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Title: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on December 14, 2009, 11:13:04 AM
Mel Gibson will direct and Leonardo DiCaprio will star in an untitled period drama set in the world of Viking culture. William Monahan is writing the script.

Graham King will produce with Gibson and Tim Headington in a co-production between King?s GK Films and Gibson?s Icon Productions. Shooting is expected to begin fall, 2010, meaning that if everything falls into place, it would be the next directing effort for Gibson.

There is no distributor at the moment, but Gibson and King often make their films outside the studio system and secure distribution later.

The principals confirmed the project but would not divulge many details. DiCaprio, who has long been fascinated by Viking culture, will play one in a storyline that will be as unsparing as Gibson?s other period directing efforts ?Braveheart,? ?The Passion of the Christ? and ?Apocalypto.?

The connective tissue is King.

The producer teamed with DiCaprio and Monahan in the Oscar-winning drama ?The Departed,? and just worked with Gibson and Monahan in the Martin Campbell-directed drama ?Edge of Darkness.? King also just produced Monahan?s directorial debut, ?London Boulevard,? the Monahan-scripted adaptation of the Ken Bruen novel, with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley starring. 

The Viking film will be DiCaprio?s first picture with Gibson.

?This will be an awe-inspiring story, created with some of the industry?s finest cinematic talent and I am just over the moon to be making this film with Mel, Leo and Bill,? King said in a statement after the principals confirmed the project to Daily Variety. 

Aside from ?London Boulevard,? King and his GK Films just completed ?The Rum Diary? with Johnny Depp and Aaron Eckhart and the Emily Blunt-starrer ?The Young Victoria,? latter of which is being released this month by Bob Berney?s Apparition.

DiCaprio will likely take a film before putting on the Viking horns. He just completed the Christopher Nolan-directed ?Inception? for Warner Bros., and will next be seen in the Martin Scorsese-directed ?Shutter Island,? which Paramount releases February 19. Gibson just completed the Jodie Foster-directed ?The Beaver.?

Gibson and Monahan are repped by WME, DiCaprio by Rick Yorn and Jennifer Killoran.

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It doesn't get any exciting than this news. I am already excited.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 14, 2010, 04:09:33 PM
Hmm, sounds interesting.  Leonardo DiCaprio is a good actor.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 15, 2010, 03:14:25 PM
Hmm, sounds interesting.  Leonardo DiCaprio is a good actor.

And Gibson is a great director...  ;D
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: marco on January 21, 2010, 07:57:15 AM
Totally agree.Gibson is a superb director.I like that he takes his time before making a new movie: the results are always great.Waiting for this.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 21, 2010, 03:48:41 PM
Gibson and Dicaprio together screams for oscars. I hope they release the movie in award season.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 21, 2010, 03:58:14 PM
I have a feeling they will, that's the type of movie that rakes in cash and still gets awards.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: marco on January 22, 2010, 08:45:48 AM
Mmm...I don't think Hollywood could be interested in something made by Gibson.At least,till now,I havent' seen any interests...
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 22, 2010, 11:38:42 AM
Mmm...I don't think Hollywood could be interested in something made by Gibson.At least,till now,I havent' seen any interests...

I hope that you are joking  ;D

- Mel Gibson is a great actor and a director as well. He has 3 best movies ever made on his resume as an director. Trust me, he really puts most of the directors to shame whenever he makes a movie. And speaking of HOLLYWOOD, guys like MEL GIBSON is Hollywood. He is unique person, filmmaker, writer, actor and accompolished pretty much everything. He is a legend. And I am not saying this cause I am a big fan of him, but it's the truth and the fact. He is also miss understood.

The following is from his latest interview I took from comingsoon.net and talks about his next movie with Leo.D.

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Q: Mel, what's left that you want to accomplish?Gibson: I'm working with Graham [King] here on the Viking movie. The very first idea I ever had about making a film and about ever my first thought of ever being a filmmaker was sixteen years old and I wanted to make a Viking movie. And I wanted to make it in Old Norse which I was studying at the time, okay. It's odd because at that age, you're like, "Well, that's a stupidly ridiculous idea. How will I ever be a filmmaker? That's a dumb idea. It's just some kind of romantic pipe dream." But that was the first big, epic, wacky idea was to show Viking real.
Winston: I thought you said a f***ing movie.
Gibson: It's actually not very different. You get to see another country get f***ed.

Q: Does that mean the Viking movie will be in English or Old Norse?
Gibson: I think it's going to be in English, the English that would've been spoken back then and Old Norse, whatever the ninth century had to offer. I'm going to give you real, man.

Q: Is that really important to you, like "The Passion"?
Gibson: Yeah, I want a Viking to scare you. I don't want a Viking to say, "I'm gonna die with a sword in my hand." I don't want to hear that. It just takes all the... it pulls the rug out from under. I want to see somebody who I've never seen before speaking low, guttural German who scares the living sh*t out of you, coming up to my house. What is that like? What would that have been like?

Q: How hard will that be to cast, apart from Leo?
Gibson: Oh, he'll be amazing. He'll be amazing. He's a great actor this kid.

Q: Are you a documentarian of the past?
Gibson: I guess so. I like that. I do like history. Oh, I love it and I like trying to imagine what it was like, especially if we don't have a clear picture on what it was, trying to imagine what it was like. Maybe romanticize it, make it compelling for film. Maybe even push it a little over the top. It's just a question of choices.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 22, 2010, 04:04:55 PM
He's not exactly the most articulate guy.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 22, 2010, 08:35:08 PM
He's not exactly the most articulate guy.

I'm confused.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: marco on January 23, 2010, 06:46:27 AM
Till now,his movies didn't receive any awards (I'm talking about him directing),except for Braveheart.
Nowadays,Gibson is not well-seen,I'm afraid.
Let's see how critics react to this,maybe it's the right movie to get some awards.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 23, 2010, 12:37:06 PM
The reason he didn't get any awards, for he was ignored. THE PASSION deserves Oscar in every category. Acting, directing, make up, visual, music, art, cinematography, costume, set designing.

Apocalypto as well deserves awards, but they never gave him. I don't know why.

Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 25, 2010, 04:17:19 PM
What I meant was, that either the person who copied the interview made mistakes, or Mel Gibson doesn't speak very clearly.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 25, 2010, 05:26:12 PM
What I meant was, that either the person who copied the interview made mistakes, or Mel Gibson doesn't speak very clearly.

I pasted half that interview from comingsoon.net and in way Mel Gibson talks wierd. Broken awards. Looks like he is always in hurry.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 26, 2010, 03:49:54 PM
Yeah, that's what I was commenting about, even on one of the questions he didn't answer, he just said something else.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 28, 2010, 09:13:20 PM
Yeah, that's what I was commenting about, even on one of the questions he didn't answer, he just said something else.

Yeah. I think he gets over excited when he talks about his movies.

I love it when Quentin Tarantino talks... lol.... he is a character.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on January 29, 2010, 09:24:27 AM
That might explain it.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on January 30, 2010, 02:15:35 AM
That might explain it.

You should watch his interview with Brad pitt. It was included on 2nd disc DVD of Inglorious Basterds.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 01, 2010, 03:55:00 PM
Is it on youtube?
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 02, 2010, 01:30:24 PM
Is it on youtube?

I tried to find it for you and it's not uploaded on Youtube. If you buy the 2 disc DVD version. They have it. Long and nice interview.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 03, 2010, 03:50:40 PM
My parents have this thing about R rated films in the house, but I may be able to rent it.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 03, 2010, 06:16:58 PM
My parents have this thing about R rated films in the house, but I may be able to rent it.

So you haven't seen IGB yet?
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 04, 2010, 10:07:25 AM
No.  I've heard it's a good film though.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 04, 2010, 03:50:31 PM
No.  I've heard it's a good film though.

I thought its bad, but it is a good movie. It put the smile on my face. Really good.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 05, 2010, 03:37:01 PM
So is it good or bad?
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 06, 2010, 02:19:48 PM
So is it good or bad?

Damn good.  ;D
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 11, 2010, 04:14:15 PM
Lol, okay.  ;D
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 11, 2010, 06:40:07 PM
Lol, okay.  ;D

 ;D - at least THE HURT LOCKER is in the list.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 12, 2010, 03:49:10 PM
I saw that movie, it was really good.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on February 12, 2010, 08:32:10 PM
I saw that movie, it was really good.

Suspensful ah?
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on February 15, 2010, 03:46:39 PM
Very much so.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on March 14, 2010, 07:41:53 PM
Mel Gibson Thinking About Hanging It Up

Could it be the end of the road for Mel Gibson? Certainly, he doesn't need to work. He had enough money (and islands) before The Passion of the Christ made him incredibly wealthy, and he still has enough even though he recently split from his wife of some 30 years. He recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about an upcoming project and hinted rather strongly that the fire may be out after that.

Could it be the end of the road for Mel Gibson? Certainly, he doesn't need to work. He had enough money (and islands) before The Passion of the Christ made him incredibly wealthy, and he still has enough even though he recently split from his wife of some 30 years. He recently spoke to The Los Angeles Times about an upcoming project and hinted rather strongly that the fire may be out after that.



Of a new Viking epic he will direct with Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead role, Gibson said, ?It was the first movie I ever thought about making. I saw it in my mind back when I was teenager. Seriously, it?s the first movie I wanted to make," adding, "And I think it will be the last film I direct. It?s the thing I have been going toward, in a way, since I was young, and I think when it?s done I may be finished.?

Whether or not that's idle chatter is hard to gauge. After all, Gibson didn't make movies for a few years after his public image took a hit for a DUI arrest and comments that were allegedly made at that time. I don't think Mel handled the situation very well at all in press stops for Edge of Darkness, acting almost as if it never happened or that people shouldn't be allowed to change their minds about him because of his (words and) actions.

More than that, though, was Gibson's admission that he really didn't feel much of a connection to the process when he stepped in front of cameras for the first time in nearly a decade. It probably won't help get Gibson back into acting full-time that Darkness lost money. He's got a couple other projects he's signed onto as an actor or an actor-director, but it wouldn't surprise me if he really bows out here.

However, when you listen to how much he seems invested in this project, maybe he can keep finding projects that attract him this much:

"We're going hammer and tongs on the script right now. When I was 16, learning about the history of the English language I became fascinated with Vikings. And I imagined what they would sound like, how would they talk and that?s what I will be going for in this film. It?s a challenge though. There's never been a good Viking film, not that I've seen. I think I have found the right way to get into it, though, but I don?t want to say too much. The real problem is making those guys sympathetic. They were monsters."

Producer Graham King adds that the film, which will be written by William Monahan, "isn?t about superheroes,? a reference to the upcoming Thor. "This movie will be quite serious and very much for grown-ups.?

But will it be the curtain call for Mad Mel?
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on March 16, 2010, 08:11:19 AM
I wish he wouldn't stop, but if he wants to, that's his decision.  Maybe with this viking film being his last it will be a superb film.
Title: Re: Gibson, DiCaprio Conquer Viking Genre
Post by: Rohan on March 16, 2010, 10:21:38 AM
I wish he wouldn't stop, but if he wants to, that's his decision.  Maybe with this viking film being his last it will be a superb film.

I think that's just talk. Mel won't stop directing. I hope not. I think he is one of the best directors ever. To be honest he makes lots of directors in shame when he comes with a movie. He basically comes with a BANG. HERE is my work.....