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Nicolas Winding Refn's "All-Female Horror" Film 'I Walk With The Dead' Gets A Writer

by Kevin Jagernauth
October 21, 2013 1:15 PM
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Having learned that anything he says could potentially be a headline, Nicolas Winding Refn has become cagier about whatever prospective project he has brewing. And thus, it's no surprise then that, badass title aside, details on "I Walk With The Dead" have been fairly scarce. At one point, it was described as a movie with "lots of sex" and with Carey Mulligan attached, and Miami as the setting for the movie. Earlier this year, he confirmed with us that Mulligan was still attached, but that he was still working on the script. And now, it turns out he's brought in someone to help him out.

The London Evening Standard reveals that playwright Polly Stenham has been enlisted to write the script for the movie, which is now being called an "all-female horror." And it seems with this film, Refn wants to counter some of the criticism he's received along the way. “He’s got a lot of stick for doing films some people think are violently misogynistic,” Stenham said. “So he approached me with the idea of doing something different.”

The writer also added, when asked whether it'll be more cerebral or viscerally violent, that “It’s going to have a bit of everything.” But when will we actually see this? It seems that it's still a bit of way off if a script is still being together. 

But, as usual, Refn has a few fires cooking including the Tokyo-set "The Avenging Silence" and the sci-fi series "Barbarella," both of which he addresses in our most recent chat with him.

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  • Duder NME | October 22, 2013 4:19 AMReply

    Refn will already have to comparatively compete with The Descent, to those who are unable to criticize a film on its own merits.

  • loudrockmusic | October 21, 2013 5:09 PMReply


  • Angela | October 21, 2013 1:50 PMReply

    As one of those people who finds his films misogynistic, I think this is a more promising step, and it would certainly interest me more than his other work. Given that it's apparently a horror film, it'll probably have plenty of dead women or violence against women, though, and with his track record, I remain a little skeptical that he could pull it off, but seeing as he's getting a female writer, perhaps it could work. Anything with an all or majority lady cast has my attention.

  • nightgoat72 | October 23, 2013 10:50 PM

    Refn is not a misogynist, and none of his films are misogynistic, especially Only God Forgives. Regarding OGF specifically, the misogyny claim is a knee-jerk reaction people have because of the prostitutes, violence directed at women, and the nature of Kristin Scott Thomas's character. I can see why people would get confused, but they should be looking more closely at what he's exploring thematically; there's a reason all of his films so far have been so male-centric. Refn has been exploring, deconstructing, and critiquing the societal myth of masculinity for years now, and he's done it most cuttingly in OGF, which also casts a very critical eye on society's sexist perpetuation of harmful gender roles (evidenced beautifully in the brothel scene when the men are told to "take a good look" at a scene of horrible violence, whereas the women are instructed to "close their eyes."). So many people seem to have a problem differentiating satire and commentary from the real thing, but the best social commentary and satire is the kind that always gets right down in the dirt and shoves your face in harsh truths, like OGF. This is the same reason so many of Paul Verhoeven's films are so widely misunderstood.

  • BEF | October 21, 2013 4:07 PM

    Only God Forgives is many things (in my opinion it's pretty vapid, like a feature length meme) and one of them is misogynistic ... When the only female characters are prostitutes and a mother that talks about her sons penis and calls the only other female character a "cum dumpster" ... that's not too good. Plus the only way you could tell that Gosling was a good guy was that his hooker treatment was much nicer than his brother ... who demanded a 14 year old and then killed a prostitute ... that being said, I'd still give Refn another shot, and an all female cast for him would be interesting ... at the very least he has a great sense of visuals.

  • Sean | October 21, 2013 3:56 PM

    I think it's one of those things were people say someone is misogynistic because there's a lack of defined females in said sexist's films.
    His work from Bronson and forwards, doesn't really come across that way.
    I'll understand if someone were to say the Pusher trilogy. The treatment of females in that is horrid. But that's the point. The men are suppose to be vile, vapid humans with egos.

  • Emerson | October 21, 2013 3:51 PM

    None of his films are misogynistic. He's even been cited saying that he always starts writing his movies about sexual women and they end up being about violent men. Just because he doesn't have very many strong female characters doesn't make him misogynistic. The arrogance of some people....

  • Markunator | October 21, 2013 2:37 PM

    Really? Because neither "Bronson" nor "Drive" were misogynistic in the slightest. Maybe you're referring to his other films (which I haven't seen yet)?

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