Tidbits: Paul Schrader Wants Input For The Canyons And Lifetime Backs Silence Of The Lambs Spin-Off TV Series

While it has been a while since we’ve seen him behind the camera (his last film was Adam Resurrected in 2008), director Paul Schrader’s next film is not only set to head in front of cameras relatively soon, but he is also taking to Facebook to see just what his fans think the film should look like.

The Canyons is set to shoot this summer, and with his final bit of Kickstarter-backed funding coming into place, he’s taken to the social networking outlet and had this to say:

THE CANYONS. The material is classic BEE. Character driven, dialogue driven, explicit in word if not action. Two visual poles are emerging in the low budget world: on one side,  Wong Kar Wai‘s  Fallen Angeles[sic]. On the other  Xavier Dolan‘s  Heartbeats. Both styles mix approaches, use hand held, work economically. Both are composed as opposed to faux verite. You could distinquish them by saying Fallen Angels aspires to the characters’ POV, Heartbeat to the director’s. A third path? Better examples from the micro budget world? Paul S.

The idea of him taking to one of these two indie aesthetics is really thrilling. I love that he’s taking this crowd sourced project to the public and seeing just what we all would like to see him take on. I wouldn’t trust most filmmakers when taking in fan input, but Schrader is a singular director with a very distinct style both behind the camera and with Bret Easton Ellis aboard to write the film, this is definitely something to keep a keen eye on.

Something totally opposite that is something Lifetime has in store for us. The company is working on a Silence Of The Lambs spin-off, entitled ‘˜Clarice,’ that will look at the titular character from the franchise. With NBC hard at work on ‘˜Hannibal,’ the film has been quite inspiring as of late, at least for TV developers. Personally, I have absolutely no idea what Lifetime plans on doing here, but whatever it is, I think it’s highly unlikely that it’ll be good.

What do you think?

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Joshua Brunsting

Josh is a critic, a member of the Online Film Critics Society, a wrestling nerd, a hip-hop head, a father, a cinephile and a man looking to make his stamp on the world, one word at a time.

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