Despite a name-change, it looks like ‘Atomic Blonde‘, the very graphic but novel adaptation of ‘The Coldest City‘ could be another in-your-face hit…
Late last year there started to be a buzz about a forthcoming movie called The Coldest City, an adaptation of the graphic novel of the same name originally created by Antony Johnston and Sam Hart. The story involved the Cold War and much derring do involving agents, double-agents, deceit and treachery as an undercover MI6 agent, Lorraine Broughton (Charlize Theron), is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.
Then, mere weeks ago it was announced that the film would be undergoing a title change and would be released as Atomic Blonde.This felt like quite a radical shift and some wondered if it was just the marketing machine going for something more ‘eye-catching’. However a look at the trailer for the film (which stars Theron and James McAvoy with John Goodman, Til Schweiger, Eddie Marsan, Sofia Boutella and Toby Jones) – especially the red-band version (for mature audiences only, you’ve been warned) gives more than a subtle clue about the the title change and the tone of the piece.
Loud, proud explicit and dangerous, it’s directed by David Leitch who previously directed the first John Wick movie with Chad Stahelski and there’s certainly something of a similar in-your-face style to the over-the-top exploits of our main character The film debuted at this month’s South by SouthWest (SXSW) industry event and made quite an impact – the film opens to the public at the end of July, released by Focus Features.