Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Create A Short Film
With the BFI & O2
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Empire Podcast 177: Ron Perlman, Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland
We won't lie, things get pretty Kray Kray
Ron Perlman Talks Hellboy III
Exclusive: 'He has to take down civilisation...'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Offer New Clues To The Film
And Kylo Ren talks at last...
Straight Outta Compton Sequel To Focus On Death Row Records
Producer L. Leigh Savidge adapting his documentary
Andrea Riseborough Signs Up For Bloodline
Joining John Leguizamo as another new cast regular
Selena Gomez Set For Bad Neighbours 2
Playing Chloe Grace Moretz's sorority rival
Stephen Rider Joins Daredevil Season 2
Playing District Attorney Blake Tower
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
17 May 2015
Nicolas Cage Reunites With Mike Figgis For Exit 147
And he'll also appear in Paul Schrader's Dog Eat Dog
More Movie News

RELATED REVIEWS
Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (2009)
Empire Star Rating
The Walker (2007)
Empire Star Rating
Dominion: Prequel To The Exorcist
Empire Star Rating
Auto Focus
Empire Star Rating
Bringing Out The Dead
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Paul Schrader Is Off To Bollywood
To direct action movie, Extreme City

25 November 2008  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

Paul Schrader is swapping Hollywood for Bollywood.

The screenwriting genius behind Taxi Driver and Raging Bull has not only agreed to make his next film, the action thriller Extreme City, in Mumbai, but he’s soaking up the stylistic influences of the Indian film industry as well.

The film, which tells the story of an American who travels to India to resolve a kidnapping incident for his father-in-law, only to get caught up in gangster business, will incorporate some Bollywood traditions, such as musical numbers, while dialogue will be spoken in English and Hindi.

It’s a bold move for Schrader, but in a way, it’s not entirely a surprise. Even though his most recent directorial effort, Adam Resurrected, has been attracting good reviews, particularly for the lead turn from star Jeff Goldblum, Schrader has always faced a struggle to get his movies made in America.

This came to a head most famously in 2003 when his work on what would have been The Exorcist: The Beginning was halted by Warner Bros., who hired Renny Harlin to shoot a new version of Schrader’s own material. Even though Schrader’s vision was eventually released as Dominion: A Prequel To The Exorcist, the experience must have provoked him into looking for alternatives to Hollywood.

And he’s found it in Bollywood, with famous Indian director Anubhav Sinha pulling producing duty. Schrader is currently working on the script for the movie, which may yet be funded by a large Bollywood studio. We wish him well.

If it comes off, Schrader will be just the latest director to try their luck in India – Danny Boyle, of course, shot the vibrant and Oscar-tipped Slumdog Millionaire in Mumbai, Wes Anderson shot The Darjeeling Limited there, and Jennifer Lynch’s next movie, Hisss, is a Bollywood production.

Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

31 Days Of Larry Fills Lionsgate's Diary
Rom-com from writer Corinne Kingsbury
First Look At Monsters Vs Aliens
Empire is dazzled by new 3D footage

Your Comments

Finally Mr Schrader can atone for past sins.
I liked Taxi Driver, I really did. But it was quite dark. What it really needed was some musical numbers interspersed in order to lighten the tone. Imagine Travis Bickle kicking the TV over and singing about his sociopathic malaise. Or cast of thousands singing 'are you lookin' at me?'. The same problem afflicted the Last Temptation of Christ. Even the Life of Brian had a song. Hopefully Schrader will love up to the dream More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 09:16 on 25 November 2008 | Report This Post

Finally Mr Schrader can atone for past sins.
I liked Taxi Driver, I really did. But it was quite dark. What it really needed was some musical numbers interspersed in order to lighten the tone. Imagine Travis Bickle kicking the TV over and singing about his sociopathic malaise. Or cast of thousands singing 'are you lookin' at me?'. The same problem afflicted the Last Temptation of Christ. Even the Life of Brian had a song. Hopefully Schrader will love up to the dream More

Posted by inkedbeatnik at 09:15 on 25 November 2008 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets The Stars Of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
On the Sundance smash, bedroom posters and Nick Offerman

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)