A young child connects with their dead parent via the posthumous power of something the latter used to own. During the last awards season, there were two films with this basic conceit, coincidentally placed on opposite ends of the quality pole: the “movies are great!” message of Hugo, and a slog of “9/11 affected people” that was Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.
Mixtape will probably not be an Oscar contender, but one simple description puts it in greater favor than Stephen Daldry begging for a piece of gold. Written by Stacey Menear, the American Zoetrope award-winning and Black List-placed script centers on a 12-year-old orphan girl who finds a mixtape made by her mother years before. Sine this is “the only link she has to her deceased parents,” she soon goes on a quest to track down each obscure song, all in the hopes of “finding out something about her parents, or herself, along the way.”
Maven Pictures and Jim Wedaa Productions possess the rights and, now, Deadline reports that Tom Vaughan (Extraordinary Measures, What Happens In Vegas) will helm the project. He, when asked, said the project appeals to him on the basis of its story “about growing up, discovering the power of music and understanding who you are.” And, of course, there was also some goings-on about how great the screenplay is; I like to think he’s just telling the truth, in this case.
His prior work doesn’t have much in the way of humanism or, really, general emotion — one was even about dying kids! — though I, being a sucker, do get the vibe that Mixtape‘s script has an emotional backbone able to take it somewhere else. Somewhere past this.
Does Vaughan have the skill to make Mixtape a strong emotional journey?
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