Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (“Bronson,” “Valhalla Rising”) tells Empire Online that he’s selected the adaptation of crime noir “Drive” as his next project, forcing him to drop out of two features he was previously involved with.
An adaptation of James Sallis’ novel, “Drive” has Ryan Gosling playing a Hollywood stunt driver who moonlights as a getaway driver for thieves.
Of the dropouts the first was “Jekyll”, the new take on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic horror tale starring Keanu Reeves. Refn’s withdrawal from that project is a straight up scheduling conflict.
The other is “The Dying Of The Light” penned by Paul Schrader and starring Harrison Ford as a CIA agent who becomes blind during his final mission. That withdrawal sounded more like a breakdown in negotiations, Refn telling the site that “”Unfortunately, it just didn’t work out. It’s a shame. The script was fantastic but things fall apart. It’s one of those things that’s difficult – I really like Harrison and I think we got along great.”
After “Drive”, Refn will film the western “Only God Forgives” in Bangkok, and then head to Miami to shoot “I Walk with the Dead” (it’s unclear if this is the Gore Verbinski-produced heist project he’s been previously linked with).