Two of the most promising rising filmmakers working today would have to be “Drive” and “The Neon Demon” helmer Nicolas Winding Refn, and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Gambler” helmer Rupert Wyatt.
Today new details have emerged on the next films for both of the filmmakers thanks to press releases offering the first official synopses for their films.
First up is Refn’s “The Avenging Silence,” described as an “extravagant action film” by the helmer himself and one inspired by the novels “Dr. No” and “Nova Express”. Regular Bond film series scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade penned the script for the movie and today an extended synopsis has gone up:
“A former European spy, accepts a confidential mission from a Japanese businessman exiled to France to take down the head of the most treacherous Yakuza boss in Japan. The spy was one of the leading spies in Europe. An injury inflicted to his vocal cords during a failed mission six years ago left him mute, forcing him to leave his profession.
Now, six years later, he is sought out and put on confidential assignment by a former Yakuza, now a retired Japanese businessman in exile in France, to track down and kill the head of the most dangerous Yakuza family in Japan.
Afraid of flying, our spy anonymously boards a cargo ship headed for Tokyo. An onboard explosion sinks the ship and our spy finds himself washed ashore on a life raft in southern Japan. As a mute, our spy must silently journey through Japan seeking four clues – symbolizing conquest, war, famine, and death – which will guide him to the unknown location of the Yakuza boss.
Meanwhile, the Yakuza boss, known for his 2004 mass slaughter of Yakuza members who had turned against him, is believed to be plotting to re-enter the Japanese underworld after living in his own surreptitious world in the mountains, void of all technology. This way of life becomes an obsession for the Yakuza boss.
Rumors spread that he had committed suicide years ago but escaped prisoners from his hidden camp told stories of his plan for a comeback. Now rival Yakuza families suspect he is forming a master plan to return, a plan that unburies the most infamous story of Yakuza betrayal.
Our spy finds himself on an existential journey through Japan in search of pieces to the puzzle that will lead him to a confrontation with the ultimate Yakuza boss in a terrifying conclusion..”
Then there’s Wyatt’s “Captive State,” an original science-fiction story the director wrote with his wife Erica Beeney and which begins shooting in the early part of this year. The story:
“Captive State is a sci-fi thriller set in a Chicago neighborhood nearly a decade after it has been occupied by an extraterrestrial force. Captive State uses a grounded sci-fi setting to shine light on the modern surveillance state and the threats to civil liberties and the role of dissent within an authoritarian society.”
Acting veteran John Goodman and “Moonlight” scene stealer Ashton Sanders (who played the teenage Chiron) are the only two actors set to star at this point. Lionsgate and Participant Media will release the project.
Source: Crouching Tigers Project Lab, Lionsgate