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‘That’s My Boy’ Helmer Sean Anders Will Direct 'Horrible Bosses 2,' Kevin McDonald Takes On "Young" Elvis Biopic & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 4, 2013 2:00 PM
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The Toronto International Film Festival is upon us, and with it flurries of announcements like the snows of the Canadian summer (or something), with new projects being lined up for original "Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev, an Elvis Presley biopic for "Last King of Scotland" director Kevin MacDonald, the "We're the Millers" team of Sean Anders and John Morris, "The Disappearance of Alice Creed" director J Blakeson, while a big screen adaptation of Emma Donoghue's best-selling coming-of-age novel "Room" inches closer to fruition.

'Dragon Tattoo' Pair Niels Arden Oplev & Noomi Rapace Reteam For 'Dead Man Down' With Colin Farrell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2011 7:54 AM
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While his Lisbeth Salander, played by Noomi Rapace, used her turn in the Swedish Millenium trilogy films to break into Hollywood with roles in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" and "Prometheus," original "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev hasn't fared quite as well. While he's been attached to quite a few projects -- "Game Theory," "The Keep" and "The Last Photograph" (though Zack Snyder, who developed the movie has now decided to direct it himself) -- none have really taken off, but it looks like his old leading lady is coming back with a much bigger star in tow get his next project moving.

Zack Snyder Decides To Direct Afghan War Drama 'The Last Photograph' Himself

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 2, 2011 8:03 AM
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Afghan war? Drama? Zack Snyder? Admittedly, something in there doesn't make sense but believe it or not, the man behind "300," "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch" came up with an idea for just such a movie and with his regular collaborator Kurt Johnstad penning the script, they've had it in development for a while. Sergey Bodrov (”Mongol”) was originally attached to direct back in March 2009, and earlier this spring Niels Arden Oplev (”The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”) had come on board but it looks like Snyder doesn't want to part with his baby any more.

'Dragon Tattoo' Director Niels Arden Oplev Ready To Delve Into 'Game Theory'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 6, 2011 2:39 AM
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While Noomi Rapace has quickly capitalized on the success of the Swedish language "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" films, with roles in "Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows" and "Prometheus" on the way, director Niels Arden Oplev's steps into Hollywood have been a bit more tentative. Last fall he was attached to direct the thriller "The Keep" for CBS Films though there hasn't been much movement since; he's also potentially got the Afghan war drama "The Last Photograph" with Christian Bale and possibly Sean Penn in the lead roles and he's also stepped over to television, directing the pilot episode of "The Rememberer" (yes, that's the name) a CBS procedural that sounds terrible. Well, one more project has been stacked up as his possible U.S. debut.

Sean Penn Eyeing 'The Last Photograph' With Christian Bale, Niels Arden Oplev To Direct

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 12, 2011 9:18 AM
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Penn Turned Down Roles In Both 'Tales From The Gangster Squad' & 'Man Of Steel'Here's a film we haven't heard about in a little. "The Last Photograph" cropped up last summer with Christian Bale attached to star and now there is new movement on the project.

David O. Russell Teams With Connie Britton For FX Drama; Niels Arden Oplev Helms CBS Pilot

  • By Aaron Fowler
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  • February 6, 2011 1:47 AM
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Hot off his Oscar nominated film "The Fighter," David O. Russell -- who, as usual, has a number of projects he's working on -- has added one more and set his sights on the small screen. Deadline reports that the director has teamed up with "Friday Night Lights" actress Connie Britton to create a female-driven drama for FX.

Original 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Director Sounds Off Against Remake

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • November 9, 2010 3:48 AM
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We Can't Wait To Hear David Fincher's "I Don't Care" ResponseNiels Arden Oplev is not too happy with Hollywood, for entirely predictable reasons. The director behind "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" doesn't think much of the bean counters in Hollywood doing their own version of the story, and he candidly revealed as much to Word & Film recently.

John Carpenter To Direct Comic Adaptation 'Darkchylde'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2010 9:26 AM
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First Look At 'Trespass'; New Films From Jennifer Lynch, Dennis Iliadis & Niels Arden OplevEven though "Fangland" with Hilary Swank seems to have fallen apart, John Carpenter seems well on his way with a new project, an adaptation of the comic "Darkchylde." Created by Randy Queen, the comics follow "a young girl named Ariel Chylde who regularly sheds her skin and turns into her deepest, darkest nightmares." Richard Taylor of WETA recently dropped some test footage from the film (which you can watch below) and indicated they hope to get things going on the film within the year. We've never really paid much attention to the comic, and considering Carpenter hasn't made a film worth caring about in over a decade (this year's "The Ward" was dead-on-arrival at TIFF) we're finding it difficult to muster up too much excitement about this one. But in case dorks start complaining about the CGI in the WETA clip, it's test footage guys, nothing close to final, so relax.

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