Brad Anderson Reteaming with Christian Bale for 'Concrete Island'

February 8, 2011
Source: STYD, WGTC

Brad Anderson / Christian Bale The Machinist

Some news for fans of The Machinist. Director Brad Anderson is out talking with press this week for the upcoming theatrical release of his creepy thriller Vanishing on 7th Street (watch our review from Toronto). One other project he talked to press about is called Concrete Island, an adaptation based on J.G. Ballard's novel, that apparently The Machinist and The Crazies writer Scott Kosar is adapting. Not only is he working on that, teaming him up with Kosar again, but apparently none other than actor Christian Bale is attached as well, as confirmed by both ShockTillYouDrop and a site called We Got This Covered. More quotes below!

Anderson provided separate quotes to each website, but he pretty much says the same thing to both anyway. Anderson: "I've got another project that Scott Kosar, the writer of The Machinist is writing. It's based on J.G. Ballard's novel called Concrete Island. It's an urban survival story that Christian Bale is attached to be in." So there you go. Anderson also provides somewhat of a different perspective on the project to STYD:

"The best way to describe it is it's like an urban Robinson Crusoe story - a guy crashes a car into a highway interchange and is marooned in this weedy lot, injured, and can't escape and he's basically trying to survive in the middle of the big urban Metropolis. It's sort of a crazy, cool Ballard-esque type story, but Christian's on board to do that when we can fit it into his schedule, of course."

That probably means not for a while, considering he's about to win an Oscar and has The Dark Knight Rises coming up, as well as numerous other projects, like potentially Kathryn Bigelow's Triple Frontier. Ballard's book is apparently quite complex, which will make it a challenge to adapt. "Ballard's novels are complex, obsessive, frequently poetic, and always disquieting chronicles of nature rebelling against humans, of the survival of barbarism in a world of mechanical efficiency, of ethropy, anomie, breakdown, ruin." It would be great to see these three reunite for yet another edgy, complex psychological thriller, and if it ends up being Concrete Island, I'm all for it. We'll let you know if they ever get this moved into production. Sound good?

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I like this group of attached names. The Machinist was a wild trip, and Bale looked like he was knocking on death's door (very loudly). I'll keep my eye on it.

Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011


"Ballard's book is apparently quite complex, which will make it a challenge to adapt." My thoughts exactly. I read this book two years ago when I first heard Christian Bale had an interest in this project, and I thought, "How the hell are they going to adapt this book to film?" However, with a gifted writer like Scott Kosar at the helm, I have no doubt that it will be an intricately layered and thought-provoking story. Perhaps this time around, the team of Anderson, Kosar and Bale will get better financial backing for this project than they did for "The Machinist."

MNgal on Feb 9, 2011


Can I get a "Hell Yeah!"

Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011


Concrete Island is an amazing book, very visual and very psychological at the same time. Love to see this on the big screen.

Gavin Ellis on Feb 11, 2011


amazing 😀

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


amazing 😀

A5J4DX on Nov 13, 2018


I love Brad Anderson, and Concrete Island is one of my fave JGB novels. Only awesomeness came of this.

Anonymous on Feb 13, 2011

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