With Christian Bale’s stint as the Dark Knight coming to an end, there is much speculation as to what he will do next. Bale has reportedly stated that he will not look to the future until “The Dark Knight Rises” has wrapped. Variety names the following possible projects, and the interwebs is now quickly filling up with everyone’s 2 cents.
Remake of “A Star Is Born,” starring Beyonce Knowles and directed by Clint Eastwood; “Gold,” which Michael Mann will direct; a remake of Korean thriller “Oldboy,” to be directed by Spike Lee for Mandate, in which Bale would play the villain; Relativity’s “Out of the Furnace,” to be directed by Scott Cooper; and “Noah,” Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic at Paramount. (There had also been talk of Bale joining WB’s “Last Photograph,” but he’s no longer involved.)
“Oldboy” is the film that instantly jumps out at me, being a fan of the original and not at all keen to have it remade. Just read the subtitles. Watching a movie in another language other than English won’t kill you. Regardless of how many times I start ranting about not having this film remade… it is going to happen. Bale as the villain, though, would definitely lessen my constant bitching.
“A Star Is Born” — Clint Eastwood is directing this remake of the classic 1954 original starring Judy Garland, now to star Beyonce Knowles. Can Bale sing?
Michael Mann’s “Gold” — A movie in the spirit of the classic film “The treasure of the Sierra Madres”, but in a modern day setting.
“Out of the Furnace” with “Crazy Heart” director Scott Cooper at the helm. It’s the story of an ex-con recently released from prison, who’s given no choice but to avenge his murdered brother. It’s described as “a gritty throwback to the films of the 1970’s”.
Last but certainly not least: Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”, a biblical epic. While I’m not a religious man myself , “the good book” does have some interesting stories. Seeing one of them told by Aronofsky? The thought is certainly intriguing.
Out of the above films my 2 cents land on Oldboy with Bale as the villain. Given his portrayal of Patrick Bateman, it seems like a perfect fit. Aronofsky’s “Noah” comes in a close second. Having these two work together could be nothing short of mind blowing.
What do you want to see Christian Bale doing: one of the above? Neither? Or maybe you just don’t want to see him at all?