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Interview: Writer & Director Steven Knight On 'Locke,' Tom Hardy & Future Projects Including 'Eastern Promises 2'

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 3, 2014 3:25 PM
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 Steven Knight On "Locke," Tom Hardy,
One of the chief pleasures of the Göteborg International Film Festival, aside from the charming Swedishness of it all (particularly fond of the helper whose novel take on the “switch off your f*cking phone” message was to implore us not to forget to turn our phones “back on, the second you leave”), is the quality time we get to spend with our interview subjects. One of or most enjoyable meetings this time out was with screenwriter Steven Knight, whose fascinating sophomore directorial outing “Locke,” (our review from Venice is here) played the festival. Here are the fruits of our wide-ranging conversation with the “Eastern Promises,” “Dirty Pretty Things” and “Peaky Blinders” writer (who also—random trivia—devised and originally pitched “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?”), including his thoughts on writing for TV vs. film, his crowded upcoming slate and lots about “Locke” ...so we should probably give a little background.

Watch: Jason Statham Shows His Acting Chops In Trailer For Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 22, 2013 1:21 PM
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Jason Statham's known for pretty much one thing: cracking heads. From "The Transporter" to his most recent film "Parker," if you see his big bald mug on the poster, you can be pretty sure that the film's going to involve the actor kicking seven shades of shit out of anyone and everyone that crosses his path (with the possible exception of "Gnomeo & Juliet."). If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Or ideally, hit it with an iron pipe until it's broke.

First Image Of Jason Statham In 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight's 'Hummingbird' Could Be From Any Jason Statham Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2012 4:05 PM
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A Jason Statham movie is a Jason Statham movie is a Jason Statham movie. They more or less follow the same template from film to film, and even his same basic clean shaven, well-dressed look passes into each movie. But we do have a bit of hope for one of his upcoming efforts, "Hummingbird." It marks the feature directorial debut of "Eastern Promises" writer Steven Knight, and the promise of something a bit more elevated from what we usually see from Statham.

Fox Searchlight Plays 'The Do-Deca Pentathlon'; Oscilloscope Says 'Hello I Must Be Going'; Lionsgate Likes 'Hummingbird' & SModcast Takes 'Bindlestiffs'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 9, 2012 3:03 PM
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Some dealmaking has gone down over the past 24 hours, with a handful of indie movies now finding homes and plotting their ways to a screen near you.

Jason Statham Is A 'Hummingbird' In Directorial Debut Of 'Eastern Promises' Writer Steven Knight

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 2, 2011 7:18 AM
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"Hummingbird"? Is Jason Statham getting all soft on us? Nah, bro. Just get him a towel, and we'll explain.

'Eastern Promises' & 'Dirty Pretty Things' Writer Steven Knight Preps Directing Debut 'Hummingbird'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 8:05 AM
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It didn't take long for writer Steven Knight to make a big splash in Hollywood, penning scripts that wound up being directed by Stephen Frears ("Dirty Pretty Things"), Michael Apted ("Amazing Grace") and David Cronenberg ("Eastern Promises"). And from there, he quickly found himself writing some very buzzworth projects recently, including the next Dan Brown flick "The Lost Symbol," a Robert Kennedy biopic with Matt Damon attached, a remake of the classic "Le Cercle Rouge" and an "Eastern Promises" sequel (he's also scribed, less promisingly, the sequel to "Clash Of The Titans"). But rather than await around for any of those get made, Knight is pressing forward on his own directorial debut.

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