As fans of director Takashi Miike know, the dude is prolific. As soon as one project is done, he's one to the next, and with "Over Your Dead Body" in the can (but not playing Cannes like some had predicted), the director has already gotten started with his next movie. Miike is currently in production on the awesomely titled "Yakuza Apocalypse: The Great War Of The Underworld." Hayato Ichihara leads the film playing "a feeble but loyal underling to legendary yakuza boss Kamiura, who turns out to be a vampire. When an assassin from an international syndicate arrives in Japan to deliver an ultimatum, Kamiura is killed. But, not before he manages to bite Kageyama, and the transformed underling sets out to get revenge against a formidable team of assassins." So, vampires and gangsters? Sounds like Miike. The film is slated to hit theatres next year. [ScreenDaily]
Next up, "Citadel" director Ciaran Foy has been tapped to helm the inevitable "Sinister 2." The original flim's director Scott Derrickson will be co-writing the script with C. Robert Cargill, as they did on the first movie. No word yet if Ethan Hawke will return. [THR]
Lastly, "American Psycho" director Mary Harron, who has mostly been doing a lot of dreck lately ("The Moth Diaries," "Anna Nicole"), is set to direct the more promising "Dali And I." The biopic of the surrealist artist is based on art dealer Stan Lauryssens' memoir, and Harron is co-writing the script. Here's the book synopsis:
Art dealer Stan Lauryssens made millions in modern art, but he sold only one name: Salvador Dalí. The surrealist painter’s work was a hot commodity for the newly rich, investors, and shady businessmen looking to launder their black-market cash. Stan didn’t mind looking the other way; he just hoped the buyers would look the other way as well. The artworks he sold came from some very questionable sources, but he soon discovered that the shadiest source of all was Dalí himself.
The more successful Stan became, the closer he came to Dalí, until he found himself living next door to the aging artist, in the Catalonian hills. While hiding from Interpol’s detectives, Stan spent his time with the artists, musicians, business associates, and eccentrics who surrounded Dalí. He learned about Dalí’s secret history, the studio of artists who produced his work, and the moneymaking machine that kept Dalí’s extravagant lifestyle afloat long after his creativity began to flounder.
Dalí & I offers a behind-the-scenes view of the commerce and conspiracy that go hand in hand in the international art world, written by a man who has been to the top only to discover that it’s not so different from the bottom. [Deadline]