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Nicolas Winding Refn Suggests You Should Lower Your Expectations For ‘The Equalizer,’ Plus NSFW New ‘Only God Forgives’ Clip

Nicolas Winding Refn Suggests You Should Lower Your Expectations For 'The Equalizer,' Plus NSFW New 'Only God Forgives' Clip

With “Only God Forgives” screening this morning at Cannes (read our review), it’s clearly Nicolas Winding Refn day here at The Playlist. In the shadow of the success of the new film’s predecessor, 2011’s “Drive,” one of the more surprising moves the director made was signing up for an adaptation of the TV show “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington set to star, before just as suddenly bailing on the project. While no specific reason was given for his exit at the time — Sony was unable to close the deal with Refn — the director has hinted at the reason for his departure.

In an interview with the LA Times,
Refn said that he’d “rather make a good movie that breaks even than a
bad movie that makes money.” Coyly, Refn elaborated “Let’s put it like
this: There’s a reason why I pulled out.” Yikes. And it doesn’t look
like the studio has gotten the hint with Rupert Wyatt similarly joining and promptly exiting the project in under a month total. Script problems? An interfering star? Who knows?

With Antoine Fuqua now at the helm and already casting,
what are the odds that he’s able to avoid the same pitfalls that scared
his two predecessors away? Considering this would be his follow-up to “Olympus Has Fallen,” we don’t have high hopes. Meanwhile, off the back of this morning’s screening and press conference, a new clip’s arrived from “Only God Forgives” over at Crave. It’s actually an extended version of a scene we’ve already seen a glimpse of, in which Kristin Scott Thomas (who seems to be the highlight of the film, if the buzz is to be believed) chews up both her son (Ryan Gosling) and his girlfriend (Yayaying). It’s pretty entertaining; watch it below.

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Comments

Donella

I maintain that the Equalizer should have a woman cast as the title character.

Tom

Nice try, but eventually the truth will come out about why Refn was not signed to direct "The Equalizer" and it had nothing whatsoever to do with the script or the star.
Just look at the team now involved with Equalzier then take a look at OGF.

Carol Olson Coote

Wait, wait, wait! My antennae just popped out. "The Equalizer" is one of the best scripts I have read in a long time. And I have no connection to this project, but this kind of story is maddening. I can imagine exactly why Nicholas Refn signed on to direct "The Equalizer." As a film adaptation it shares much of what must have been attractive about the script for "Drive." It is intelligent, unexpected, and "shows rather than tells" every single time. I don't think he would have signed on if it were otherwise so why publish his unfortunate and immature hints? And why follow that up with conjecture about Rupert Wyatt, which you turn into a curse against Antoine Fuqua's chances of success? We all know that scheduling conflicts with stars and directors are responsible for most changes. Why not go after the mindless tent pole scripts? Why take on a script that will make audiences thrilled to spend $12 once, twice, three times? This project, this script is good for Hollywood.

Washington

Did you guys even read the article or just the the clickbait headline before running off toe make absurdly over the top comments

Sven

Just saw OGF yesterday and I regret having seen so many clips from the movie before, it ruined the experenience (a bit). Still great but I wish marketing people would stop spoiling all the fun.

Northern Star

This is just Refn being a jerk and badmouthing a project he's no longer involved in… really bad form Nicholas! And as for 'The Equalizer' supposedly not being good, it's screenplay made the Black List of the best (at that date) unproduced scripts, so maybe he's totally wrong…

Alan B

That's an incredibly selfish thing that he did. He really threw his colleagues under the bus well before the film has been shot, let alone released. He's a grade-A asshole.

yer

"I just dropped a dud at Cannes everyone, lower your expectations." – Refn

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