Director James Ponsoldt, who helmed last year’s Sundance hit Smashed with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, has landed a pretty high profile property on the eve of the Sundance debut of his next film. Ponsoldt’s Smashed follow-up, The Spectacular Now, is one of the more highly anticipated films set to debut at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend, and now Heat Vision reports that he’s been tapped by Fox 2000 to write and direct an adaptation of the YA novel Pure. Written by author Julianna Baggot, Pure is the first book in a proposed trilogy that takes place in a post-apocalyptic world divided into two societies: the Pures who live healthily under a dome, and the Wretches who are forced to live amongst the ruins.
Pure centers on a young Wretch who runs away and teams up with the son of one of the Pure leaders. Obviously the success of The Hunger Games and Twilight has made studios more eager to adapt Young Adult novels, but the involvement of Ponsoldt with this project gives me hope that character development won’t be shafted in favor of action sequences or forced romances. Hit the jump to read a full synopsis of the book.
“Tommy – do you mind if I smoke?”
“I don’t care.”
“…Well, even if you did, you’re not filming this… so tough shit.”
And thus began my interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, the effortlessly charming and hilariously blunt actor behind such memorable roles in film (Watchmen, The Losers) and television (Grey’s Anatomy, Supernatural). There’s just something down right likable about the guy – and it aids him when asked to play even the darkest of characters or moments. In the much-better-than-you-think The Possession, Morgan stars as Clyde, a neglectful father trying to rectify his fraught relationship with his daughters after a messy divorce. Of course – when an evil demon-in-a-box possesses his youngest daughter, said rectifying becomes, well, much more difficult. It’s a very strong performance that helps elevate The Possession over your typical exorcism and/or horror film.
In the following interview with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, he discusses his distaste for most horror films (and why The Possession is the exception to the rule), his penchant for playing absentee fathers and his upcoming slate of projects (including Magic City Season Two, the James Gunn scripted Pure, and the Chloe Moretz co-starring The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea). For the full interview, hit the jump.