Ben Wheatley will be the latest director to try and climb J.G. Ballard‘s satirical sci-fi novel High-Rise. Published in 1975, the book, per Empire, “takes place in a tower block, which is supposed to be a gleaming new, exciting and exotic home for its affluent residents, but ends up isolating and factionalizing them into all-out war, with the surface sophistication degenerating to primal savagery.” So it’s pretty much in the violent wheelhouse Wheatley established with his first three movies, Down Terrace, Kill List, and Sightseers.
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Hardware and Dust Devil director Richard Stanley has come on to write the screenplay for director Vincenzo Natalie’s adaptation of J.G. Ballard’s novel, High Rise. In an interview with Bleeding Cool [via Twitch], Natali said:
Richard’s writing a draft right now … for years I had worked on High Rise myself, pretty much alone. At one point Rudy Wurlitzer had written a draft, He’s quite a well known screen writer. That hadn’t really worked out, and at a certain point, I just felt tapped out. So Jeremy Thomas suggested Richard who he had worked with in the past, so Richard’s come in and he’s really injected new blood into it. I think we’re going to nail it, I think it’s going to be great.
Hit the jump for the synopsis of Ballard’s novel plus a recap of Natali’s other projects.
As I said when I first interviewed director Vincenzo Natali at this year’s WonderCon, one of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and awesome. If you’re the kind of person that complains Hollywood never does anything original, you’re going to want to check out Splice this weekend. Here are some clips.
Anyhow, with the movie set for release tomorrow, I recently sat down one more time with this talented director to talk about his film. During our extended interview we talked about the challenges of getting Splice made, what will be on the DVD/Blu-ray, what’s up with High Rise, Tunnels and Neuromancer, and a lot more. Hit the jump to check it out.
Last week, we excitedly reported that director Vincenzo Natali (Splice) would be taking over the adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer from Joseph Kahn (Torque). Speaking with io9, Natali clarified that he hasn’t signed the contracts yet, but he does have Gibson’s blessing. Natali then went on at length about what he finds fascinating about Neuromancer and how he plans to adapt it. He also spoke about his “social disaster” film High Rise, which he mentioned to Steve this year at WonderCon.
Hit the jump to read what he had to say about Neuromancer and High Rise. Splice hits theaters on June 4th.
One of the best films I saw at this year’s Sundance Film festival was director Vincenzo Natali’s Splice. Starring Adrien Brody and Sarah Polley as genetic scientists that create a new life form with severe consequences, the film is original, dark, twisted, and it looks like a Hollywood produced film. That’s probably why Joel Silver agreed to distribute Splice through his Dark Castle label (via Warner Bros.) on June 4th. Trust me, the film is absolutely worth seeing.
Anyway, a few days ago I was at WonderCon and got to speak with Vincenzo Natali. We discussed what edits he’s made since Sundance, how the film came together, how Joel Silver got involved, some possible next projects like High Rise and Tunnels, and a lot more. Watch it after the jump: