My, wouldn’t you say Kenneth Branagh has been getting around? Dropping Thor 2 really opened the fellow’s schedule to a wide, slightly varied berth of projects — among them, the untitled Jack Ryan reboot, a romantic drama starring Anthony Hopkins & Judi Dench, and the Kate Winslet-led Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. While I imagine, in light of this next news, that at least one would have to be sacrificed for the sake of both scheduling and, I’d say, relative convenience, it’s still fascinating to see him hop around. And because he directed a superhero movie!
Next up, Branagh has told The Guardian (via ThePlaylist) that he’ll, eventually, tackle a drama that sheds some light on his own Belfast childhood — particularly in relation to the Troubles, a decades-long political conflict that spread across Northern Ireland. Here was his quote on the prospective outing:
“What’s always appealed to me was to tell a story about my own experience: a generational thing about my time in Belfast, a particular slice of dockside, working-class, Protestant life. I have an almost photographic recall of seeing Bernadette Devlin [the republican activist and MP] on television in the riots, and what all of that was doing to our family and all of those around us.”
It sounds like nothing more than a simple ambition right now — not that he doesn’t have to start somewhere, or anything — and, with his packed lineup needing to be addressed, I’d think this project won’t actually see a projector’s light for the next several years. A bit unfortunate, though, since a ground-level, inside look at this fascinating time in Ireland’s history could live up to the era itself. When the time actually comes? I think many of us will then give it our attention.
Does Branagh’s proposed drama have the chance of delivering compelling cinema?