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Elijah Wood, Anna Paquin and Tom Hiddleston join noir crime thriller BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Now this sounds good. Screen Daily is reporting that Anna Paquin, Elijah Wood and Tom Hiddleston has joined a crime flick called BLACK WINGS HAS MY ANGEL, based on a pulp novel by Elliott Chaze.

Adapted by Barry Gifford and to be directed by Alfonso Pineda Ulloa, this story is about an ex-con who robs an armored car with the help of a call-girl. There's apparently a whole lot of darkness in this project, with nobody being devil-free if you catch my drift.

The novel has been described as Jim Thompson-esque, which means this could be friggin' awesome-sauce.

Not sure who is playing what in this adaptation, other than it's a pretty good guess that Paquin will be the prostitute unless Elijah Wood is really wanting to go against type. Hiddleston is proving to be a very welcome screen presence and I think this one has all the makings of a quality project. Can't wait to see how it turns out!



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  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST


    by David Cloverfield

    Face of a madonna, heart made of dollar bills.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:08 a.m. CST

    He's not a prostitute, he's a hobbit!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Love those old pulp paperback covers

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    What I wouldn't give to see a modern-day movie poster done in that style.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:25 a.m. CST


    by alexander

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Great Book

    by John Weagly

    This is a terrific book, considered one of best of the Gold Medal pulp novels. It'll be interesting to see how this turns out. ------------------------- A BUCKET OF BOOBS by John Weagly - Available on Kindle!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Adapted by Barry Gifford?

    by fustfick

    I like the sound of that. Big time.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 12:05 p.m. CST

    Elijah Wood still has that wide eyed, little boy lost look, that may work

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    as a hobbit, or as a guy who sees his neighbor's dog as a human, but as a noir character? I dunno...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Nasty - I know Pulp Fiction tried for that look, but wasn't scuzzy

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    enough IMO. I thought Out Of Sight had a jazzy, Saul Bass-y sort of pulp look about it.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 12:29 p.m. CST

    This has taken a while

    by Jerry-Hello

    This project was first announced back in 2007. The screenwriter said it took 10 years to get the rights, but in an odd twist it seems the book is now in the public domain

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Hey, Mr. Quint, What about "The Home"

    by Mary

    Is 'The Home' still in the works? Last I heard any news about it was last summer. What gives? I'm happy that Elijah got his optioned book to the point where a movie will be made. That must be a great feeling.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Hmmm.... is noir starting to become the new fad?

    by lv_426

    L.A. Noire, the videogame L.A. Noir, the upcoming Frank Darabont produced TV series Blade Runner II (sci-fi/noir) Just one or two of those does well, and then we'll get Sin City II, and a whole glut of uber hip, self-aware noir stuff. It wouldn't surprise me if the Twitterheads and Facefuckers start pimping noir stylings as the new trend. Get ready to hear every dickhead with a couple-a-dollars to spare, walking down the street in a fedora while trying to impress with snappy 40's-50's slang.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 1:57 p.m. CST

    ^ correction

    by lv_426

    It wouldn't surprise me if the Twitterheads and Facefuckers start pimping noir stylings as the new trend. Get ready to hear every dickhead with a couple-a-dollars to spare trying to imitate Humphrey Bogart whilst walking down the street in a fedora trying to impress with snappy 40's-50's slang.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Dammit, lv_426, you're probably right....

    by eustisclay

    ...been wearing my fedoras for years. I'm kind of an old hippy that way. Starting wearing trenchcoats after I got out of the service and started with my army od green coat and over the past 30 years I've watched while trenchcoats or long coats became faddish. But you're right, I'm gonna have a mainstream look now, fuck!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 2:47 p.m. CST

    Elijah Wood was brilliantly dark and evil...

    by nightvip

    ... in sin city... love to see more of that pls.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Crappy Cover

    by Batlash

    Unbelievable! Elliott Chaze's book is one of the "holy grails" of Gold Medal paperback originals, and the very essence of the term "pulp fiction"! I'll cross my fingers and hope they pull this off because it could be spectacular. And it goes without saying that it needs to be a period piece. By the way, that's a really cheesy re-paint of the original Gold Medal paperback cover. Filmofilia has a scan of the real thing, or search for it online.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    Black Wings Can Has Cheeseburger

    by Duck of Death

    Just kidding, I'm on board.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:41 p.m. CST

    I miss novel covers like that

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    The girls always had impressive tits, and they were good jerk fodder between chapters.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:05 p.m. CST

    The Lookout.....decent flick.

    by deanmail

    anyone seen it? bloody good actors in a very modern day noir film but seemed to vanish because it was almost like a simplified version of memento (terrible comparison but its

  • Anthony Moody (one of the producers) commented elsewhere and clarified that Wood is playing a supporting role. Paquin and Hiddleston playing lead roles. Wood originally only wanted to produce but has agreed to a small part in the movie.