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Jim Jarmusch Reveals Next Film, ‘Ain’t Them Bodies’ Saints Director Ups Duties For ‘Pete’s Dragon,’ and More

Written by on April 7, 2014 

Set to hit theaters this Friday is Only Lovers Left Alive, the best film you’re bound to see this month and marking the welcome return of Jim Jarmusch. While it’s been half-a-decade since his last film hit screens, it looks like we won’t have to wait as long for the follow-up. While he’s continuing to work on a documentary about Iggy Pop and The Stooges, he also revealed his next narrative feature.

Speaking with the NY Times, he disclosed that the untitled project follows a bus driver and poet in Paterson, New Jersey and, according to an interview with The Playlist, it’ll be shooting this fall. He said, “It’s all written and everything, but I don’t really want to talk about it too much. I’m a little superstitious, but it’s set in the present in Paterson New Jersey. I don’t know if it’s any more of a comedy than any other film I’ve made, but it definitely has some funny stuff in it.” Hopefully we’ll learn of the initial casting momentarily, so stay tuned.

Coming off last year’s overlooked Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, writer-director David Lowery made the unexpected career move of signing on to script a reboot of Disney’s 1977 Pete’s Dragon. Initially tasked with with reinventing “the core story,” but this time without the musical numbers of the original animated/live-action hybrid family film, The Wrap now reports he’s stepped up to direct the project, which follows a orphan kid who brings his magical dragon to a new town and hijinks ensue (and also starred the late Mickey Rooney). There’s no details yet on when exactly this would begin production, but after his last feature, we’re looking forward to anything from the director.

Lastly, after culling together a major following thanks to the now defunct Totally Rad Show and other ventures, Dan Trachtenberg recently stepped into the world of Hollywood. We got word on a heist film he was looking to make before he jumped to a long-gestating adaptation of Y: The Last Man, but now it looks like another project has taken priority.

The Wrap reports that he’ll make his feature debut with Valencia, a $5 million thriller coming from Bad Robot and Paramount Insurge. Scripted by Dan Casey, the film mostly takes place in an underground cellar occupied by a teenage girl and her caretaker. With the former waking up there after a car accident, the latter tells her a nuclear attack has devastated society and she attempts to escape. Production kicks off this fall for a likely 2015 release.

Which of the above projects are you most looking forward to?


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