Director Jeff Nichols Compares His Next Film MIDNIGHT SPECIAL to John Carpenter’s STARMAN

     January 22, 2013


Director Jeff Nichols (Shotgun Stories, Take Shelter, Mud) has explored dynamic family relationships and blue collars with a Southern backdrop in each of his films, but might be leaning towards genre territory for one of his next projects.  In a recent interview for MudNichols talked about his upcoming projects: the genre-slanted Midnight Special and an untitled work-in-progress that hits closer to his previous works.

Starring Matthew McConaughey, Tye Sheridan and Jacob Lofland, Nichols’ Mud opens April 26th.  Hit the jump to see what the director had to say about his next projects.

jeff-nichols-directorIn an interview with Movie Mezzanine (via The Film Stage), Nichols commented on Midnight Special as follows:

Right now I’m working on this one called Midnight Special. I won’t talk too much about it now, other than to say I kind of want to make a 1980s John Carpenter movie. If I had to choose one of those it would be Starman. 

It’s interesting because I’m doing the same thing I did in the summer of 2008 where I’m writing two scripts at once. And so Midnight Special is going to be a genre film put through whatever bizarre filter is me. And then I’m writing this other movie based on a documentary that will hopefully be austere, quiet, sad, and beautiful.

John Carpenter’s Starman, starring Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen, centered on an alien (Bridges) who models himself after a widow’s dead husband and kidnaps her so that she can drive him across the country to meet a deadline, all while avoiding Government forces.  Sounds like Nichols has a similar idea in mind for Midnight Special, so stay tuned for more news as this one develops. 


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