We saw (and enjoyed) Adam Wingard‘s horror film You’re Next at last year’s TIFF. Lionsgate were fairly quick in picking it up for theatrical release, going as far as planning a release for the fall of 2012. And, here we are, in the fall of 2012, with not so much as a trailer to prove the film actually exists.
It’s coming, though, and the studio have have finally set a date for You’re Next: August 23rd, 2013, in the words (dates?) of Collider. That’s… actually, kind of a long time, so anyone who really wants to see Wingard‘s film — which, to be honest, I don’t think is a very wide contingent — best hold on for the next eleven months or so.
Not that this should be any real consolation, but the director does hope to bring more of this series to theater screens with sequels and the like — he can even get the second film out around the same time as his first! (Well, Wingard would actually like to take advantage of his time in that particular sense. You get the gist of my joke, anyhow.)
Read a quote about that below (via /Film):
“I think I have a really fun idea for a sequel and, I mean, the thing about it is maybe it’s going to work out, because maybe the film will come out and even if it’s a little bit later than October and if it does well and a sequel is greenlit, maybe at that point we would feel more comfortable coming back as a team and doing it. Whereas right now, if the movie was going to go into production, we would probably try to tailor it for another director and writing team for a rewrite. Maybe if the timing works out and we feel, career-wise, comfortable enough to jump into a sequel, which obviously is a risky thing, but the idea that we have I think is such a fun kind of approach to a sequel. Basically we would take it like the first movie is ALIEN and the next movie is ALIENS.”
Slightly different territory is covered by THR, who tell us Summit have set the young adult adventure Divergent for March 21st, 2014. Based upon the novel by Veronica Roth, which is being adapted by Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman), the romp will take place in “a world where society is divided into five factions that represent a particular virtue, including honesty, selflessness, bravery, peacefulness and intelligence.” The protagonist, Beatrice Prior, has to pick one of these territories for herself; perhaps the name is some kind of indication by way of metaphor, or something.
While Neil Burger had, very recently, been rumored for the director’s chair, THR make no mention of him, saying a helmer still needs to be acquired. Make of that whatever you please, though I’m sort of expecting the now-Uncharted-bereft director is going to stick around. What else has he got to do?
Further down the line, a press release announced that How to Make Money Selling Drugs will educate the lot of us when it hits in March 2013, following an awards-qualifying run, courtesy of Tribeca Films. As is customary, they’ll be putting the film in theaters and on VOD in a day-and-date sort of deal.
The trailer sold Drugs as more of a social investigation than instruction manual (only serving to ruin my terrific joke), bringing in commentary from everyone — Woody Harrelson to David Simon, with 50 Cent, Arianna Huffington, and Susan Sarandon included for good measure. It’s described as “a captivating glimpse into the lives of those on both sides of the ‘war on drugs,'” the sort which gives us an idea of “how public policy and government drug enforcement have struggled to creatively adapt to and effectively disincentive Americans from dealing drugs.”
Then there are a couple of acquisitions coming out of festivals. The biggest of these would probably be IFC taking Mira Nair‘s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, a thriller starring Riz Ahmed as a young man of Pakistani descent whose life is changed by 9/11. Things get a whole lot more intriguing from there, judging by synopses, so I’ll wait to know more. Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson, and Liev Schreiber also star.
The next round of deals come from Variety, Variety, and Variety, all three of whom report on buys for No Place on Earth (Magnolia), While We Were Here (Wrekin Hill), and Motorway (Lionsgate / Grindstone). The first of these is a documentary, wherein director Janet Tobias focuses on 38 Ukrainian Jews who hid from Nazi forces by inhabiting caves for eighteen months.
Then there’s Here, a Tribeca title which Kat Coiro directed for Kate Bosworth, Jamie Blackley, and Iddo Goldberg starred in. The picture centers on a writer, played by the actress, who is trying to figure out her career and personal life when going on a business trip with her husband to the Amalfi Coast.
Motorway, on the other hand, is a street racing-focused Japanese actioner directed by Soi Cheang. That follows “a secret police force which targets illegal racing and fugitives on the run,” and an agent who “must decide how far he is willing to go to put [a legendary fugitive] away for good.” No date has been set for either.
Does the long wait for You’re Next create any frustration? What are your takes on these other projects?
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