Cannes is as much a market for wheeling and dealing as it is a place for shitty audiences to immaturely boo things they don’t care to understand, or pretentiously clap for half a goddamn hour when they do like something. So while the “tastemaking” reactions from the festival are valuable, we often gain more from the filmmakers that meet and end up collaborating, or the sales that occur between producers. In this case, production execs behind Golden Suicides are making deals, and one could be for Gaspar Noe to direct his first feature that he did not himself write. A product of Gus Van Sant and Brett Easton Ellis, it is based on a real life pair of suicides you may have heard about in 2007, and it sounds right up Noe’s ally.
Some assumed that Van Sant was in line to direct as well as write, but even when we covered the project a year and a half ago that seemed out of the question. Now it looks like Noe is the top contender among (presumably) several directors in talks.
I’d ask you to consider what Noe would do with a story about, “a popular couple on the downtown New York and Venice, Calif., art scenes… The couple descended into a paranoid spiral when the artists developed a consuming belief that government and religious organizations were conspiring against them. She killed herself in 2007. Blake found her body on the floor of their bedroom, and walked into the Atlantic Ocean a week later, ending his life.” Also consider that Brett Easton Ellis, of all people, translated that into a screenplay.
Sounds like a less isolated, trashy version of Bug, and I’m all for that. I love movies about lives or stories that spiral out of control, especially when the film has the balls to take it all the way and end when the story is over.
Noe isn’t signed, and a deal isn’t made, so I’m not getting my hopes up too strongly, and neither should you. If this gets rolling though, be sure we’ll tell you about it.
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Source | Screen Daily (via Empire)