London Glimpse

London Boulevard, director-writer William Monahan‘s romantic crime drama with Colin Farrell and Keira Knightley costarring, finally has a trailer. I’ve been writing about this groaning wounded bear of a film for months, tracking how it went from being a high-expectation British noir (based on Monahan’s exalted Departed rep + his very good screenplay) to a “what happened?” disappointment looking for a way out of hell.

Rope of Silicon‘s Brad Brevet posted it earlier today.

London Boulevard will presumably be released stateside sometime next spring, or perhaps during the dumping ground of late August, by FilmDistrict, a “multi-faceted acquisition, distribution, production, and financing company” co-run by GK Films chief Graham King, former Apparition leader Bob Berney and GK Films president Peter Schlessel.

On 8.22 I ventured a guess “that Monahan’s superb screenwriting talent hasn’t fully translated over to directing, and that his inexperience combined with anal tendencies caused problems on the set (or so says a London source), and that reactions to the unfinished film were such that extra shooting was deemed necessary (ditto), and that King has decided to pull the plug on a fall awards-campaign release and punt instead for 2011. Again, some reporting but I’m mainly guessing.”

London Boulevard is a London-based crime drama about an ex-con named Mitchell (Colin Farrell), just out of the slammer, who falls in love with Charlotte (Keira Knightley), an actress who’s fallen into a odd kind of career slumber, while running afoul of some gangster guys (Eddie Marsan or Ray Winstone or both). Costars include David Thewlis, Anna Friel, Ophelia Lovibond, Ben Chaplin, Sanjeev Baskhar and Jamie Campbell Bower.

“We’re in hell, gentlemen…that’s where we are. In hell.”

  • Indeed

    Looks great to me.

    I’ll be there opening night. Colin Farrell (with accent) + Ray Winstone = sold.

  • 4th grade army

    Looks amazing and beautifully shot. Colin Farrell’s character seems akin to the 70’s Steve McQueen, Michael Caine gangster characters.

    I think this is GK’s first independently distributed film and that might have something to do with the release dates and whatnot. Either way, the trailer looks good. Only, I would have replaced London Calling with The Stooges “Gimme Danger”. More appropriate, i think.

  • Eloi Wrath

    Goddamn, someone needs to ban the use of Kasabian in any trailers or commercials. And stop using ‘London Calling’ in every goddamned film or TV show that happens to feature London.

    The worst example was when they used in Die Another Day. As if they needed to indicate to the audience that they were in London. Where James Bond fucking lives.

  • DiscoNap

    Pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty good. Should have highlighted Knightley more, maybe even played up the angle so the title made more sense. Although almost no one alive watching the trailer has probably seen SUNSET.

    I wouldn’t worry too much about the release date. IN BRUGES did about as well as could be expected for a really early release date. It’s probably twice as good as this, but didn’t have half this pedigree. Looking forward to it.

    Also it seems like Farrell has finally figured his London accent out.

  • sumo-pop

    It sure as hell is a good looking trailer.

  • the sordid sentinel

    Looks very good from here. I absolutely love this kind of stuff when it’s done right. No shortage of talent in front of the camera, that’s for sure.

  • MechanicalShark

    Despite the cliche trailer music, looks good. Great cast. Farrell really turned things around with In Bruges, and now he has a really interesting career. and man, WINSTONE POWER. The Proposition, Sexy Beast, The Departed. Oh wait, Thewlis, too? And aw yeah, Anna Friel. So gorgeous. No idea why she isn’t a star yet.

  • Sams

    If the feedback you’ve received is accurate, then they probably made a trailer that’s better than the actual film. And I’ve sadly seen quite a few of those lately

  • Eloi Wrath

    I’m really looking forward to this one. My only worry is that Monahan is too keen on the British gangster genre, and sticks too slavishly to the standards. I don’t want him to copy Lock, Stock, or anything,.

  • raquelswell

    The trailer is cut like a Chanel perfume commercial. Looks alright though. I quite like it. Never liked Farrel until the last couple years. Just wish it was Anna or Ophelia as his love interest.