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Top 200 Most Anticipated Films for 2014: #162. Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler


Director: Dan Gilroy
Writer: Dan Gilroy
Producers: Michel Litvak, David Lancaster, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jennifer Fox, Tony Gilroy
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed

Not a character spin-off from the X-Men series, but rather the directing debut from the writer of Real Steel, The Bourne Legacy and the more noteworthy title in his scribing filmography: The Fall. Paired with cinematographer Robert Elswit (Paqul Thomas Anderson’s right-hand man), this is an adult dramatic thriller might be our L.A. Confidential for the new age. Off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush.

Gist: A young man stumbles upon the underground world of L.A. freelance crime journalism.

Release Date: Shot in October of last year, it would not be impossible to see this break into Cannes but this will likely be a red carpet premiere in Toronto where films featuring Jake G play like gangbusters and pact with a major studio.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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