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James Mangold Latest Director Linked To Long Developing 'Le Cercle Rouge' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2012 9:22 AM
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It is now nearing a decade since Hollywood has tried to crack the nut of bringing Jean-Pierre Melville's stone cold classic noir/procedural "Le Cercle Rouge" to the big screen, and it has seen a ton of talent come and go in that time. Back in 2004, it was set up at Paramount with John Woo attached to direct a script by Jeff Pinker ("Alias," "Fringe"). He eventually left the project and Johnnie To ("Election," "Time & Tide") assumed the director's chair. This incarnation seemed to gather steam, amassing a cast that one point had Liam Neeson, Chow Yun-Fat, Orlando Bloom, Tim Roth and Alain Delon (who starred in the original) attached or offered roles, with a Brit List script by Steve Knight ("Eastern Promises," "Dirty Pretty Things"). That never came to pass, and more recently, John Hillcoat was offered a chance to direct , while Jaume Collet-Serra also kicked the tires on it. Now another director will give a shot.

Talks Break Down, Jessica Biel No Longer Viper In James Mangold's 'The Wolverine'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • July 18, 2012 7:57 AM
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That was quick! Less than week after Jessica Biel had apparently signed on to play the villaness Viper in James Mangold's upcoming "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman, the guys over at Collider are now reporting that "talks have broken down between Biel and 20th Century Fox" with the studio now moving on and "talking to other actresses."

James Mangold Says Miramax Worried About Reception Of Overweight Sylvester Stallone In 'Cop Land'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 2, 2011 10:32 AM
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And More From The Director About The Film As It Comes To Blu-RayIn a Hollywood landscape where filmmakers are supposed to be one thing and one thing only, James Mangold is something of an enigma. His first film, “Heavy,” was an intimate character study, his follow-up “Cop Land” was an ensemble crime drama, and then from there he took on a whimsical time-traveling romance (“Kate & Leopold”), a suspense thriller (“Identity”), a music biopic (“Walk the Line”), a Western (“3:10 to Yuma”), a breezy mainstream action-adventure (“Knight & Day”) and he's got comic movie "The Wolverine" on the horizon. But according to Mangold, part of his plan is to avoid easy categorization, not to mention “writing his own film biography,” as he observes some of his contemporaries sometimes do.

James Mangold Calls 'The Wolverine' A Dark Character Piece Like Eastwood's 'The Outlaw Josey Wales'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 29, 2011 2:21 AM
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'Walk the Line' Director Also Likens It To 'Chinatown,' Calls It A Foreign-Language Super-Hero Drama, Film-Noir & Detective Story; Reveals He Spoke With AronofskyEvidenced by his success with “Cop Land,” “Walk the Line,” “3:10 To Yuma” and “Knight and Day,” James Mangold has a knack for turning populist entertainment into personal expression. But when 20th Century Fox announced that Mangold would be taking on “The Wolverine,” a sequel to “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” his fans seemed concerned he might be overwhelmed by the enormity of a franchise sequel, and the constant scrutiny that seems to come with one. (Never mind the fact that he’s directed critical and commercial darlings alike with Russell Crowe and Tom Cruise, and came away with fun, interesting pictures that still feel like they belong to him.) But Mangold told The Playlist that he thought that a sequel was the best place for him to be able to imprint his personality on the property, since he’s unencumbered by the requirements of an ensemble piece or an origin story.

James Mangold To Direct Remake Of Icelandic Thriller 'City State'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2011 5:11 AM
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Iceland, so hot right now? It would appear to be so. The upcoming Mark Wahlberg flick "Contraband" has its origins in the 2008 film "Reykjavik-Rotterdam," and now another thriller from the nation that gave us Bjork and Sigur Ros is getting the remake treatment.

Hugh Jackman Doubts There Will Be A 'X-Men 4' Movie, But Is Still Open To More 'Wolverine' Films

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • September 26, 2011 8:44 AM
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Actor Says He Asked Darren Aronofsky To Helm 'X-Men: The Last Stand,' Before He Dropped Out Of 'The Wolverine'This weekend Hugh Jackman was on hand in Los Angeles to discuss his robot boxing movie, “Real Steel,” which hits theaters October 7th. Early buzz on that flick is good and the studio has enough faith that they’ve already begun development on a sequel. But before that sequel, Jackman will sing alongside Russell Crowe in “Les Miserables” and, once again, return to the role that made him for “The Wolverine,” the much-discussed, long in-development sequel to 2009’s “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” Scripted by Christopher McQuarrie, the story is based on Frank Miller’s beloved ‘80s Japanese saga from the comics.

James Mangold Down For New York Times Best Seller 'Juliet'

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • September 9, 2011 4:15 AM
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What do you do when a sequel to one of the worst movies in a consistently tepid sub-genre regularly suffers from start-date delays? If you're James Mangold, you decide that helming a modern retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" is the best coping method.

'Wolverine' Sequel May Have To Wait Several More Months for Hugh Jackman (Maybe Summer 2012)

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 8, 2011 10:53 AM
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Matthew Vaughn Expected To Return For Another 'X-Men: First Class Sequel'While making the rounds to promote the home video release of the surprisingly fun "X-Men: First Class" (tomorrow is "First Friday" or something, 20th Century Fox is making a huge over-done fuss out of this release in hopes to drum up some more revenue, sheesh), producer Lauren Shuler Donner -- who we're sure is a nice lady but on the special features portion of the Blu-ray disc looks like some kind of horrifying wax sculpture brought to life by dark magic to inflict deadly harm on the land of the living -- let loose some details about other projects set within the "X-Men" universe.

James Mangold To Direct CBS Series 'Ralph Lamb' Written By 'Goodfellas' Scribe Nicholas Pileggi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 12, 2011 2:13 AM
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While James Mangold is getting ready to tell Hugh Jackman which way to point his claws in "The Wolverine," which will start shooting this fall, he's keeping at least one foot planted outside the comic franchise.

James Mangold To Direct 'The Wolverine'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 16, 2011 1:30 AM
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After a period where it looked as if Fox would take a mulligan on "The Wolverine" and bump the film to 2013 or beyond, it now looks like they've found their director. James Mangold, who has dabbled in various genres from musical biopic ("Walk The Line"), to western ("3:10 To Yuma") and horror ("Identity"), is prepared to take on his first comic book adaptation, and the announcement suggests he's the mutual pick from Fox and Hugh Jackman's camp. Mangold appears to be the top choice among an uninspired trio of potential helmers that included Antoine Fuqua and Gavin O'Connor, otherwise known as Guys You Employ When They Are Represented By The Same Agency As Someone You Want To Work With.

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