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.