Writer-director J.C. Chandor landed a breakthrough flick with 2011’s Margin Call. Chandor picked up an Oscar nomination for his screenplay, and his follow-up feature, All Is Lost, nabbed Robert Redford for the lead. According to the press release from August, “Redford stars in a solo performance of one man lost at sea and his battle against the elements to stay alive.” As we saw from Life of Pi, it’s not easy to make a movie where a single actor is stranded in the middle of the ocean. But at least Pi Patel had a tiger for conversation. Redford’s character will be silent.
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At a press conference for the opening of the Sundance Film Festival, Redford said [via The Playlist] his character has no dialogue. I’m curious to see if this includes voiceover, but even if it does, it will still be fascinating to see Redford in a movie unlike anything he’s done before, and hopefully trusting Chandor to deliver. Redford has a history of forcing his will on the script and direction of his acting projects, but it looks like Chandor has been given the freedom to try something unique. At the very least, it won’t have supposedly-intelligent characters asking their underlings to “explain it to me like I’m a child.”
Filming has wrapped on All Is Lost, so it will be interesting to see if it gets released this year, or if Chandor will choose to hold it for Sundance 2014. Either way, I’m inclined to believe the flick will premiere at a Festival rather than launch directly into theaters.