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'Brothers' gets a director: and it's Macon Blair

Updated: May 4, 2020

This has been an interesting one. I'm a big fan of the movie Twins (1988) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, so I've been lightly following any news regarding Brothers, which is supposed to be very much in the vein of the aforementioned 80's classic. Well, do we have some news today courtesy of Variety, who've landed the exclusive that Macon Blair is to take up (no rhyme intended) the directors' chair.

So who's Macon, then? (Obviously you're on a first name basis - Ed.) Well, Macon appeared in a slew of films from 2006 onwards (before this he was in shorts) but was, to this writer, most memorable in Green Room (2015) as Gabe, one of the skinhead club employees. As an aside, I'm surprised Green Room was so long ago - it doesn't seem like that much time has passed. Green Room, of course, also featured an incredible performance from Anton Yelchin, who we sadly lost in 2016 (again, has it really been that long?) Macon moved from acting to directing, most notably with I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore which is currently available on Netflix and debuted in Japan in 2017. Indeed, the movie knocked people's socks off at the Sundance Film Festival that year, winning the grand jury prize. With another couple of decent directing and writing credits, Macon was well placed to land an opportunity like Brothers.

When it comes to re-purposing a classic like Twins, it's always going to be hard to find actors to fill the shoes of the originals. Well, the powers that be have pulled in none other than Josh Brolin and Peter Dinklage. Dinklage, of course, well known for his turn in Game of Thrones, and Brolin for - well, for being Thanos. Just imagine Thanos being your big brother for a second. Unthinkable. Although, mind you, nobody would bother you on the bus home from school would they? Anyway it's pretty clear that Brolin is the analogue for Arnie and Dinklage for DeVito, in this case. I mean, if it's the other way round I'd be very surprised. But then it is 2020, so you never know.

Someday we will be the ones landing exclusives, NOT Variety (spits). Just because they have access to - (Fran... - Ed.) Okay, okay. I was only joking - most publications seek out the exclusive articles and throw a few sprinkles on them. It's not like I didn't credit them and link to their article, is it? It could be worse - I could be sourcing smut from TMZ! All of that aside the news is rather exciting and we will keep you SUITABLY abreast of any developments we find lurking in the Latest News Maelstrom of the Nightmare Zone (Twitter).

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