Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Source Code Sources
We got a little bit of info on Source Code, the Jake Gyllenhaal movie directed by Duncan Jones. Jones was interviewed by the folks at ManMadeMovies. Jones revealed that the movie should be released early next year and talked about going from the moon to Hollywood.
Back in January, you blogged here at the start of the Source Code process. Can you tell us a bit about how it all panned out after that, the experience of working, the learning experience, the cast, managing a second unit in Chicago etc?
It has been a seismic shift on how I would normally work, but I think I have adjusted ok. It all makes complete sense, when you think about it. With more money, there is more caution, more advice, more suggestion, and over the course of making the film, I had to keep reminding myself that I was asked to direct the film because the people in charge trusted my choices. I think that was the real turning point. At first it was a little over whelming, being second-guessed so much, but I educated myself fast, and fortunately I was supported by the incredibly gracious and talented Jake G, who really got behind me and trusted my instincts. It would have been easy to lose my perspective, with so many others being offered.
Don't get excited about seeing any SC material anytime soon:
To date, we have seen no (official) footage, or even a single still from SC, is this a conscious thing? More & more films these days seem to start releasing promotional material earlier & earlier in the process.
Absolutely. We showed a lot early, on Moon. People knew more than they should have just by watching the trailer. I think for a small film like Moon, it was probably the right move, but this film is a little bigger, and I think we can afford to hold our cards a little closer to our chest. I feel much more comfortable with that, because it means that when we DO release stuff, we will have had a chance to really work on it, think it through and make sure it really gives everyone a good sense of what we are trying to make. Source Code is very different than Moon… its quite a bit different from a lot of films, to be honest, and Im hoping when we are ready to show people, the patience will pay off.
Patience, yes. We Jake fans have learned to practice that.
We’re all REALLY looking forward to Source Code, especially after the great feedback from Jake Gyllenhaal while being interviewed on PoP promotional tour, if you could take a step back, like Worzel Gummidge, and pop on an audience head, what would you think of what you have all achieved?
Too close to it, to be honest! I know that performance-wise we got some great stuff from Jake, Michelle, Vera and Jeffrey. I know that the script was always tight, and the film has a hell of a fast pace to it. I know that I did my best to inject some humor where I could. But other than that, we float, helpless in the post-production maelstrom right now!
See how I have resisted making a joke about whether we'll see a Source Code poster before one for Love and Other Drugs. Admire my restraint!
Fox is apparently not showing LaOD in Toronto, but there was a screening in Kansas, where all the hip movies are shown, on Tuesday night. We'll update if reviews trickle in. So far, the only reaction found is from a Facebook poster:
funny but little too much Anne Hathaway sans clothing. Was borderline "skinamax".
Note that she did not complain about too much Jake skin. This could mean either that a) She has good taste or b) There isn't enough naked Jake to mention.
Please let it be A!
Ooh, here's a blogger rave for LaOD. Warning - there are spoilers in the review:
Chick flick. Romantic Comedy. These are words that will make almost any man cringe when uttered by his girlfriend. I know I do. When my girlfriend mentioned the invite for an advanced screening of a new romantic comedy I almost told her to take a friend. I’m glad I didn’t. ...
This film was by far the best romantic comedy I have seen. It’s smart, sexy, raunchy, and hilarious. The chemistry between Gyllenhaal and Hathaway worked very well, and their relationship was very believable. Josh Gad’s character added the raunchy ‘Hangover-esque’ guy type of comedy needed to keep the male half of a couple interested. Writer/Director Ed Zwick’s interpretation of Jamie Reidy’s novel Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagara Salesman translated extremely well to the big screen and made me want to read the book. I know, the movie is never as good. Overall, the film worked, the cast including Platt and Azaria were perfectly picked, and I would totally recommend it.
Hopefully ‘Love and Other Drugs’ does well at the Box Office and causes a trend toward ‘rom-com’s’ that work for both members of the sexes.
I give ‘Love and Other Dugs’ 4 1/2 Stars
Thanks for the review, Shep!
(Most photos courtesy of IHJ. Source Code gewgaw courtesy of Digital Spy Movies, via ManMadeMovies