Thursday, 17 April 2008
Even more Ridley
I've been a Ridley Scott fan ever since I was at school and first saw Alien (on laserdisc at a friend's house but that's another story). And while there are movies of his over the years that haven't connected with me, his hit rate is incredible. He's one of the filmmakers of my generation, a supreme stylist sure, but more than that, Scott creates onscreen worlds that totally envelope the audience in a way that few directors can. Scott's in his sixties now, but he seems to be working hard than ever. He's the kind of filmmaker who simply can't sit still. He's wrapping up Body Of Lies starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Russell Crowe for release this autumn, and has both Blood Meridian and Nottingham in development. And now he's added The Kind One to his busy slate. A period noir drama set to star the great Casey Affleck who was in the Scott-produced The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, the film is based on a novel by Tom Epperson, who will also pen the screenplay. According to Variety, the story, set in 1930s Los Angeles, "centres on an amnesiac who finds himself working for a mobster — a killer nicknamed "the Kind One" — and falling in love with the thug's girlfriend". It's an era Scott's not tackled before. And having produced the definitive future LA on film, I'm excited to see his period version.