One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was writer-director Jonathan Sobol‘s The Art of the Steal. Loaded with a great cast featuring Kurt Russell, Matt Dillon, Jay Baruchel, Terence Stamp, Katheryn Winnick, Jason Jones, and Chris Diamantopoulos, the film is about a small group that teams up to steal one of the most valuable books in the world. While I wasn’t sure what to expect going in, I had a blast watching The Art of the Steal. The pic is a fresh take on the heist genre, and it’s loaded with great dialogue and fun set pieces. I’m not sure when it’s going to be released in America, but it’s definitely worth checking out down the road.
Shortly after the world premiere I landed an exclusive video interview with Jonathan Sobol. He talked about being at TIFF, what the film is about, the cast, his editing process, deleted scenes, the short shooting schedule, what he collects, future projects (he’s developing a TV show called Iron Bellow which he describes as “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood on a boat”) and more. Hit the jump to watch.
- Talk about the TIFF experience. It’s a grueling process but incredibly rewarding.
- 0:35 – Pitches the movie for people who haven’t seen it yet.
- 1:00 – The ultimate goal was to make a fun movie and a throwback heist flick
- 2:05 – Sobol feels lucky to get the cast he did. It was intimidating at first.
- 3:20 – Shot it in 28 days with no overtime. The assembly cut was about two hours long.
- 4:40 – Talks about what they cut.
- 5:35 – The editing process was long, about eight months. They cut it in his basement. Says they learned a lot from test screenings.
- 6:40 – The trailer is out. The Canadian release is September 20. The U.S. release is coming shortly.
- 7:15 – Sobol recently started collecting old movie posters.
- 8:55 – Wants to get a TV show going—currently pitching Iron Belly to networks. Says it’s like “Downton Abbey meets Deadwood on a boat.” Talks in detail about the season arcs.