that Christian Bale was planning a reunion with the writing and directing duo of Brad Anderson and Scott Kosar from 2003's "The Machinist," for an adaptation of J.G. Ballard's urban thriller "Concrete Island."

Christian Bale Set To Reunite With Brad Anderson For Adaptation Of J.G. Ballard's 'Concrete Island'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 9, 2011 1:59 AM
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'Machinist' Reunion Complete With Scribe Scott Kosar Also On Board We won't make the mistake of calling Christian Bale's cinematic weight loss/gain history his "trademark" or "a gimmick" but the actor now looks set to reunite with Brad Anderson, the director of the film which arguably began his run of intense physical preparation for roles, "The Machinist."

Liev Schreiber & Samuel L. Jackson Circle Brad Anderson's 'Jack'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 29, 2010 9:36 AM
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Last spring, a new film from "Machinist" director Brad Anderson was announced. Titled, "Jack," the project had John Cusack set to star in the film that told the story of a doctor who falls in love with the titular character who they have been assigned to rehabilitate after an accident. When memories begin to surface of his murderous past though, the man must decide whether to make a new start with his new love or embrace the killer within.

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