Nicolas Winding Refn‘s next project has been announced. He’ll be teaming up with James Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall, Spectre) for a Tokyo-set action thriller.
Normally when such a project is announced it gets a very brief synopsis that gives us a slight idea of what to expect. But the plot synopsis for Refn’s latest project is anything but, in fact, it is very detailed. Check it out below.
The Playlist (via Crouching Tigers Project Lab) says the action epic came from Refn’s desire to direct a “a big extravagant action film” inspired by Ian Fleming’s seminal Bond book “Dr. No” and William Burroughs’ “Nova Express.” Based on the story of the mute former spy tasked with killing the head of a Yakuza. Here’s the fully detailed synopsis:
The spy was one of the leading spies in Europe. An injury inflicted to his vocal cords during a failed mission six years ago left him mute, forcing him to leave his profession. Now, six years later, he is sought out and put on confidential assignment by a former Yakuza, now a retired Japanese businessman in exile in France, to track down and kill the head of the most dangerous Yakuza family in Japan.
Afraid of flying, our spy anonymously boards a cargo ship headed for Tokyo. An onboard explosion sinks the ship and our spy finds himself washed ashore on a life raft in southern Japan. As a mute, our spy must silently journey through Japan seeking 4 clues – symbolizing conquest, war, famine, and death – which will guide him to the unknown location of the Yakuza boss. Meanwhile, the Yakuza boss, known for his 2004 mass slaughter of Yakuza members who had turned against him, is believed to be plotting to reenter the Japanese underworld after living in his own surreptitious world in the mountains, void of all technology. This way of life becomes an obsession for the Yakuza boss. Rumors spread that he had committed suicide years ago but escaped prisoners from his hidden camp told stories of his plan for a comeback. Now rival Yakuza families suspect he is forming a master plan to return, a plan that unburies the most infamous story of Yakuza betrayal.
Our spy finds himself on an existential journey through Japan in search of pieces to the puzzle that will lead him to a confrontation with the ultimate Yakuza boss in a terrifying conclusion.
This all sounds very amazing, and one hopes that a studio will share the same sentiment. Of course, this is only an announcement, and it sounds like Refn is getting everything together to convince a studio that the project will be something worth watching.
We’ll keep you up to date as the project develops.
[Source: The Playlist via Crouching Tigers Project Lab]