Trailer & Poster for the Remake of Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Pusher’

Published 1 year ago by , Updated September 22nd, 2012 at 3:37 pm,

Nicolas Winding Refn may not be a household name, but his 2011 film Drive – with a worldwide box office take of $76 million and 93% positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes – certainly helped raise the Danish filmmaker’s profile.

Prior to that film, Refn was known for edgy, divisive projects like Bronson (2008) and Valhalla Rising (2009), but his first effort was Pusher, a 1996 crime thriller that would evolve into a trilogy. Now, it seems that Refn’s career has come full circle, as he is executive producing the British remake of Pusher, the trailer and poster for which have just been released.

Most remakes are written off as nothing but lazy attempts to exploit an established fanbase, but given Refn’s involvement – and the fact that Zlatko Buric reprises his role from Refn’s version – the Pusher remake looks to hew closer to the source material than, say, the recent Total Recall redo.

Also, seeing as how mainstream American audiences are unlikely to be familiar with the original Pusher, this new film gives them a chance to experience the story from a fresh, modern perspective, while allowing the filmmakers the opportunity to (hopefully) make some fun creative choices to ensure that this new Pusher isn’t merely a retread of its predecessor. No one – least of all, fans of the Pusher trilogy – wants a situation similar to Gus Van Zant’s disastrous 1998 Psycho remake.

Check out the poster below:

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pusher 280x170 Trailer & Poster for the Remake of Nicolas Winding Refns Pusher

And here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Based on the edgy and explosive series by visionary director Nicolas Winding Refn (‘Drive’), ‘Pusher’ stars Richard Coyle as a drug dealer who grows increasingly desperate over the course of a week after a botched deal lands him in the merciless clutches of a ruthless crime lord.  The more desperate his behavior, the more isolated he becomes until there is nothing left standing between him and the bullet his debtors intend to fire his way.

Are you familiar with the original Pusher, Screen Rant readers? Will you check out the British remake? Sound off in the comments.

Pusher will be available on demand and on iTunes on Septermber 28th. It hits theaters on October 26th.

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  1. It looks too slick. The original worked cause it had this incredibly raw, unpolished, almost documentary or cinema verite look. This looks too smooth.

  2. Check your facts. Winding Refn is a DANISH film director, not DUTCH. Denmark – Netherlands – Two different countries.

    • Thank you

    • Apologize for the error. No disrespect to anyone, I assure you. Just a simple mistake on my part.

      • No worries :-)

  3. He’s from Denmark… Name one Dutch filmmaker?

    • Well, I guess there’s always Anton Corbijn ;-)

    • … or Tom Six (if you consider him a filmmaker that is)

    • Paul Verhoeven maybe?

      • What’s the track that plays during the trailer, does anyone know?

      • Of course. Verhoeven belongs on the list.

        • Jan De Bont as well ( director of Speed, Speed II ).

          As for the UK version of Pusher i saw it a while ago. It’s basically a shot for shot remake of the original version. Even the villan is the same actor from the original movie. Dialogue is pretty much what they said in the Danish version with some english slang thrown in. If you have seen the original version there is no point seeing this unless watching movies in another language with subtitles really annoys you.

  4. (psst, and I think you meant “hew”, not “hue”… to hew is “to give form to”, hue is “a gradation of colour”)

  5. Not familar with the original but I am a big fan of Refn, loved Bronson, liked Valhalla, and Drive is one of my all time favorites, so i will definitely check this out

  6. Will never be as good because it does not have Mads Mikkelsen as Tonny who made Pusher I and II so great!

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