Okay, just because a famous director puts his or her name on a movie, doesn’t necessarily give it a mark of quality. And Martin Scorsese himself is an example of that, as he put his stamp on the critically-slammed crime flick “The Revenge Of The Green Dragons” last year. That being said, it looks like he’s course correcting in a big way.
Scorsese will executive produced Ben Wheatley‘s “Free Fire.” The ever-busy Wheatley — who is currently in post-production on “High Rise” — will lens the flick, starring Luke Evans, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Olivia Wilde and Michael Smiley later this year. Set in Boston in 1978, and inspired by films like “The Killing,” “The Big Combo, “The Driver,” “Le Samourai,” “The French Connection,” “Goodfellas,” “Casino,” “Hard Boiled,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “The Getaway” and more, the story kicks off when “a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival.” Yep, can’t wait.
Meanwhile, Lynne Ramsay has emerged from the “Jane Got A Gun” debacle, and while it’s not a new directorial effort, she’s still got her hand in the filmmaking game. She’ll executive produce “I Feel Fine,” starring Dominic West, David Tennant, “Nymphomaniac” lead Stacy Martin, Billy Boyd, Carice van Houten, Sharleen Spiteri and Gary Lewis. Des Hamilton will make his directorial debut on the picture, set in 1980s Glasgow, which centers on “teenager Jonny White who becomes embroiled in crime and drug addiction. When a bounty is placed on his head for a crime he didn’t commit, White must get to the safe haven of rehab in order to stay alive.” Filming starts in October. [Screen Daily]