Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe to Empire!
Save up to 63%
Want To Be An Empire Journalist?
We're looking for reporters for the BFI London Film Festival
Movie News

02 October 2015
Final Spectre Trailer Flies In
''I came here to kill you...''
First Image From The New Bridget Jones
Renée Zellweger gets technical
Empire Podcast 181: Anne Hathaway And Robert De Niro
The Intern stars stop by for a chat
Sony Plans An Animated Ghostbusters Film
Toon you gonna call?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt Has A New Role In Sight
He's attached to the thriller pitch
More Movie News

02 September 2015
Mississippi Grind Trailer Bets On Drama
Ben Mendelsohn's struggling poker veteran needs help from Ryan Reynolds
More Movie News

Mississippi Grind
23 October 2015
More Future Films

Self/Less (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Woman In Gold (2015)
Empire Star Rating
The Voices (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Deadpool (2015)
Empire Star Rating
Turbo (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Ryan Reynolds Is Feeling Selfless
Planning mind transference with Tarsem

26 April 2013  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

submit to reddit

Ryan Reynolds

The temporal ripples from last year's Looper are continuing to wash over Hollywood, with studio and production company radars especially tuned to detect high-concept thrillers. One such is Selfless, being developed between Film District and Endgame Entertainment. The arch-visualist Tarsem Singh is in talks to direct, and on the cast side, Ryan Reynolds is considering putting his name above the title.

The screenplay is by Alex and David Pastor, who wrote and directed the 2009 indie pandemic horror Carriers. The idea at the heart of Selfless is mind transference, with a dying wealthy older man getting his consciousness moved into a younger host. The process doesn't quite go according to plan though, when it transpires that the corpse he's now inhabiting was a murder victim.

This leads to some confusion on the part of the killers who now think they botched their job and come back to finish it off properly. There's also a mystery element, with our hero putting the story together of why his host was murdered in the first place.

Director and star seem a good fit for the material, we'd say. Reynolds has a proven track record both in run-and-gun roles and in the more fantastical side of things. And Tarsem (Immortals, Mirror Mirror) dealt with strange technology in The Cell. This one doesn't sound as if it will have space for surreal VR landscapes, but he'll have something bizarre up his sleeve, mark our words.

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

Jake Gyllenhaal On Trail Of Nightcrawler
With Rene Russo and Dan Gilroy
Disney Re-Scales Pete's Dragon
UPDATE: David Lowery in talks to direct his script

Jessica Chastain On The Martian
On becoming an astronaut and rescuing Matt Damon AGAIN

My Movie Life: Justin Kurzel
The Macbeth director on how Rocky changed his life and the worst ever date movie

Life On Mars: Trips To The Red Planet
A dozen of cinema's Martian misadventures

Hallowed Ground: Folk Horror In British Film
Ten tales from our island's dark past

All Hail Macbeth! The Scottish Play On Film
By the pricking of our thumbs, ten adaptations this way come(s)

Licence Denied: The Bond Themes You Didn't Get To Hear
A dozen of 007's greatest misses

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…

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)