New Details Emerge for Shane Carruth’s Sci-Fi Epic A TOPIARY; David Fincher and Steven Soderbergh Were to Executive Produce

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Writer/director Shane Carruth is one of the more enigmatic filmmakers working today.  After bursting onto the scene with his cerebral Sundance hit Primer in 2004, Carruth seemingly disappeared.  He finally emerged late last year by announcing that he had completed production on his Primer follow-up, Upstream Color, and that film was set to debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Those looking for a more straightforward plot with Upstream Color were sorely disappointed, as Carruth crafted a film that was quite possibly even more complex than Primer, but it’s an unendingly fascinating piece of work that requires repeat viewings.

In the interim between the release of Primer and Upstream Color, rumors started to surface about an ambitious sci-fi project that Carruth was working on called A Topiary.  The filmmaker spent years developing the wildly ambitious pic but had trouble gaining financing, and he has seemingly given up getting the project off the ground altogether.  However, in a recent profile on Carruth, some highly intriguing plot details regarding A Topiary have been revealed.  Hit the jump to read on.

PRIMER Director Shane Carruth Moving Forward on Next Film, UPSTREAM COLOR

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Shane Carruth’s debut indie sci-fi flick Primer developed a devoted following, but he’s been trying to get his follow-up off the ground for the past seven years.  Now it looks like he got his next film off the ground, According to CHUD, the new film is called Upstream Color and is being billed as a “romance/drama/thriller”.  Upstream Color is unrelated to Carruth’s previous-rumored film A Topiary, which reportedly had an “insane” script and the plot was described as “an abstract arthouse take on Pokemon.”

The writer-director is planning a 40-day shoot beginning in early November through the end of January with casting currently underway in Dallas, Texas (where Carruth shot Primer).  Carruth recently worked on the time travel effects for Rian Johnson’s upcoming sci-fi film Looper.   Hit the jump for more details on the film.

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