One of the true what-does-he-even-do-for-money auteurs of our time, Jonathan Glazer has made many wait hard for his follow-up to 2014’s Under the Skin. Whatever else happens today, many will come away from it contended by news that the next picture’s lined up: speaking on the Dash of Drash podcast (via The Playlist), Glazer announced his intention to next direct a currently untitled drama about bystanders — “the bystanders, the onlookers, the complicit” — of the Holocaust, or “how it would be possible to stand by and watch that.” It’s expected that production will commence next year for a 2020 premiere.

If all goes well, the large gap between one film and the other should, in some sense, show: Glazer’s found himself “working entirely on this project” over four or five years, partly to assess the ethical ins and outs of transforming a cataclysmic event into cinema — a process through which he, a Jewish man, has seemingly worked to avoid anything like a non-essential story. The possibilities of these few doled-out ingredients are large. And grim. Whatever your stance on his previous features, their formal makeup is clearly, explicitly designed to wrap around, become one with, the material; make of it what you will that he’s already claimed Auschwitz will be its own character. (I already have and I am very sorry.) The mind so devoted to an alien perspective in Under the Skin being applied to humanity’s darkest time could be unbearable, amazing, or both.

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