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Peter Weir Will Enter THE KEEP!

Nordling here.

No, not that KEEP.  Michael Mann's KEEP, while flawed, is still pretty effective and creepy, and I've been waiting for an extended cut of that movie for years.  No, Peter Weir's KEEP is based on the 2006 novel by Jennifer Egan, according to Variety, in which two cousins decide to come together and make a go at opening a vacation getaway in a European castle that turns out to be haunted.  Knowing Weir's work, there will probably be some severe psychological trauma involved, and this sounds very inspired from Stanley Kubrick's work on THE SHINING.

I'd love to see Peter Weir's career have a resurgence - I watched MASTER AND COMMANDER recently and wow does that film hold up.  in fact, I'd say it's one of the best of the last decade, with performances that are across-the-board spectacular and an epic sweep that blockbusters today rarely achieve.  Weir going into "haunted caslte" territory sounds extremely promising, and I'm excited to see him return to filmmaking after THE WAY BACK failed to garner much attention.  He's a master filmmaker, who never compromises his vision, and hopefully THE KEEP will be a real return for him.

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  • May 21, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Aww, Mannnn!!!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    I thought is was THAT Keep!

  • May 21, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Love Weir!

    by Felix

    He had a great run of movies there for a bit...even Randy Newman says so.

  • May 21, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander

    by LF Martinez

    Is one of the great historical adventure films of all time. The acting, dramatic sweep, and cinematography (not to mention the beautiful classical score) are top notch. I always hoped he would continue to make more Master and Commander films since there are many novels in the series. I would like to revisit the characters of Lucky Jack and his Irish surgeon again...Russell Crowe and Paul Bettany brought their A games to their roles. Peter Weir is a fantastic director with a unique visual style that will lend itself nicely to a film about a dark and foreboding castle.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Witness is still Weir's best

    by slone13

    Some credit should be given to John Seale's beautiful cinematography as well

  • May 21, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    It's sad Master and Commander never spawned sequels..

    by Karl Childers

    ..that's a real headscratcher. Better than any Avatar movie.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Aaah thank God

    by judderman

    There is simply no way to make THAT Keep any good, and I didn't want to see Peter Weir throw himself against it. Still, this Keep will be inevitably compared to that Keep, which won't do its buzz any favours.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:07 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander

    by Brian

    That fact that it didn't spawn sequels really stung me. Loved that soundtrack to death. I'll check out anything by Weir.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Who's scripting?

    by Doctor Bumhole

    I'm too lazy to check imdb. Weir's great though. That barn dance scene from Witness contains the single greaest piece of acting Harrison Ford ever did. The subtle awkwardness and sexual tension brimming under the surface is just electric. It's a masterful show of subtle direction and performance. Incredible. One of the greatest scenes ever filmed. Yeah, fuck you all too. Cunts.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:11 p.m. CST

    With Picnic At Hanging Rock and The Last Wave, this sounds right up Weir's alley.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Lets not forget The Mosquito Coast when bringing up Weir's greats, also.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander

    by Chris

    That is one of my favorite films. The book series which it is based on is very good and quite expansive. I never understood why crap movies can get financed yet something as awesome and well put together as Master and Commander cannot get a sequel. It has a rich and vibrant world to draw from in the books. They get into a lot of epic adventures. Bah. Fuck Hollywood.

  • May 21, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Also Agree About Master & Commander

    by Crow3711

    Such a great flick. I don't see how it could ever not "hold up" considering they just went all out and made it for real. There's not a lot of CGI in there if I recall. Just a great story, great characters, acting, everything,

  • May 21, 2012, 1:24 p.m. CST

    I read the book. I don't remember what happens in it.

    by bah

    Something about a pool and a tower. I think there's kind of a metafiction thing going too.

  • An utterly fantastic film in all respects. Would have loved to see more adventures with the same creative team and actors. Cinema, for the most part, has been thin in comparison to that film since.

  • movies like as excellent as this don't make money. movies with robots that turn into cars make money. movies like M&C make studio ceo's unemployed. so, um, any studio ceo's tired of their job? i want a goddamn sequel!!

  • May 21, 2012, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander

    by Industrious Angel

    I didn't bother to catch it on the big screen because frankly I'm not into that stuff, but this year we bought it on DVD and now I regret it. (Not having seen it when it came out) Wonderfully intense film, and yes, they SHOULD go for a sequel in that case.

  • I thought the acting performances in The Way Back were brilliant, but the film really did feel like you were wandering around aimlessly in nature for 3 hours, so I was disappointed overall. Even with that, the percentage of Weir films in my all time top 20 is pretty high.

  • May 21, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    Weir does horror

    by kwisatzhaderach

    This will be amazing. The rock sequence of Picnic at Hanging Rock is absolutely terrifying.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander...

    by Rhuragh

    One of the ten best films of the 2000s. I love that film so much, and I'm so disappointed that we haven't had any more of them. The Way Back was really good too. I can't wait to see whatever Weir does next.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    By the way...

    by Rhuragh

    Master & Commander made just under 94 million. That's not bad at all. Unfortunately the film cost 150 mil to make. But, with worldwide gross, it did turn a profit! A few years ago while Rome was in its second season, there was some news here about Max Pirkis (who was in both Master & Commander and Rome) that Fox was considering doing further films in the series. It seems that a large part of the cost of the first film was in creating the H.M.S. Surprise. Since the ship is already built, they'd be able to reuse it rather than having to build another one. Presumably they're taking very good care of it even now, nine years later. I haven't read the books, but as I recall from reading synopses years ago, large parts of them occur on land in Europe during the Peninsular War. If they were to make another film and have it take place half on land and half at sea, they could probably make another for quite a bit less.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander 2!

    by Andrew Coleman

    Fucking even bring in another cast... Those stories are bad fucking ass.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    STILL no DVD/Blu-Ray release of Mann's "The Keep"

    by thelordofhell

    But you can watch the whole thing on youtube

  • May 21, 2012, 2:25 p.m. CST

    The Keep has already been made by Michael Mann

    by kimbers

    ok not this story but Michael Manns' somewhat flawed masterpiece is still a brilliant film and crying out for a restoration and directors cut! its got nazis vs a badass demon what more could you want?

  • May 21, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    To all of you wondering why M&C cant get a sequel

    by shane peterson

    Jesus, look at the box office. That's the simple truth. It didn't make enough for the studio heads to take another risk at a sequel. By the way, I love Master and Commander. Great characters, story, vfx, everything is perfect in that film. But Weir always does great work. Even The Way Back was well made.

  • May 21, 2012, 2:39 p.m. CST

    The Keep is on Netflix...

    by Ultron ver 2.0

    .....just watched it a few months ago. Love the soundtrack and Duke Leto in the lead role.

  • Until that, it was very atmospheric and suspenseful. The stories, the mysterious deaths, weird sounds. But man, that muscle man rubber monster suit was like something from another movie.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Fearless is a forgotten masterpiece.

    by Randy

    Beautiful ending.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:10 p.m. CST

    The Keep

    by J

    What a great, low-budget but memorable flick. One of my favorite flicks I saw as a kid, right up there with Bermuda Depths... Mmmmmm, Hot and Spicy Connie Sellecca number...... Gotta say though, I do recommendThe Keep book series by F. Paul Wilson over the movie. Just sayin.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    Repairman Jack

    by John Baranick

    Who should star? I suppose Gosling would be today's 'go to' guy..... Wish they could get those made.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Love Master and Commander

    by Todd1700

    One of my absolute favorites. Sad times we live in when brain dead horse shit like Transformers draws in enough cash to get 3 big budget releases and a masterpiece like M&C struggles to turn a profit.

  • May 21, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    The Keep - Weird movie, hallucinogenic score

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Tangerine Dream made a bunch of memorable, trippy film scores - most notably this film and “Sorcerer.” Like some others, the movie intrigued me enough to track down the book – which I then realized was part of a series outlining a longstanding feud between the two main protagonists. Unfortunately, the book was not compelling enough to keep going with the series……

  • Weir never really went away. Hollywood has systematically destroyed the market for adult entertainment, instead pandering to the sniveling fanboys with mega-expensive super heroics (which I unabashedly love) or chintzy rom-coms (which I loathe). There isn't much left in the coffers to make anything else. If the mega expensive super hero flick flops, the studio has their asses covered with some stupid Rachel McAdams horseshit. Which brings me to the impeccable Mr. Weir. A truly great filmmaker, and the only one living that holds a candle to the great David Lean (sorry Spielberg - you don't come close). He knows how to tell any kind of story in the most effective way. No spastic shaky cam or exposition shot and cut around actors trapped in a circle of dolly track (even Nolan does that shit), no useless work that lacks confidence. No cheap shit from Weir at all. J.J. Star Trek just popped into my head, and the terrible camera work in that film comes to mind in contrast to Weir's total confidence. Yeah, I could use a Peter Weir movie right about now. We all could.

  • May 21, 2012, 4:29 p.m. CST

    M&C.. A damn shame

    by JAGUART

    So much more story to tell. I also regret not seeing it in the theatre and pine for sequels

  • May 21, 2012, 4:43 p.m. CST

    thx1968 yes indeed about budgets

    by shane peterson

    Things are either incredibly expensive high concept spectacle or low budget romantic comedies. There are no in-between films anymore.

  • May 21, 2012, 5:13 p.m. CST

    THAT "Keep"....now that's a film I'd like to see rebooted!!!

    by marineboy

  • May 21, 2012, 5:20 p.m. CST

    Can't writers and film makers think up original titles?

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    Couldn't Jennifer Egan think of something different to The Keep which has already been used?

  • May 21, 2012, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Like Michael Crighton taking Conan Doyle's Lost World.

    by LORDOFLIGHT

    Along with Spielberg. Think of your own titles you lame fuckers!

  • May 21, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    MASTER AND COMMANDER

    by blackwood

    It's so heartening to see so much love for that film here. It's in my top 5 of all time. I thought THE WAY BACK was pretty underrated, too. Not a masterpiece like MC, but a pretty solid survivalist flick. Certainly yards better than that overhyped duff THE GREY.

  • May 21, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Shit! Shit shit shit! I was hoping it'd be a remake of the Mann film.

    by AlienFanatic

    I really loved the vibe of the Mann film, though the book was miles better. I'd love to see the film redone to be closer to the book. Of all the remakes out there, lord at least that one would be deserving. Oh well.

  • May 21, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    Master and Commander is the best Star Trek movie, EVER!!!...

    by schizoschizo

    ...followed by Galaxy Quest.

  • May 21, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Weir is one of the greats

    by Octaveaeon

    and M&C one of my favourite movies, so i find it heartening that so many feel the same way. And I don't care how often I have said this, but i'd sell my left testicle for a Weir directed Dune...

  • May 21, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    The Keep SHOULD be remade

    by RoarsLoudly

    Another writer should take stab at it. The book was so fascinating. You had Nazis and this age-less evil. Mann's film had a lot of great things going for it but how they rendered in concept the demon/spirit/energy was very amatuerish. Also the story should stayed closer to the source material.

  • May 21, 2012, 7:57 p.m. CST

    Wow, schizoschizo is right...

    by goodhorse

    M&C is a great premise for a Star Trek flick! BTW, agree with all the love for M&C - really played to Russell Crowe's strength portraying a leader of men. And Bettany has never been better.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Michael Mann's The Keep

    by Clio

    Sorry, but it is not effective and creepy. It is a travesty of the novel by F. Paul Wilson. It was the script that was abysmal. I mean, you've got Sir Ian McKellen, Jurgen Prochnow, Gabriel Byrne, and Scott Glen in the cast. How could that possibly bomb? But it did. The Keep definitely needs to be remade. The novel takes place in the same universe as Wilson's later novels starring Repairman Jack. Stephen King (yes, that Stephen King) styles himself as the president of the Repairman Jack Fan Club.

  • May 21, 2012, 8:57 p.m. CST

    jb10000lakes...

    by Terry Powell

    ...I like Ben Foster for the part.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:05 p.m. CST

    @clio

    by Todd1700

    Yeah I clicked on this topic excited at the prospect that Weir was going to be doing a reboot on F Paul Wilsons book. Great book but the movie just missed badly. And as you mentioned managed to fail with a pretty impressive cast. Hopefully some day someone will revisit it and do a better job.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:11 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander cinema experience.

    by Feral Colon

    One of those rare times in my life where I immediately fell into the story from the very first minutes. Forgot I was sitting in a movie theatre. The credits rolled and I gently returned to reality. Haven't left a movie theatre feeling that good in a long time. Just damn fine storytelling and craftsmanship. Like a great bedtime story.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Master & Commander on my regular rotation list

    by RogueWarrior65

    There are about a dozen or so films that are on my regular viewing rotation. If anyone in Hollyweird is listening, this is one of few excuses you have to avoid original content.

  • May 21, 2012, 9:44 p.m. CST

    Peter Weir needs to work more

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Great filmmakers who only make a new movie every 5+ years are pretentious. Get ta work, ya bums...!

  • May 21, 2012, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Won't someone re-release Fearless in widescreen?

    by ScoobySnack

    I still have the laserdisc because the DVD was mastered in crappy pan & scan. Please, someone tell me a Peter Weir collection is coming out on Blu-ray, including a remastered Fearless in widescreen. It *is* a forgotten masterpiece, and it's my all-time favorite movie. I wish WB would treat it with a bit more respect.

  • May 21, 2012, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Weir should have made The Lord of the Rings.

    by Ironhelix

    It would have been FAR better than what we got, which was a ridiculous perversion of the source material.

  • May 22, 2012, 1:34 a.m. CST

    They should made the novels of The Keep

    by chien_sale

    The movie that the Michale Mann was based on that? Great series of books better than the movie.

  • May 22, 2012, 3:33 a.m. CST

    3 Reasons to LOVE Peter Weir

    by Glenn

    (1) He hates the screenplay format. No, really, he says it all the time in interviews, possibly even while talking with Kermode in the UK. He prefers writing his own 'scripts' in a more novelistic fashion, even past tense, just to get at more depth, he says. He then lets the ProdMgr work out the scheduling. That's balls, y'all. The only other writers who did things like that were also directors -- Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" script is something like 160 pages. And Coppola -- Francis (can't believe I have to delineate that, but there goes) -- even preferred working from the books he adapted with his notes around it. Whereas, someone whose story instincts are well-planted (sometimes pejoratively) like Spielberg, he actually has his writers color-code their pages, for humour/suspense/scares/violence/etc. (2) He plays music on set. Famously, he played a lot of Pink Floyd during the shooting of "Fearless." Okay, just the fact that Peter Weir appreciates Pink Floyd that much, is enough to put on this list. (3) He made a romantic comedy -- and I liked it. Say what you will, but "Green Card" is a romance for adults, in tone, in style, in writing, in performance, and -- ta DA -- music choice. And uh, if you remember... he uses Enya's music. That's right. Peter Weir somehow made ENYA suitable for one of his films. It WORKS. But don't trust me. Watch it. That's only happened one other time and Fincher was using it ironically. Anyway, that's just 3. There are probably, really, actually, 167 reasons to like him. I wanted to elucidate 3 of the least remembered.

  • May 22, 2012, 5:20 a.m. CST

    peter weir/repairman jack

    by Wyrdy the Gerbil

    Its a Weir film after all so im probably going to see it anyway he`s made a few films i can re-watch all the time, but bugger me if it had been F Paul Wilson's(one of my fave SF writers) The Keep then it would have been a must see for me.....

  • May 22, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    Didn't he also do Truman Show as well?

    by textual

    Enjoyed that one as a kid, even if the third act was wonky. There was a great Nickelodeon special right before the movie came out that's never come out on DVD that dealt with questions not answered in the movie. Everyone was in character and it gave you a better grasp of how much they let him know about the world and how much they didn't.

  • May 22, 2012, 8:25 a.m. CST

    Master and Truman get played every few years. Both masterpieces

    by UltraTron

  • May 22, 2012, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Add me to the M&C grouplove/gangbang

    by tye dye mann

    But, as much as I would love to see Wier, Crowe, Bettany, even that one hobbit back aboard the Surprise, I do not believe that Wier ever intended it to be a franchise. They pick and chose from pretty much all of the twenty completed books to put together one story that would encapsulate the world of the books, and did a remarkable job. For example, while I would have loved to see the doctor go off ship for a mission as an agent for the crown, the look that passes between Crowe and Bettany when they are discussing Bonaparte's spies in England was more than enough to convey that the doctor was much more than he appeared. That was it. One loaded statement with a knowing look and the audience knew all it needed to know about the doctor's dual role on the ship. Again, remarkably well done.

  • May 22, 2012, 9:10 a.m. CST

    add me to the list. M&C is a masterpiece

    by matthooper8

    I tell people about it all the time, and most have never heard of it.

  • May 22, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Despised Master & Commander

    by 9000rpm

    I walked out about 10 minutes before the end because I just couldn't take the pain any more. I 'm glad M&c did so poorly at the box office. If this film had good word of mouth that would pretty much mean the estroginization of the modern male was complete.

  • May 22, 2012, 10:12 a.m. CST

    @9000rpm

    by Ironhelix

    I don't normally attack people for their taste in movies, as everyone is different, but saying that you "despised" Master and Commander pretty much makes you an idiot. Walking out 10 min before the end makes you an insufferable idiot.

  • May 22, 2012, 10:46 a.m. CST

    ironhelix: the point is

    by 9000rpm

    Most people agreed with me. M&C was awful, Bettany's character was almost unwatchable, and the word of mouth was so poor there won't be any sequels. It doesn't happen a lot but now and then the majority gets it right.

  • May 22, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    M&C - My favorite movie based upon my favorite books.

    by Mel Garga

    Yes, Weir did confirm that he doesn't do sequels. He also mentioned in the same interview that the budget was enormous because of the cost of the CGI. Crowe is perfectly cast and Bettany, though completely fine in the film, doesn't quite live up to O'Brian's reptilian description. There is tons of material for more films. Besides the epic sea battles, Maturin's work as an intelligence agent could work as it's own film.

  • May 22, 2012, 11:56 a.m. CST

    In the UK this will be known as "The Keep Assembles"

    by DrManhattansUnit

  • May 22, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    The love for M & C shown here brings a happy tear to my eye!

    by Neil Peart

    <p>Thank you all for making this O'Brian geek's day! A glass of wine with you! Mr. Garga, I observe the bottle stands by you!</p> <p>By George, there absolutely should be a sequel! I know Mr. Weir doesn't like sequels but perhaps someone else could take the reins. Please!</p>

  • May 22, 2012, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Master And Commander

    by Lemmys_E_string

    Christ, just how great is that film. Wier puts your right on that ship, its like spending a couple of hours in a maritime museum, you can smell the gunpowder and sandlewood in some of those scenes. Fantastic stuff.

  • May 22, 2012, 1:03 p.m. CST

    Neil, you have debauched my sloth.

    by Mel Garga

    "A covert glance showed that he was a small, dark, white-faced creature in a rusty black coat – a civilian."

  • May 22, 2012, 10:22 p.m. CST

    M and C love

    by Briestro

    Oh, it's in my top 5 of all time. I bet the following year at the Academy awards was a good time for Billy Boyd. He was in both M and C and ROTK and they both had 10-11 noms a piece. M and C would have swept everything in any other year. B

  • May 22, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    The Way Back....

    by Andy_Dufresne

    was the balls. Just a great movie.

  • May 23, 2012, 12:57 a.m. CST

    To right! Master and Commander!

    by Lesley

    One of those movies you will always come back to and just find it has aged like a fine wine. It is also one of those movies you know in your heart thank god hollywood didn't force a sequel out of it! I will stand on it's own forever!

  • May 23, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Master and Commander is one of my favs

    by RedJester

    It's criminal it never spawned a sequel.