It’s a holiday week, and therefore, with that and Comic-Con approaching, the film world is about to get all kinds of hectic. Hopefully this will help you clear out some of the nonsense and get to the important stuff.
First up, a trailer has arrived for a massively talked about festival darling, Sundance baby Craig Zobel’s Compliance, and with producer David Gordon Green firmly behind the director’s new film, this is looking like one of the year’s most interesting films. In all the research I’ve done about the project (I admittedly missed the film at SXSW this year), people have been tepid when discussing the plot, so I won’t try to do that here, but what I will say is that this trailer looks like an absolute stunner. I was a huge fan of Zobel’s Great World Of Sound, and with the pedigree behind this picture, it’s definitely one that I can’t wait to check out. It’s been described as ‘twisted’ and ‘disturbed’ by various outlets, so hopefully that isn’t without reason.
Next, we all have our first look at Naomi Watts in the upcoming Oliver Hirschbiegel film, Caught In A Fight, and it’s a tad creepy itself. The actress portrays Princess Diana, and the resemblance is uncanny. I’m a massive fan of the actress, and Hirschbiegel is an absolutely perfect director to take on this type of material, so with how great this film is apparently going to look, we’ve got something special in our future.
Finally, Ben Wheatley’s Kill List may not be coming to Criterion via partner IFC, but there is some good news coming out of Wheatley’s camp, as the director has a brand new project. Wheatley will helm a feature adaptation of the BBC miniseries Ideal. The film will follow Moz, a drug dealer in Salford, and it apparently signals a change of pace for Wheatley as a filmmaker. Best known for his thriller work, the director was actually behind 14 episodes of the series, so this isn’t truly out of the blue news, but it does sound absolutely entertaining.