2013 is one strange time to call yourself a Paul Schrader fan. Some point of this calendar year is going to bring The Canyons, his troubled, (already) notorious Lindsay Lohan-starring thriller — which would normally be a point of positive interest, if it didn’t look so terrible. (I placed “positive” there for a reason.) On the other hand, Tim Roth, Brian Cox, and a slate of others have been down in Mexico to shoot The Jesuit, a writing excursion which, based on first descriptions, sounds to have more of the artist’s distinct and gritty stamp. It’s not directed by him, unfortunately, but that’s a sacrifice most will need to make if his work is to find some home.
I think this is, in some way, evidenced by a recent THR article, wherein it’s told that Drama Deluxe have tapped Schrader for a scribe job on The Devil’s Right Hand. It’s yet another thriller — not to mention a “fast-paced” one — this time set amongst a group of ad executives whose mutual dark secret has a chance to “destroy all their careers,” which means they probably killed someone on a wild trip to some foreign country. The idea stems from screenwriter Anders Ølholm, while cinematic inspirations include The Fugitive and The Firm — the latter of which fits into place, but the former of which raises a few questions.
I won’t necessarily ask them, myself, as the combination of Schrader and some foreboding language has me tuning in from the outset. Better yet that we won’t have to wait long: once The Devil’s Right Hand finds a director and group of stars, shooting will kick off in May.
How does all this strike you at the moment?
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