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Dakota Fanning Goes Punk Again In 'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo's English Language Feature Debut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2013 12:13 PM
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After breaking through internationally with 2011's "Miss Bala," Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo hasn't been in a big hurry to break into Hollywood. While earlier this year he replaced Joe Carnahan on the brewing "Death Wish" remake, his most recent work has been on the FX series "The Bridge," where he directed the pilot episode. But it looks like his next feature is brewing, and it's unsurprisingly one that will have a bit of grit to it.

Watch: Trailer For Gerardo Naranjo-Directed FX Series 'The Bridge' With Demian Bichir & Diane Kruger

  • By Ben Brock
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  • May 16, 2013 12:15 PM
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Trailers for the networks' fall shows are upon us (more on that later today), and here's a daring direction for a new show: a remake of a Scandinavian crime drama! No but really, FX's “The Bridge,” a trailer for which just arrived on Indiewire, looks interesting: a police procedural featuring the police of two different countries working on the same case, after a body turns up at a Texan border crossing between the US and Mexico.

'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo Replaces Joe Carnahan on 'Death Wish' Remake

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 3:18 PM
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For a few weeks now, the remake of "Death Wish" has been without a director. "The Grey"'s Joe Carnahan had been developing the remake of the 1974 revenge thriller (which starred Charles Bronson, and was directed by the later Michael Winner) for some time, but couldn't come to an agreement with MGM and Paramount over the lead -- the filmmaker was long thought to have wanted to cast rising actor Frank Grillo, while the backers were said to want Bruce Willis -- and he departed the project last month.

Diane Kruger To Star In FX pilot 'The Bridge,' 'Miss Bala' Helmer Gerardo Naranjo To Direct; Plus Trailer For 'Special Forces'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 4:58 PM
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Certainly, Hollywood sat up and took notice of Gerardo Naranjo when he dropped into Cannes in 2011 with the gritty thriller "Miss Bala," and promptly blew some minds. Since then, he's lined up a number of projects, including the romantic drama "The Mountain Between Us" with Michael Fassbender and the political thriller "A Man Must Die." But it looks like before he gets to either of those, he's going to take a quick detour into TV first, and work with another international star in the process.

'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo Lines Up Political Thriller 'A Man Must Die'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 13, 2012 11:34 AM
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While Gerardo Naranjo was known on the arthouse scene mostly for his 2008 effort "Voy a explotar," it was last year's "Miss Bala" that brought him to worldwide attention. His breathless thriller, set among the drug war in Mexico, showed a director with a kinetic flair for action, and sensitive and complex touch for character, in one of the breakout highlights at Cannes. It didn't take long for Hollywood to come knocking, and earlier this year, he lined up the survival tale/love story "The Mountain Between Us" at Fox, with Michael Fassbender attached to star. And now another studio is tapping his talent for a new project.

'Miss Bala' Director Gerardo Naranjo In Talks For Fox Romantic Drama 'The Mountain Between Us'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 2, 2012 6:06 PM
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According to Deadline, Gerardo Naranjo, who recently directed the outrageously tense drug world thriller "Miss Bala" (Mexico's Best Foreign Language Film entry), is being tapped for a big Fox romantic drama "The Mountain Between Us," making it his studio (and English language) debut.

Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' & "Intelligent Action Films"

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 18, 2012 10:56 AM
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Aside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, and it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

LFF '11: Gerardo Naranjo On Innocence, The Genesis Of 'Miss Bala' And 'Intelligent Action Movies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 28, 2011 5:48 AM
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Plus, More From The Director And The Film's Star Stephanie SigmanAside from Steven Soderbergh's "Traffic" over a decade ago, there haven't been a lot of decent movies focusing on the drug trade just over the border. Sure, the cartels crop up from time to time, but mostly in villains in dumb action movies, but it feels like quite a while since we've had a really smart, incisive look at that terrifying world.

Cannes Review: 'Miss Bala' A Visceral, Layered Look At The Mexican War On Drugs

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 14, 2011 3:23 AM
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Cinema, television and even the music world have always had a somewhat romantic notion of the drug trade. Guys like Scarface and Omar from "The Wire" are seen as badasses making their way, while hip-hop has a whole sub-genre dedicated to raps about slinging crack. And while in our homes and on our iPods it may seem far away or even harmless, in Mexico, they are in the midst of a very real war. The statistics are staggering -- 36,000 dead from 2006-2011 including women and children -- and the economics moreso. $25-40 billion is generated by drugs alone; the crime lords definitely have a vested (and violent) interest in keeping their business going. But unlike movies, music and TV, in the real world, no one just decides one day they are going to get in the game -- sometimes you just end up there. And as we learn from "Miss Bala," once you're in, getting out is nearly impossible.

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