HOLLYWOOD – Mads Mikkelsen plays Vladimir Putin in a new biopic of the Russian leader.

Nicolas Winding Refn confirmed that he had found his Putin. Refn regular Mads Mikkelsen is to take the role in the new movie Vlad the Impaler. Speaking EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec, the Hannibal star had this to say:

I love working with Nicolas so I read any script he sends me. This one looks like a home run. We trace the life of the Russian leader from when he was a naive young KGB man to the giddy heights of power. And yes, we detail the relationships that have mattered most to him. Yeltsin, Gorbachev and Trump. We go there. And you know Nicolas, it gets pretty extreme.

Like Only God Forgives?

And Valhalla Rising too.

How are you preparing for the role?

The same as I did for Hannibal but without the cooking.

Vlad the Impaler will be released in 2018.



HOLLYWOOD – Following on from the cult success of Drive in 2011, Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling are teaming up for the long awaited sequel: Drive 2: Uber Driver.

The EXCLUSIVE first look poster arrived in the offices of the Studio Exec this morning along with the Drive 2 synopsis.

Driver is a man who has lost everything: his career as a stunt driver, his best friend, his girl. Chased by the mob, wanted by the cops and pressed by the … you know … economy, Driver is forced to take on one more job, one last job before he can split forever. He becomes an Uber Driver.

Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn called into the offices to chat about the new film.

Basically I did not want to make this sequel. I went to the Far East to make Only God Forgives as a way of doing something totally different. I knew James Sallis [author of the original Drive novel] had written a sequel called Driven, but I wasn’t interested in doing that, but I was back in LA last month and I was going to some industry function. I called a car. And who was driving it? Ryan Reynolds! It turned out that after Only God Forgives and Gangster Squad he’s been finding it difficult to get work. So we talked. I give him five stars. And I came up with this idea.

How will Drive 2 differ from Drive?

It will be less violent. I’ve done the violence thing now and when we talked to the Uber people about helping us out with some corporate sponsorship they did bring up in a note the issue that having an Uber driver working as a hit-man was kind of  a no-no for them. So we took out the violence and we just had Driver be a regular Uber guy.

Does he get a good rating form his clients?

No, because he doesn’t talk much. He just chews matchsticks and everyone keeps saying ‘Hey, are you Ryan Reynolds?’ And that makes Driver really mad, but he holds it in, quietly.

Driver 2 will be released in 2016.


HOLLYWOOD – Following the success of a BBC remix by Zane Lowe, Nicolas Winding Refn is to re-release Drive Remixed, featuring a new score based on the musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Pusher director spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:

I watched the re-scored version of the film and I felt inspired. I phoned Ryan Gosling up and Carey Mulligan and we went into the studio Monday morning and recorded Truly Scrumptious, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Lovely Lonely Man, Toot Sweets and Come to the Fun Fair. Then Tuesday I put them into the film and we got the CGI guys to get their lips to move in synch. It was absolutely f*cking awesome. It brings out a whole new level to the film that I didn’t even suspect was there before.

What was the most surprising discovery?

The elevator scene. When Ryan is stamping on that guy’s head, he’s singing Hushabye Mountain and we re-edited it as well so it looks like he’s tap dancing. I mean we watched it on Friday and we all had tears in our eyes when the lights came back up. ‘This is like a joke right?’ Ryan said. Probably just because he was so happy with seeing his keynote performance rediscovered in such a truly awesome way.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the creation of James Bond author Ian Fleming. The tale of a flying car which travels to a distant land was made into a film scripted by Roald Dahl and directed by Ken Hughes. It starred Dick Van Dyke and Sally Ann Howes. Another James Bond connection was evident in the casting of Goldfinger, Gert Frobes and the producer was the same as the 007 series, Harry Saltzman. The songs were written by the Sherman Brothers. Drive Remixed will not follow the plot of the original film.

Drive Remixed: Drivey Drivey Stamp Stamp will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD in time for Christmas. 


HOLLYWOOD -In what sociologists are calling a ‘disturbing trend’, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn has changed his name to Nicolas Win-a-Ding Bada-Bing Refn in an effort to be taken less seriously.

The Only God Forgives director explained the change exclusively to Studio Exec:

I was inspired by Cate Blanket (for more on that story click HERE). Here’s an actress at the top of her game and she suddenly decides to leap fully clothed into whimsy. Well done. 

What changes do you expect the name to make?

To begin with it will make interviews longer and I really enjoy interviews. Plus it will force critics to stop taking my films so seriously I mean really do we have to always pour over my films as if they actually mean something? I don’t see anyone doing that with Kevin James movies and they must mean something as well. 

Other Hollywood stars contemplating changing their names are Miley Cyrus who is reportedly considering the moniker F*ckety F*ck F*ck and Jamie Foxx who rather sensibly wants to go normal as Jamie Fox. For further news remember to check the Studio Exec website on a second by second basis.