(Written for Lost In The Multiplex)
Luis Prieto’s upcoming remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s 1996 cult classic Pusher has a new US trailer this week.
The film follows a London drug pusher named Frank, played by Richard Coyle (W.E. & TV’s Coupling), for a full week as his life turns into chaos after a deal goes wrong. The more desperate his behaviour gets, the more isolated he becomes until there’s nothing left standing between him and the nine millimetre bullet his debtors intend to put through his skull.
The new trailer has a lot more footage to show and with Refn serving as executive producer I think we Prieto will have remade the original pretty well.
I managed to speak to the film’s director about making the film earlier this year. Prieto told me: “Having him as an executive producer was both a blessing and a gift. From the very start Nicolas was extremely respectful with my decisions as director and he never stepped in the way of my work. He was so cool with me – I recall him telling me, ‘Remember this is your film, not mine.’ It was very special.”
“The only thing that I share from the original is the script, which Mathew Read has done a great job of rewriting,” he continued. “So you could say that I just took advantage of the interest of the producers to make the remake to actually shoot my own film.”
Also starring British actors Bronson Webb (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), Mem Ferda (The Devil’s Double), Paul Kaye (Match Point), Daisy Lewis, and Bill Thomas, Pusher is set to be released on 12th October.